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Updated Jet-Powered Predator Aircraft Makes Virgin Flight

A new, larger model of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.’s Predator C Avenger aircraft made its first flight on Oct. 27, the company said Nov. 10.

Maxwell Technologies Inc. Posts Q3 Net Loss of $6.9 Million

Maxwell Technologies Inc. — which makes energy-storage electronics called ultracapacitors, and relies heavily on a customer base in China — reported a third quarter net loss of $6.9 million on revenue of $25.5 million.

Mad Catz Interactive Reports Net Income of $4.1 Million

By selling part of itself, videogame peripheral maker Mad Catz Interactive Inc. made it into the black for its second quarter.

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Yeast-Maker Joining Beer Migration East

CRAFT BEER: N.C. Facility Could Extend Market Share

Following similar moves by the region’s biggest craft beer-makers, Miramar’s White Labs Inc. is extending its production and distribution footprint well beyond San Diego County.

Cellana Inc., PIVEG Inc. Team to Develop Algae-Based Products

Local nutritional supplement firm Cellana Inc. is teaming up with PIVEG Inc., a San Diego-based ingredient company, to develop Omega-3 oils and other high-value products made from algae biomass.

Cohu Inc. Reports Q3 Net Sales of $69.3 Million

Poway-based Cohu Inc. reported net income of $269,000 — a penny a share — on net sales of $69.3 million during its third quarter, which ended Sept. 24.

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Mamma Chia Expands Leadership Team

Local beverage maker Mamma Chia is filling out its senior leadership team with four new hires focused on sales, marketing and operations.

Potential 700 Layoffs at General Dynamics NASSCO

San Diego shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO is warning 700 employees that they may be laid off in January, a company spokesman said Oct. 25.

Solar System to Power Thunderbird Products' El Cajon Facility

Thunderbird Products joined San Diego’s Sullivan Solar Power Oct. 25 in announcing the completion of a 74.43-kilowatt-AC photovoltaic installation at its El Cajon manufacturing facility.

Rhone to Acquire Manufacturer Zodiac Pool Solutions

The owner of Zodiac Pool Solutions SAS, a pool and spa manufacturer operationally headquartered in Vista, has agreed to sell the company to investment funds affiliated with global asset management firm Rhône.

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Karl Strauss Brewing Slates Opening for New L.A. Location

San Diego’s Karl Strauss Brewing Co. plans a Nov. 14 opening for its satellite brewery and brewpub in downtown Los Angeles, which will be the company’s 11th Southern California location.

GA ASI Gets $310 Million Army Contract

The U.S. Army awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a $310 million contract for one year of logistics to sustain the Army’s Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft.

UK Opens Office in S.D. to Promote Economic and Cultural Ties

The United Kingdom announced the opening Oct. 21 of a new San Diego office intended to strengthen its existing economic and cultural ties with the city.

WD-40 Co. Reports $52.6 Million in Net Income for 2016

WD-40 Co. reported a 20 percent increase in profits for fiscal 2016.

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Talent Pool

SPORT: Aqua Lung Looks To Pass Competitors With The Help of Michael Phelps

Quick. Name one of the biggest French companies in San Diego’s North County. One that balances showy, high-stakes athleticism with the silence of military covert operations. One built on a legacy of undersea exploration.