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If you ask most students and parents about their thoughts on manufacturing, they will bring up archaic images of a lackluster industry, with assembly lines and low-skilled workers.
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A visit to Carol Parker’s office and workshop seems like a trip back to the days before World War II. The neighborhood is old and her buildings date from the 1930s. Some of the furnishings and religious statuary seem equally old. However, the computer-aided design hardware and the many California employment posters on the walls show this manufacturing business is very much a part of the 21st century.
Aerospace Cluster Gives Cos. More Resources, Bigger Talent Pool, and A Host of Opportunities
Carlsbad-based 5D Robotics Inc. learned the value of being located within an industry cluster a couple of years ago when, facing a two-week deadline on a land-mine-detection project for the U.S. Army, it suddenly discovered a $300,000 mechanical arm it had ordered from Germany wasn’t entirely reliable under adverse weather conditions.
Carlsbad-based manufacturer Oceanside Glasstile announced it has acquired certain assets of Spectrum Glass Co. Inc., an art glass maker based in Woodinville, Wash.
Sempra Energy said Sept. 21 its Mexican subsidiary, Ienova, has received antitrust clearance to buy a 50 percent equity interest in pipeline builder and operator Gasoductos de Chihuahua.
The U.S. Army awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a $25.3 million contract modification to acquire four Gray Eagle war replacement aircraft and four satellite data terminals. The expected completion date is December 2017.
California’s First District Court of Appeals has agreed to revisit the state Public Utilities Commission’s 4-1 decision last year allowing construction of a 500-megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant in Carlsbad.
Shares in RF Industries Ltd., the San Diego electronic component maker, declined 18 percent on Sept. 14 after the company reported a third-quarter net loss of $597,000 on revenue of $7.6 million.
Sempra Energy announced a string of executive changes, including the upcoming departure of President Mark A. Snell, as part of a leadership development and succession process that effectively reshuffles the Fortune 500 company’s top leadership without bringing in anyone from outside its ranks.
The Maritime Alliance (TMA), an industry association based in San Diego, has been awarded a $296,705 federal grant intended to boost U.S. exports to France, Ireland, Korea and the United Kingdom.
The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $108.1 million contract to buy 10 Fire Scout unmanned helicopters.
Qualcomm Inc. has opened a semiconductor test facility in Shanghai, part of an effort by the tech giant to increase its business presence in China.
Two small San Diego businesses, Malin Space Science Systems and Vanguard Space Technologies Inc., provided components to the Osiris-Rex spacecraft launched Sept. 8 from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
A Mexican subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy has agreed to buy a 252-megawatt wind farm in the northern state of Nuevo Leon for $375 million, not including its assumption of debt totaling $477 million.
Escondido’s Stone Brewing Co. has named Dominic Engels as its new chief executive officer, effective Sept. 6, as current CEO and co-founder Greg Koch is promoted to a previously announced role as executive chairman.