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E-COMMERCE: ‘Vending Machine’ Building Planned in Escondido
A hands-off approach to auto sales seems to be a concept whose time has come. Carvana Co., which is building a location in Escondido, operates on that model with a playful twist.
Electronics Deals Go to La Jolla Logic, Forward Slope, Solute
The U.S. Air Force awarded Cubic Corp. (NYSE: CUB) a seven-year, $193 million firm-fixed-price contract for logistics support for the P5 Combat Training System.
BIOTECH: Sorrento Mesa Firm Cites Growing Demand for its Products
Maravai LifeSciences has announced plans to expand the contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) capabilities at one of its companies, TriLink BioTechnologies, for the second time in less than a year.
TECH: Sends NASA Propulsion Concept
Nuclear-powered spacecraft may be moving from science fiction to reality, with General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems helping with the engineering details.
Northrop Grumman Plans Some Local Work on Missile
Northrop Grumman Corp.’s new contract to build a replacement for the Minuteman III nuclear-tipped missile system includes work for San Diego-based Kratos Defense.
RQ Construction to Build Child Development Center at Miramar Base
The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies in July, August and September. The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $35.6 million modification to a previously awarded contract.
BIOTECH: Boston Co. Was Spun Out of Ionis, Had IPO in 2017
Ionis Pharmaceuticals plans to acquire the remaining stake in Akcea Therapeutics that it does not already own for approximately $500 million cash.
EMPLOYMENT: State Voters Mull Drivers’ Fate
The rules governing whether and how California businesses may use independent contractors changed Sept. 4 when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation clarifying contractors’ roles. The evolving rules may change again.
Specific Defense Department Customer Was Not Disclosed
TECHNOLOGY: Two Companies’ Systems Complement Each Other
SmartDrive Systems, which offers video safety and telematics technology to operators of big-rig trucks and transit vehicles, has agreed to be bought by Dallas-based Omnitracs LLC.