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It’s Not ‘Like a Rock,’ But Foam Car Aims to Pick Up a Following

AUTO: Three-Wheel Vehicle Made Difficult Journey to MarketplaceFor Lon Ballard, it has been a long odyssey in a tiny car. The nine-year trip has taken him from Thailand to the Philippines, back and forth from China to the United States, and through forests of paperwork and thickets of red tape.

By Brad Graves January 12, 2017 3:40 p.m.   Share

Callaway Golf Acquires Ogio International for $75.5 Million

Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf Co. announced on Jan. 11 that it acquired Utah-based Ogio International Inc. for $75.5 million cash.

WD-40 Shares Slide on Weak First-Quarter Earnings

Shares of San Diego-based WD-40 Co. fell more than 10 percent Tuesday after the company’s first-quarter earnings, released Monday, fell short of expectations.

Cohu Filing Could Put Big Bucks in Co.'s Hands

A recent securities filing shows Cohu Inc. is keeping its options open, and might want to raise more funds to finance future business opportunities.

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Golf Pro Daniel Berger Signs Deal With Callaway

Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf Co. said Jan. 5 that it has signed Daniel Berger to an endorsement deal.

General Atomics Wins $56.7M Contract to Build Unmanned Aircraft for Spain

Spain wants it own unmanned Predator B aircraft and has placed a $56.7 million order for them through its partner, the U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon announced Jan. 4.

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Sector on Course to Take Greater Advantage of Blue Economy

Economic Trends: Maritime

Opportunities just keep opening up for San Diego’s diverse maritime industry, a sector buoyed not only by the region’s naval power but the increasingly important fields of underwater drones, aquaculture and desalination.

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Cos. Facing Tough Time Finding Key Part: Skilled Employees

Economic Trends: Manufacturing

Every time Jo Marie Diamond, president of the East County Economic Development Council, runs into a manufacturer’s human resources manager, they tell her they’re struggling to find skilled workers to fill open positions.

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Optimism On Deck for Growth of Military Forces, Contractors

Economic Trends: Defense

The defense world is like an aircraft carrier. It can’t turn on a dime. November’s election, however, might signal a big, slow turn. The 2016 election will soon put a new set of decision-makers in charge of the Pentagon. President-elect Donald Trump says he’s for a strong defense. That would seem to please a Republican-controlled Congress — the entity that holds the Pentagon’s purse strings.

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As Competition Brews, Brewers Must Raise Their Game

Economic Trends: Craft Beer

San Diego County’s craft beer brewers continued to grow their local and global footprints in 2016, even as the U.S. industry overall began to show signs of slowing growth after several years of rapid acceleration in consumer demand.

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Navy Awards $325 Million Contract to General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO received a $325 million deal to help fund the fifth in a series of U.S. Navy support ships.

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S.D. Continues Its Air Superiority in Unmanned Aircraft

Aerospace is in San Diego’s DNA. A local group built Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis. In more recent years, the community has developed a capability in unmanned aircraft.

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General Atomics Awarded Contract to Sell Oil Refinery Technology to South Korea

General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems unit said it received a contract to supply heavy equipment to a South Korean oil refinery.

Northrop Grumman Receives $55.3M Air Force Contract

The U.S. Air Force recently awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $55.3 million, one-year contract modification to operate what one can simplistically call an internet server on a business jet that flies over a battlefield. Work will be split between San Diego and international locations.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital Takes Big Step in Energy Independence

Sharp Grossmont Hospital is operating independently of the state power grid following completion of a taxpayer-funded energy plant.

USD Appoints Director of University’s Center for Peace and Commerce.

An assistant professor of operations management at the University of San Diego’s School of Business has been appointed director of the university’s Center for Peace and Commerce.