Los Angeles Business Journal

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Jumbo Jobs

Fuselages for Boeing’s big 747-8 lift aerospace industry

Orders for giant new 747 fuselages should be a big lift to the local industry.

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Dean Scarborough: Sticking to It

Chief executive has spent almost his entire career working for label and office products maker Avery Dennison.

Thinking outside the box – and other places to stick labels – is a high priority for Avery Dennison CEO Dean Scarborough.

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Moving Furniture

PROFILE: Couple snapped up two near-bankrupt businesses to create firm that makes antique reproductions.

When the recession started, Keith and Gayle Hudson decided they needed to do something as a hedge against the deteriorating economy.

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Indy Gas Station Owners Afraid of Tanking

BP plan to sell Arco could destabilize low-cost pricing model.

BP’s plan to sell its Arco stations is fueling anxiety among local independent station owners.

Sweat Garage Inspired by Illness

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Why did Christopher Slevin join the Guillain-Barré Syndrome CIDP International Foundation last month?

Ports See Big Increases in January

Both South Bay ports posted cargo gains again last month as the economy continued what appeared to be a slow march toward recovery.

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Off the Tracks?

Funding cuts could derail traffic-easing crossings

A lack of funding could put the brakes on train crossings designed to ease San Gabriel Valley traffic.

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Sink or Swim?

L.A. port plans may torpedo Terminal Island’s Fish Harbor.

Port of L.A.’s plans for Terminal Island may force local fishermen to weigh anchor.

City Council Won't Change Shipyard Decision

The Los Angeles City Council has decided not to overturn the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners’ denial of a Long Beach company’s bid to build a shipyard.

Maker of Gluten-Free Food Is Filling Up on Contracts

String of companies line up for Simply Shari’s products.

A Westlake Village company is feasting on new deals for its gluten-free products.

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Gene Hale: Full Sales

Gene Hale left a hardscrabble life and racism behind in Alabama for California and an eventual position atop a multimillion-dollar distributor of construction equipment.

Gene Hale rode his salesman skills out of poverty and racism in Alabama.

Raytheon Plans New L.A. Facility

Aerospace defense contractor Raytheon Company is in the final stages of selecting a 25,000-square-foot training and development center set to open in Los Angeles County this summer.

City of Los Angeles Seeks Pilot for Ontario Airport

TRADE & TRANSPORT: LAWA taking expressions of interest to operate struggling facility.

Interested in running an airport?

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Muddying The Water

Dredging project churns up big battle at L.A. port

Where to deposit sludge from an L.A. port dredging project is a question that’s sailing all the way to the City Council.

WILSHIRE CORRIDOR: Decrease in Vacancies Has Some In Area Talking About Recovery

Special Report: REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY

Major events in Los Angeles County commercial and industrial submarkets in the fourth quarter.

All the World’s a Courtroom

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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will preside over a different kind of trial in Los Angeles next week – one that will have him reviewing Shakespeare instead of amicus briefs.

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY: City of Industry Paces Recovery That Has Run for Four Quarters

Special Report: REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY

Major events in Los Angeles County commercial and industrial submarkets in the fourth quarter.

Torrance Kicks Up Some Sand

New visitors’ bureau to tout beachfront in its tourism campaign.

Torrance believes it has a shore thing – its beach – to pitch as it opens a visitors’ bureau to woo tourists.

Appearance on ‘Oprah’ May Help Tights Expand

Local maker’s product spotlighted on ‘must-have’ segment.

Redondo Beach tights maker hopes an endorsement from Oprah Winfrey gives sales a leg up.

Council To Consider Gambol's Shipyard Plan

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to reconsider Gambol Industries Inc.’s proposal to rebuild a shipyard at the Port of Los Angeles despite the previous rejection of the idea by the Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Technology Takes A Seat

Long Beach company’s massage chair takes its orders from iPad

Human Touch puts comfort in your hands with its iPad-controlled massage chair.

Ports Look to Put Brakes on Use of Small Dirty Trucks

TRADE & TRANSPORT: Loophole let operators move freight with two-axle Class 7 tractors.

Both the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have moved aggressively to plug a loophole allowing hundreds of dirty trucks to do business on their properties despite the otherwise stringent Clean Truck Program.

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L.A. Concrete Company Gets Firm Deal From LAX

Klorman scores $35 million contract for terminal addition.

A Woodland Hills firm has begun a big project at LAX.

Beauty Supply Maker Likes Look of New Hair Product

MANUFACTURING: Pacoima’s Zerran widens distribution to handle straightener.

Zerran International Corp., a Pacoima-based manufacturer of women’s beauty products for use in salons, has nearly doubled its North American distribution network in anticipation of a new hair smoothing system it says will take the peril out of perms.

Pumped Up

Santa Monica’s Beachbody has helped drive sales of its exercise products by setting up a network of coaches to help new customers.

Santa Monica’s Beachbody has flexed its sales with a 100 percent increase in three years.

