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New Age Hits For Toymakers

MANUFACTURING: Jakks, Mattel to grow up for gamers.Toymakers Jakks and Mattel aim to tap video games to gain a virtual edge with aging customers.

By Carol Lawrence March 2, 2015 midnight   $$ Share

Mattel Inks Deal for Mobile Games Based on Its Characters

In a move to link more of its traditional toys to technology, El Segundo toy maker Mattel Inc. has struck a deal with Hong Kong mobile games developer Animoca to create games based on the toy company’s brands.

Dockworkers, Employers OK Contract

Importers and exporters whose business depends on the L.A.’s twin ports and other West Coast harbors can breathe a sigh of relief: A tentative labor contract, reached in late February between dockworkers and terminal operators after months of work slowdowns and near gridlock, has been approved by both sides.

Port of Long Beach to Shell Out for Chassis Fleet

The more truck chassis, the merrier – that’s why the Port of Long Beach is going to build its own fleet of the truck trailers used to haul shipping containers to and from the port and the Port of Los Angeles.

Briefs: Ducommun Expands Relationship with Gulfstream, Brown Signs Climate Change Agreement

Ducommon, Gulfstream Expand Relationship Carson aerospace manufacturer Ducommun Inc. is expanding its business with business-jet maker Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. to make parts for two new business jets models.

Protests Planned at L.A. Water Bottling Plant

Activists are planning to show up by the busload outside of Nestle Waters North America’s bottling facilities in downtown Los Angeles and Sacramento on Wednesday.

Long Beach Cargo Up in April

In contrast to the neighboring Port of Los Angeles, where container cargo volumes fell last month, Port of Long Beach officials reported a nearly 8 percent increase in April container cargo volume compared to the same month last year.

Kubota Chooses Texas Over Torrance

Japanese equipment manufacturer Kubota Tractor Corp. and its financing arm Kubota Credit Corp. are leaving Torrance. And like a handful of other companies that have left the area lately, Kubota is decamping for the Lone Star State.

Hollywood Lighting Company Plans Move to Valley

Entertainment industry lighting manufacturer Mole-Richardson Co. is moving its headquarters and factory to Pacoima from Hollywood.

Superior Industries to Move Headquarters to Michigan

Superior Industries International Inc. is relocating its headquarters from Van Nuys to a Detroit suburb, a move that will end the aluminum-wheel manufacturer’s presence in the San Fernando Valley and put it closer to its Detroit customers.

Harbor Truckers Back to Work

A five-day strike by truck drivers at trucking companies’ headquarters, truck yards and at terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is over after drivers returned to work Friday.

Microsemi Corp. Completes Acquisition of Vitesse Semiconductor Corp.

Semiconductor manufacturer Microsemi Corp. closed its acquisition of Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. on Tuesday in a deal valued at $389 million.

Contract Truckers Picket L.A., Long Beach Ports

Drivers at several trucking companies serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach picketed four trucking companies Monday, pressuring them to hire them as full-time staff rather than as independent contractors.

Mattel Partners With Warner Bros.

Following several recently announced new partnerships, El Segundo toy maker Mattel Inc. said it would team up with Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment and consumer product and animation divisions to launch a product line based on DC Comics’ female super heroes and villains.

Ducommum Lands Multiyear Deal with Rolls-Royce

Carson aerospace manufacturer Ducommun Inc. this week inked a multiyear contract with Britain’s engine maker Rolls Royce to provide systems for use in Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner.

Gensler to Design Port Research Center

Downtown Los Angeles architecture firm Gensler will design three buildings planned at the 28-acre AltaSea marine research and interpretive center at the Port of Los Angeles.