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AI Allows Robots to Make Clean Break From Controller

TECH: Machines Autonomously Take On Floor Scrubbing JobAfter seven years, San Diego-based Brain Corp. is finally going commercial. Once part of Qualcomm Inc. and still funded by the giant, the independent firm is getting set to lend its formidable brainpower to … scrubbing floors.

By Brad Graves October 13, 2016 3:42 p.m.   $$ Share

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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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.

LRAD Corp. Receives $1.3M Contract From Undisclosed Foreign Company

LRAD Corp. received a $1.3 million order for mobile mass-notification systems, the North County company announced on Oct. 18.

American Wave Machines to Equip Australian Venue

Solana Beach-based American Wave Machines Inc. has landed a contract to equip an indoor surf venue in Australia with its SurfStream wave machine.

Feetz Inc. and DSW to Launch Two Pop-Up Stores

San Diego startup Feetz Inc., a company that uses 3D printing technology to make custom-fit shoes, has launched a pop-up shop within DSW Inc. shoe store locations in New York City and San Francisco.

American Laboratory Trading Partners With Agilent Technologies

American Laboratory Trading (ALT) has partnered with Agilent Technologies, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of life science equipment, to sell factory-refurbished lab equipment.

Laguna Blends Acquires Marketing Rights to Carlsbad Naturals Brands

Canadian firm Laguna Blends Inc. is acquiring marketing rights for, and an equity interest in, two brands by nutraceutical water company Carlsbad Naturals LLC in a $1.8 million deal.

Sempra and Government Officials Dedicate Solar Facility to Serve Marines, Navy

Representatives of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power joined U.S. Department of the Navy and Department of Energy officials Oct. 14 in dedicating a 210-megawatt-DC solar facility near Phoenix that will provide one-third of the power for 14 Navy and Marine Corps installations in California.

Sempra's Ienova Announces Details of Private Offering and Public Offering

Infraestructura Energética Nova S.A.B. de C.V, Sempra Energy’s Mexican subsidiary, announced pricing and other details of a private and public offering intended to raise more than $1.4 billion.

Stone Brewing Co. Laying Off 5% of Workforce

Stone Brewing Co. announced Oct. 13 that it is cutting approximately 5 percent of its workforce – laying off about 60 of its 1,200 employees – as it adjusts to rising competitive pressures in the beer industry.

BlackRock Reports 10.2 Percent Stake in Callaway Golf

Investment management firm BlackRock Inc. held a 10.2 percent stake in Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf Co. as of Sept. 30, crossing a threshold where the fund had to report its stake to securities regulators.

NASSCO Wins $106.2 Million Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy said that it awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $106.2 million contract modification to buy materials for a fifth Expeditionary Mobile Base ship, and to support its construction.

Senomyx Inc. Extends Collaboration With PepsiCo

Senomyx Inc., a local biotech that makes flavor enhancers, has extended its collaboration with PepsiCo.

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Manufacturing Is Career Path Worth Pursuing

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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Monument Co.’s Words Are Its Bonds to Customers

PRODUCTION: Artisans Engrave the Headstones; Internet Vies for Business

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.