Peddling the Story of Dutch Pedal Power

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Rachel Bauch spends her days handling clients at Ruder Finn, a West L.A. public relations firm.

Thriller of a Connection

Local auction house becomes top handler of Michael Jackson items.

Julien’s Auctions has become the main handler of Michael Jackson items despite hitting some sour notes with the singer before his death.

Company’s Charity Off The Leash

L.A. cookie maker uses part of profits to feed elderly shut-ins’ pets.

L.A. cookie maker has made a pet project of feeding the animal companions of elderly shut-ins.

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Cargo Thieves Shift Into High Gear

L.A. called ‘hot spot’ for container hijacking.

Cargo thieves have shifted into high gear in Los Angeles.

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Long Beach Port Reaches Out to Panama Canal

TRADE & TRANSPORT: Local officials concerned about losing imports to Eastern U.S.

Officials at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have worried that a planned widening of the Panama Canal could undermine its position as the nation’s leading import center.

Every Little Step of Every Little Gingersnap

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Liane Weintraub has loved ballet since childhood.

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Scanners Just a Blip for OSI Revenue

Device Maker is A-OK with investors.

The stock of OSI of Hawthorne may take off despite turbulence from its full-body scanners at airports.

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Flower Power

LAX warehouse takes root as shipping hub

A local company has set up a refrigerated warehouse at LAX to stem Miami’s dominance in the flower trade.

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Azusa Battery Maker Takes a Look at 3-D Glasses

MANUFACTURING: Contour Energy unveils product to power spectacles for television.

An Azusa manufacturing startup has launched its first product: a 3-volt lithium battery the size of a quarter designed to power glasses for 3-D TV – a product already making its way to major retailers.

Taking Shot At Holidays

Toymaker hopes new line of battling cars a seasonal sales hit.

Jada’s line of battling model cars has revved up revenue for the City of Industry toymaker.

Port Traffic Continues Recovery

The South Bay ports posted cargo gains again last month as retailers continued to import goods for what may be a stronger holiday season than expected.

Rubbed the Right Way

Area woman’s success with massage device yields reality TV gig.

Wendy Robbins’ massager smoothed her path to an on-screen adviser’s role on a reality TV show.

Celebs Hypnotized by Therapist’s Jewelry

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To relax, psychotherapist Valerie Johns always enjoyed painting images inspired by Buddhism and Japanese culture.

Opponents Look to Tie Down Ports’ Rail Project

TRADE & TRANSPORT: Neighbors, activists fear increases in congestion and pollution.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have run into a potential stumbling block in their plans to expand a major rail yard: opposition from residents and environmental groups worried about congestion and pollution.

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Rescue Mission in West Hollywood

Pet stores must find other means of revenue after city restricts pet sales to shelter animals.

It has been dog days for West Hollywood pet stores since the city limited the shops to selling rescued animals.

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Tunnel Vision on Subway Stop

Beverly Hills officials, business split on location for Metro stop.

Century City factions are digging in over rival plans for placement of the Purple Line subway stop.

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Alan Buckelew: Cruise Control

INTERVIEW: Vietnam veteran Alan Buckelew has worked his way up the chain of command to take the helm of Princess Cruises.

Princess Cruises Chief Executive Alan B. Buckelew as a young man navigated the jungles of Vietnam in an Army reconnaissance unit.

Oil-From-Algae Startup Partners Up Down Under

MANUFACTURING: OriginOil reaches its first paying deal with Australia-based MBD.

An L.A. startup developing a way to extract oil from algae has found its first paying customer.

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Fight Path

Westchester businesses fear northern expansion

Westchester businesses are looking to ground a plan to expand LAX’s North Airfield.

Elevated Bus Maker Hopes To Raise Interest in U.S.

TRADE & TRANSPORT: Chinese company opens local office; may build here.

Americans may literally be driving under the bus if a new San Gabriel Valley company gets its way.

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Dirty Trucks Crash Port Loophole

Some old tractors not covered by clean air plan.

A Clean Truck Program loophole has kept some of the dirtiest rigs on the road at Long Beach and L.A. ports.

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Baby on Board

Teresa Delfin’s desire to be active while pregnant gave birth to an outdoor apparel line for expectant moms.

Teresa Delfin hopes to deliver with her line of outdoor apparel for pregnant women.

Bar Gives Patrons the Big Picture

Legends in Long Beach installs immense $90,000 television.

A Long Beach sports bar gets a really big screen TV. Maybe the largest in the United States for a bar.

WILSHIRE CORRIDOR: Landlords Fight to Keep Tenants in Place

Special Report: REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY

The Wilshire Corridor’s long downward spiral slightly slowed in the third quarter.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY: Suburbs Show Unexpected Resilience

Special Report: REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY

A surge of activity in the summer gave the San Fernando Valley office market a much-needed boost, but local brokers say they’re not willing to call it a turnaround just yet.

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