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Mediha DiMartino

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Aerospace Takes Off

Manufacturing: Mergers are changing the landscape for local businesses

The manufacturing sector kicked off 2020 with several aerospace mergers that are poised to roll up local operations into much larger entities.

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FabFitFun Hires CMO

Former Netflix exec will be first marketing head

FabFitFun Inc. has hired its first chief marketing officer, former Netflix Inc. executive Louisa Wee.

Shabby Chic Tries Clothing

Design line launches fashion collection

Liliput & Co., which does business as Shabby Chic, the home goods brand, is aiming for another area of the house — the closet.

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A Giving Mood

Innovative local companies embrace volunteerism to connect with workers and their communities

Businesses taking note of employees' benefits preferences are embracing social responsibility programs to boost recruitment, retention and productivity.

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Glasswerks Buys NWI

Deal for Seattle company expected to boost capacity

Glasswerks, a Southgate-based glass fabricator, acquired Seattle-based Northwestern Industries Inc.

Trader Joe’s Cuts ‘Two Buck’ Price

Grocer reduces costs, passes along savings

Trader Joe’s Co.’s Charles Shaw wine is living up to its Two Buck Chuck nickname again, at least in California.

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Molson Coors to Quit Irwindale Brewery

Molson Coors Beverage Co. said it will cease operations at its Irwindale brewery by September and has offered the facility to Pabst Brewing Co. for $150 million.

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Sugarfina Sets Mexico Store

Candy-maker partners with GINgroup

Sugarfina USA is venturing into the Latin American market with a confections boutique in Mexico City, one month after it emerged from bankruptcy.

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Trade & Retail: Ports grapple with changes from trade war and AB5

For the roughly 17,000 truckers who transport goods in and out of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, 2020 brings much uncertainty.

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Entertainment: Streaming is set to draw an even bigger crowd

The streaming universe, which saw the arrival of two major players in 2019, will become even more crowded in the year ahead.

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Wheel House

Doug Eroh and Brendan Harrington keep Longo Toyota in the driver’s seat

When Douglas Eroh took the reins as president and general manager at Longo Toyota in November 2018, he had a legacy to uphold — the dealership has been Toyota Motor North America Inc.’s top performer for more than half a century.

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Big 5 Looks to Maintain Momentum

Sporting goods retailer upbeat despite stock slump

The Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp.’s holiday sales period is off to a solid start, picking up on the momentum from merchandise margin gains achieved in the prior quarter.

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Port of LA Sets Partnerships

Signs deals with Indonesian, Danish port operators

The Port of Los Angeles has pledged to collaborate with entities from Northern Europe and Indonesia on port operations, technology and more.

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Pop Culture

Pop-up shops give a boost to area malls, especially during the holidays

Pop-up shops, once a novelty retail concept, are becoming part of the permanent landscape at local shopping centers.

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Guess Charts Ambitious Path

Fashion: Retailer targets $3B in revenue by 2025

Guess Inc. Chief Executive Carlos Alberini returned to the company in February after a nine-year absence with big ideas and bigger goals.

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Traffic Drops Again at LA, LB Ports

Trade: Tariffs continue to take toll on imports

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles saw cargo traffic dip again in November.

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Write It Off

Entertainment: After battling in 2019, showdown looms for Writers Guild, agencies

Behind the scenes in Hollywood, 2019 was an even more contentious — and litigious — year than usual, especially for the Writers Guild of America.

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Dog-matic

Healthy pet snack-maker Pawstruck is barking up the right tree

It’s hardly a ruff life for Pawstruck, a healthy pet snacks venture.

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Driving Force

Integrity Cargo Solutions connects the dots for shippers, truckers

Integrity Cargo Solutions connects truckers and the loads they’ll haul.

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Squar Milner Announces Acquisitions

ACCOUNTING: Deals for SRG and BPE&H team expands presence in LA market

Accounting firm Squar Milner continues to expand its L.A. footprint with two new deals.

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Facebook

Dialing in partnerships and ramping up technology

Facebook’s L.A. operations focus on VR and AR.

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Netflix

Streaming giant eyes expansion — and competitors

Netflix is making its presence felt with multiple Hollywood locations.

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Amazon

A sprawling presence, from media to devices

Amazon is giving traditional Hollywood studios a run for their money.

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Food from the Heart

Panda Restaurant Group relies on passion, innovation for growth

Panda Restaurant Group focuses on its workers as the company continues to expand.

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Special Report: 8 Over 80

Eight octogenarians (and beyond) reveal what they're working on, what about their industries is changing and why they have no desire to retire.

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Dr. Howard Murad, 80

Special Report : 8 Over 80

Howard Murad went from refugee to skincare king.

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H.F. “Bert” Boeckmann II, 89

Special Report: 8 Over 80

George Rosenthal has lived a life that has exceeded his fantasies

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George Rosenthal, 83

Special Report: 8 Over 80

George Rosenthal has lived a life that has exceeded his fantasies

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Izzy Freeman, 80

Special Report: 8 Over 80

Izzy Freeman stays in business for the people

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Bert Fields, 90

Special Report: 8 Over 80

Bert Fields has represented many Hollywood royalty over the years.

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Edward Lawler III, 81

Special Report: 8 Over 80

Edward Lawler III has seen L.A.’s business environment diversify.

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Betye Saar, 93

Special Report: 8 Over 80

For Betye Saar, creativity is contagious

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Robert Maguire III, 84

Special Report: 8 Over 80

Robert Maguire III has made a lasting impact on L.A. — and its skyline.

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Jannard Attempts 3-Peat

MEDIA: RED founder eyes August launch for new phone

Jim Jannard’s latest project, the Hydrogen One smartphone, is billed as a “holographic media machine.”

Drucker Enlists J.D. Power on Company Ranking

Annual publication rates nearly 700 large-cap, U.S.-based companies

Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University partners with J.D. Power and Associates on the annual Drucker Institute Co. Ranking.

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Turner Sports Signs to Livestream Surf Tourneys

Santa Monica-based league’s events set for network’s B/R platform

Turner Sports’ live streaming platform B/R Live has agreed to broadcast various events.

OpenGate Portfolio Company PennySaver USA Cuts Distribution

Brea discount mailer company PennySaver USA, a portfolio company of Century City private equity firm OpenGate Capital, announced Monday that it would cease distribution to several areas, mainly in Northern California’s East Bay and South Bay regions.

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