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Fruit Bar Makers Launch Cold War

FOOD: Duo says rival ice-cream distributor is freezing them out.Fruit bar makers claim new rival is using its powerful ice-cream distribution network to freeze them out.

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Cardenas Invites Sriracha Maker to the Valley

U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas wrote an open letter Wednesday to Sriracha-sauce maker Huy Fong Foods Inc. to consider relocating to the San Fernando Valley.

American Apparel Back in Stock Market Compliance

American Apparel Inc. said late Wednesday that it had been informed by the NYSE Mkt Exchange that the company was back in compliance with the exchange’s listing requirements.

Blackstone Unit to Invest in Rentech

Shares of Rentech Inc. jumped 13 percent on Thursday after the company said that a Blackstone Group unit would invest $150 million in its wood fiber business. It also announced a settlement with a dissident investor group.

Loss Narrows for Joe's Jeans

Joe's Jeans Inc. on Wednesday reported a smaller fiscal first-quarter net loss and a boost in sales, both attributed to its acquisition of Hudson Clothing Holdings Inc.

Teledyne Buys Lab Equipment Firm

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. acquired Photon Machines Inc., a Montana company that makes lab instrumentation equipment.

Gores Group Sells Security Company

Gores Group on Wednesday said it has sold an Alabama security products company to Cornerstone Detention Products in the same state.

Swiss Firm Takes Stake in American Apparel

A Swiss investment firm has acquired more than a third of American Apparel’s latest stock offering, becoming the company’s second-largest investor and bailing the L.A. company out of a debt crisis.

Long Beach Boeing Plant to Close Earlier Than Expected

Boeing Co. said Monday it expected to end production of its C-17 Globemaster III transport jet at its Long Beach plant three months earlier than expected.

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Brand Recognition

INVESTMENT: Incubator Imprint Venture Lab forgoes tech scene to find and power up apparel, appliance businesses.

The incubator Imprint Venture Lab eyes new brands in the hope of repeating its success with Knockaround Sunglasses.

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Security System Maker Risks Taking on Big Guys

MANUFACTURING: Smaller player Astrophysics aims to expands sales by 50 percent.

Astrophysics battles bigger rivals to lock down a piece of the security screening market.

Solid Concepts Is Acquired

Stratasys, an international 3-D printing company, said it plans to buy Valencia’s Solid Concepts Inc. and another private company in Texas, and will merge them with its own manufacturing subsidiary.

Platinum Equity Sells Tech Holding

Platinum Equity on Wednesday said that has sold Truesense Imaging to On Semiconductor Corp., a Phoenix maker of chips for electronic systems.

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Spillover Feared in Fracking Ban

ENERGY: Industry sees city of L.A. proposal closing other wells.

Oil companies fear a city of L.A. proposal to halt fracking would spill over to other drilling practices.

All-Electric Satellite Project Builds Positive Buzz

AEROSPACE: Boeing says deals came quickly for its more efficient products.

Boeing Co. announced last week that it has completed the primary structures of the world’s first pair of all-electric satellites, which are expected to be delivered late this year or early next.

Long Beach Transit Cancels BYD Bus Contract

The board of Long Beach Transit voted Thursday to cancel the transit agency's contract for 10 of BYD Motors Inc.’s electric buses.