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LA Companies Shine at Auto Show

AUTOS: EV makers, service companies roll out products and court investors

L.A. automakers show off their wares at the L.A. Auto Show.

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Cadiz Joint Venture Harvests Test Hemp

AGRICULTURE: SoCal Hemp Co. anticipates first commercial crop next year

Cadiz and Glass House Group’s SoCal Hemp Co. readies for its first hemp harvest on Cadiz’s Mohave Desert aquifer.

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Avery Dennison Acquires Smart Label Unit for $249 Million

Label maker Avery Dennison Corp. purchased a division of Smartrac Technology Group for $249 million.

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Jakks Pacific Names Former Mattel Executive as CFO

Former Mattel executive John Kimble is joining toymaker Jakks Pacific as chief financial officer.

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Ports in a Storm

LA, Long Beach are feeling the impact of tariffs

Port of Los Angeles head Gene Seroka warns of consequences from the U.S.-China trade war.

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Beyond Meat Thinks Bigger

FOOD: Confidence grows after posting first profit

After his company reported its first quarterly profit, Beyond Meat’s Ethan Brown is looking to go global.

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Oil Company Might Run Dry

ENERGY: Wilmington firm worries about drilling proposal

A proposed law could force Cooper & Brain Inc. to shut down most of its oil wells in the city of Los Angeles.

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New Glass Industry Supply Company Launches

Manufacturing: Former C.R. Laurence executives start competitor

Frameless Hardware Co. is a new glass industry supply company in South Gate founded by two top executives formerly with the region’s premier glass industry supplier, C.R. Laurence Co. Inc.

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Mattel Shares Rise on Strong Quarter, New CFO

Mattel shares surged in after-hours trading on better-than-expected earnings for the third quarter and news that the company plans to hire a new chief financial officer.

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Beyond Meat Turns a Profit, Raises Growth Forecast

Beyond Meat turned its first quarterly profit and raised its year-end growth forecast.

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Leadership Changes at BakeMark USA

Pico Rivera-based BakeMark USA, a manufacturer and distributor of bakery ingredients, products and supplies, announced the return of Jim Parker as the company’s president and chief executive on Oct. 23.

Long Beach Company Opens Plant in China to Make Pollution Control Equipment

In a move to avoid the impact of tariffs, Long Beach pollution control device manufacturer Ship & Shore Environmental Inc. has opened a plant in Shanghai.

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Faraday Faces Rockier Road

Founder's bankruptcy causes concerns

Jia Yueting, founder of Gardena-based electric vehicle company Faraday & Future, filed for bankruptcy Oct. 14 to address $3.6 billion in debt.

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Imports Fall Again at Ports

Falling imports at the San Pedro Bay ports signaled that an 18-month trade war between the United States and China continues to hurt the ports.

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Forever 21 to Move Ecommerce Facility to Inland Empire, Layoffs Planned

Bankrupt teen-fashion retailer Forever 21 plans to lay off nearly 1,200 workers and move its ecommerce operations to Perris.

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