San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Detectors Plus Drones Equal Nuclear Option

TECHNOLOGY: Valley firms take radiation testing to the skies.

Drones and radiation detectors: perfect together.

Interlink Expands in Singapore

Interlink Electronics Inc. is expanding its research and development center in Singapore by adding 10 scientists and engineers and pledging to invest $3.5 million in a state-of-the-art facility.

Dole Files to Go Public

Dole Food Co. Inc. filed on Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell shares of its common stock to the public.

Northridge Man Indicted in Investment Fraud

A 63-year-old Northridge man was indicted Monday for his role in a $2.5 million investment fraud scheme, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Mission Valley Bank Reports Strong Quarter

Mission Valley Bancorp had strong earnings in the first quarter, which was partially attributed to the sale of small business loans on the secondary market.

Online Analytics Firm Joins ReachLocal

Gannett Co. Inc. has acquired Canadian online marketing firm SweetIQ Analytics Corp. and will make it part of its ReachLocal business in the San Fernando Valley.

Wi-Fi Supplier Xirrus Acquired

Wireless networking equipment manufacturer Xirrus Inc. has been acquired by Riverbed Technologies, a San Francisco technology firm.

Monster Digital Receives Nasdaq Notice

Monster Digital Inc. received notice from the Nasdaq that it was out of compliance on meeting the $2.5 million stockholder equity required for listing on the market.

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Voice of the Valley

Former politician Wendy Greuel has an educational agenda as executive in residence at CSUN’s business school.

Wendy Greuel, once-politician, now executive in residence at California State University—Northridge.

Want to Drive A Movie Car? Place a Bid.

Hollywood vehicle supplier to auction off slow-moving inventory.

If you just have to have the tractor from a “Mad Men” episode, you can bid on it at Picture Car Warehouse’s auction.

‘Chasing Trane’ Documents Saxophonist’s Sound

FILM: Valley filmmaker secures Denzel Washington to narrate biopic.

Jazz musician John Coltrane gave no television interviews during his 20-year career and no more than a handful of radio interviews.

Jetpack Firm Eager to Fly

AVIATION: After 10 prototypes, inventor thinks he has the future of air travel on his back.

Makers of jetpacks strive to fly with a crowdfunding campaign.

Gas Pumps Sprout a New Video Screen

AllOver Media installs HD technology at 20 Valley stations.

Customers of San Fernando Valley gas stations will be among first in nation to view new high-definition video screens at the pump.

Preview: Jetpack Firm Eager to Fly

After 10 prototypes, inventor thinks he has future of air travel on his back.

Disney, Hasbro Team on Star Wars Toys

Walt Disney Co. is teaming up with Hasbro on a new line of toys based on characters from the Star Wars universe.

Castagna Appointed to Airport Commission

Curt Castagna, chief executive of Aeroplex/Aerolease Group, has been appointed to the Los Angeles County Airport Commission.

Location Filming Falls in First Quarter

On-location film, television and commercial production fell by 2.1 percent in the first quarter compared to a year ago, according to figures released Wednesday by FilmL.A.

Capstone Closes U.K. Sales

Capstone Turbine Corp. announced Wednesday the sale of 30 of its microturbines for use in various locations in the United Kingdom.

Monster Digital Signs Dual Distribution Deals

Monster Digital announced two new agreements with distributors to get its action and virtual reality cameras on store shelves in North America.

Aerojet to Bring 100 Jobs to Chatsworth

Consolidation of Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. facilities will result in the transfer of about 100 jobs to the company’s Chatsworth location.

BYD to Make Goodwill Trucks

BYD Motors Inc. is supplying 11 zero-emission battery electric trucks to SF Goodwill for use in the San Francisco region collecting and transporting donations.

Golden Queen Adds to Board

Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. has named the founder of a copper producer to its board of directors.

Cell Tower Companies Expand by Joining Forces

TELECOM: Misson Hills’ Cable Engineering acquired by Orange County firm.

