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Sharing The S.D. Airspace

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.

Oceanside Glasstile Acquires Spectrum Glass Co.

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 Subsidiary Ienova Given Official Clearance to Buy Interest in Mexican Company

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.

Pentagon Awards GA-ASI Two Contracts Worth a Total of $42.6 Million

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.

Appeals Court to Review PUC Approval of Carlsbad Power Plant

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.

RF Industries Reports Q3 Net Loss of $597,000

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.

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Sempra Energy Announces Changes to Executive Team

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.

Federal Grant to The Maritime Alliance Intended to Boost Exports

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.

Northrop Grumman Corp. Awarded $108.1 Million Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $108.1 million contract to buy 10 Fire Scout unmanned helicopters.

Qualcomm Inc. Expands Reach in China With Shanghai Testing Facility

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 San Diego Businesses Provide Components for Spacecraft

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.

Sempra Energy Subsidiary Buys Mexican Wind Farm

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.

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Stone Brewing Taps Engels as New CEO

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.

Sullivan Solar Power Completes Work at 6 Schools for Encinitas Union School District

Sullivan Solar Power has completed construction of six solar projects expected to save Encinitas Union School District more than $21 million during the next 25 years.

Senomyx Receives Approval to Sell Flavor Ingredients in China

Senomyx Inc., a local biotech that makes flavor enhancers, has landed regulatory approval in China to sell two of its product ingredients: Sweetmyx SR96 and Bittermyx BB68.