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Hearthy Offers Healthy Fare

Alternative flour maker sees gains in market

The recent shortage of all-purpose flour has forced some consumers to reach for Hearthy Foods’ non-grain options.

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Sanitizer Production Boosts Local Distillers

Businesses race to keep up with demand

For L.A. distillers, a quick pivot to producing hand sanitizer instead of crafting small-batch spirits made civic and, they hope, business sense.

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Workers Keep Ports Active

Cargo flow continues amid precautions at LA, LB

While most businesses nationwide are temporarily closing or asking employees to work from home, thousands of workers in San Pedro Bay continue transferring containers off and on cargo ships.

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American Honda Posts Sales Gains

But February increase still lags competitors

New-vehicle sales at American Honda Motor Co. Inc. totaled 120,006 cars and light trucks in February, a 4.2% increase compared to the same period last year.

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Lakin Tire Is Acquired

Pittsburgh-based company buys rubber recycling firm

Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling has acquired Lakin Tire, based in Santa Fe Springs.

Ports Agree to Cooperate

LA, Long Beach seek efficiency and security

Threatened by a common adversary, the ports of L.A. and Long Beach have vowed to collaborate on several operational initiatives to preserve San Pedro Bay’s competitive edge.

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Defense Firm Is Acquired

Kellstrom joins Aero Precision

El Segundo-based Kellstrom Defense Aerospace Inc. has been sold to a Northern California-based competitor but will keep its ties to Los Angeles County.

Xos Marks the Spot

Regulations boost electric truck-maker

Upcoming regulations for the trucking and transport industry is working in North Hollywood-based Xos Trucks Inc.'s favor.

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CUSTOM CONTENT: Jewelry That Loves You Back, MaeMae in Atwater Village

Retail Therapy Takes on a New Meaning at LA’s Favorite Gift Shop

MaeMae Jewelry, a female-founded Los-Angeles company, was created with that simple mission at heart, helping people love and accept themselves — and their feelings.

Logistics Firm Snapped Up

Maersk pays $545 Million for Performance Team

Performance Team of El Segundo has been acquired for $545 million by Danish shipping giant A.P. Møller – Maersk.

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Trade War Reshapes CIE

Truck parts maker staffs up in US

Frank Sonzala, chief executive of a South Gate-based truck chassis manufacturer, is transferring about a third of his company’s production from China to the United States, a move he says will create about 275 local jobs.

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Fertile Ground for Tractor

Motivo machine brings green farming

Motivo Engineering’s new electric-powered Monarch tractor performs farming functions quietly, with no human operator and without any trace of pollution.

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Ports Report January Declines

Cargo volume slips again at LA and Long Beach

The local ports reported single-digit dips in cargo volumes for January with one notable exception: Port of Los Angeles exports saw a modest upswing.

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Growth Spurt at OSI Systems

Security, optoelectronic units drive gains

OSI Systems Inc., a manufacturer of security scanning equipment, medical monitoring devices and optoelectronic components, posted $64.8 million in net income on $1.18 billion revenue during its 2019 fiscal year.

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Ares Partners on Projects

Firm plans NY battery effort

Century City alternative asset management firm Ares Management Corp. has agreed to partner with Atlanta-based Dimension Renewable Energy to further develop large-scale battery energy storage projects in New York state.