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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.

Ports Saw Cargo Surge in March

The amount of cargo flowing through the local ports surged last month as tentative labor agreement reached in late February and operational changes at the harbor eased the gridlock that had gripped the ports for the past several months.

Accounting, Worker Errors Behind Ducommun’s Reporting Delays

After delaying the release of its fourth quarter and annual earnings twice, aerospace and defense manufacturer Ducommun Inc. of Carson released its earnings and explained on a conference call Friday that the company had to recalculate and restate certain financial data because of internal errors.

Dockworkers to Vote on Port Labor Deal

A longshore union caucus voted Friday to recommend approval of the West Coast port labor agreement reached in February, sending the deal on to rank-and-file union members for a vote next month.

Chatsworth Microelectronics Assembly Firm Merges

Natel Engineering Co. announced on Monday it would merge with OnCore Manufacturing LLC to create one of the largest microelectronic assembly firms in the United States.

Microsemi to Acquire Vitesse for $389 Million

Semiconductor manufacturer Microsemi Corp. has made an offer to acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp.in a deal valued at $389 million, the companies announced Wednesday.

L.A., Long Beach Cargo Crash in February

Congestion at the docks dragged down cargo volume at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles for a second consecutive month in February, according to figures released Tuesday.

Coda Energy Names CEO

Monrovia energy storage company Coda Energy on Wednesday named veteran technology executive Paul Detering as the company’s first chief executive following its emergence from bankruptcy in 2013.

Job Cuts at Rocketdyne

GenCorp Inc. is making a 10 percent reduction in the staff of its Aerojet Rocketdyne division, which includes its Chatsworth rocket-engine development and manufacturing facility.

Reliance CEO Hannah to Step Down

Metal processing firm Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. of downtown Los Angeles announced Monday that Chief Executive David Hannah will step down in May as part of a succession plan. He will be replaced by President and Chief Operating Officer Gregg Mollins.

National Technical Acquires Trace Laboratories

National Technical Systems Inc., a Calabasas engineering and testing company, announced Thursday it has acquired Trace Laboratories in Baltimore.

L.A. Cargo Volumes Fall in January

The Port of Los Angeles saw January cargo volumes fall nearly 23 percent compared with the same month a year ago, a result of the slowdowns and partial shutdowns that gripped the local ports during contentions contract negotiations between shipping lines and dockworkers. Those negotiations wrapped up last week.