Cable Engineering Services in Mission Hills was acquired by Motive Energy Telecommunications, an Orange County-based firm, in a transaction that closed last month between the two telecom companies.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Air Consultant

Robert Rodine on negotiating scarce airport land for clients.

Artsy Entrepreneurs Flock to Former Pack House

REAL ESTATE: Fillmore building has space for crafty tenants.

Owner repositions former citrus packing house in Fillmore.

SPECIAL REPORT: Small Prop Planes Still Fuel Growth on Ground

Company carves new place at the airport for old-fashioned airplanes.

Move to Combine Water Districts Gains Support

A bill to consolidate two water agencies in the Santa Clarita Valley received support this week from city and state representatives.

Teledyne Completes Acquisition

Teledyne Technologies Inc. this week closed its acquisition of systems manufacturer E2v Technologies in a $789 million deal, including stock options and net debt.

InviteManager Partners With Ticketmaster

Calabasas event ticket management firm InviteManager has entered into a partnership with Ticketmaster to use that company’s open platform for its clients to request and manage tickets to live events.

Nonprofit SBA Lender Hires President

Miguel Angel Juárez has been named president and executive director of Golden State Certified Development Corp., the nonprofit announced Friday.

Disney Board Extends Iger Contract

Walt Disney Co.’s board of directors on Thursday extended for an additional year the contract with Chief Executive Robert Iger.

Teledyne’s Jupiter Contract

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. received a $10 million contract from a French space agency to provide detectors and other electronics for a mission to Jupiter launching in 2022.

Machinima Names GM

Video game and comics fan website Machinima has named Russell Arons as general manager to replace the outgoing chief executive.

Music Makes Ditty Deals for App Firm

TMZ, RealNetworks sign up to use Zya’s singing software.

Cell phone ringbacks return with Zya’s new app.

N.Y.-Burbank Route Raises New Airline

All-you-can-fly deals start at $25,000 for annual membership.

Flying Burbank to New York? Jet Club offers a charter for that.

Wanted: Workers

Eight Valley-region manufacturers join apprentice program to train employees for skilled positions.

Apprenticeships return through a coalition of Goodwill, community colleges, government and businesses.

Legendary, Warner Bros. Join for One Last ‘Kong’

FILM: Monkey movie enjoys huge opening weekend with $146 million at box office.

Warner Bros. Studio is back in business with Legendary Entertainment, and while it’s just for a single movie, it’s a big one.

Answer Financial Signs Lending Tree Deal

Insurance brokerage Answer Financial has formed a partnership with online loan company LendingTree to provide its insurance comparison platform.

Revenue Decline Pulls Qualstar Lower

Pricing pressure for its data storage equipment contributed to Qualstar Corp.’s declining revenue in the fourth quarter, which drop its share price more than 12 percent Friday.

Preview: Wanted: Workers

Eight Valley-region companies have signed up for a manufacturing apprentice program.

Jetpack Maker Lands Partner

A Van Nuys company developing a vertical take-off and landing jetpack has signed an agreement with Georgia Tech to design and build the device for military use.

Real Industry Reports $80 Million Loss

Real Industry Inc. significantly widened its net loss in the fourth quarter compared to a year ago.

French Firm Buys Stake in H2Scan

French engineering services company Altran Technologies SA has taken a minority stake in H2Scan, a developer of hydrogen sensors.

California Recycling Secures Torrance Contract

California Recycling Inc. has signed a multi-year contract to provide data shredding and destruction and recycling for the city of Torrance.

Earnings: B. Riley, ImmunoCellular, Second Sight, MRV

Roundup of quarterly reports from Valley companies.

Disney Shareholders Back Board

Walt Disney Co. shareholders on Wednesday re-elected all the company’s directors who were up to be returned to the board.

Semtech Beats Analyst Expectations

Semtech Corp. beat Wall Street estimates on revenue and earnings for the fiscal fourth quarter.

Reports: Top Wells Fargo Execs Leave Bank

The two Wells Fargo regional presidents serving the greater San Fernando Valley area have left the bank, according to media reports.


Mike Lipe, Lipe Guitars USA


Mike Pinter, Pinter Instruments


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