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Sector on Course to Take Greater Advantage of Blue Economy

Opportunities just keep opening up for San Diego’s diverse maritime industry, a sector buoyed not only by the region’s naval power but the increasingly important fields of underwater drones, aquaculture and desalination.

By John Cox December 30, 2016 8:22 a.m. share »
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Cos. Facing Tough Time Finding Key Part: Skilled Employees

Every time Jo Marie Diamond, president of the East County Economic Development Council, runs into a manufacturer’s human resources manager, they tell her they’re struggling to find skilled workers to fill open positions.

By Sarah de Crescenzo December 30, 2016 8:16 a.m. share »
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Optimism On Deck for Growth of Military Forces, Contractors

The defense world is like an aircraft carrier. It can’t turn on a dime. November’s election, however, might signal a big, slow turn. The 2016 election will soon put a new set of decision-makers in charge of the Pentagon. President-elect Donald Trump says he’s for a strong defense. That would seem to please a Republican-controlled Congress — the entity that holds the Pentagon’s purse strings.

By Brad Graves December 30, 2016 7:59 a.m. share »
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As Competition Brews, Brewers Must Raise Their Game

San Diego County’s craft beer brewers continued to grow their local and global footprints in 2016, even as the U.S. industry overall began to show signs of slowing growth after several years of rapid acceleration in consumer demand.

By Lou Hirsh December 30, 2016 7:39 a.m. share »
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Navy Awards $325 Million Contract to General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO received a $325 million deal to help fund the fifth in a series of U.S. Navy support ships.

By Brad Graves December 29, 2016 3:58 p.m. share »
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S.D. Continues Its Air Superiority in Unmanned Aircraft

Aerospace is in San Diego’s DNA. A local group built Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis. In more recent years, the community has developed a capability in unmanned aircraft.

By Brad Graves December 29, 2016 3:54 p.m. share »
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General Atomics Awarded Contract to Sell Oil Refinery Technology to South Korea

General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems unit said it received a contract to supply heavy equipment to a South Korean oil refinery.

By Brad Graves December 27, 2016 12:04 p.m. share »

Northrop Grumman Receives $55.3M Air Force Contract

The U.S. Air Force recently awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $55.3 million, one-year contract modification to operate what one can simplistically call an internet server on a business jet that flies over a battlefield. Work will be split between San Diego and international locations.

By Brad Graves December 26, 2016 1:15 p.m. share »

Sharp Grossmont Hospital Takes Big Step in Energy Independence

Sharp Grossmont Hospital is operating independently of the state power grid following completion of a taxpayer-funded energy plant.

By John Cox December 22, 2016 3:29 p.m. share »

USD Appoints Director of University’s Center for Peace and Commerce.

An assistant professor of operations management at the University of San Diego’s School of Business has been appointed director of the university’s Center for Peace and Commerce.

By John Cox December 22, 2016 3:24 p.m. share »

ViaSat, Boeing Begin Design of ViaSat-3 Satellites in Earnest

ViaSat Inc. said its first two ViaSat-3 satellites have completed their first important step toward production and launch — a stage in the process called preliminary design review.

By Brad Graves December 21, 2016 2:03 p.m. share »
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San Diego Brewers Guild Launches New Website

The San Diego Brewers Guild, which promotes the region’s breweries and related companies, has launched a new website,, streaming craft beer content for a general audience in addition to its members.

By Lou Hirsh December 19, 2016 10:59 a.m. share »

NASSCO Has Record Year on Ship Delivery

General Dynamics NASSCO said on Dec. 16 that it delivered a record six ships in 2016.

By Brad Graves December 18, 2016 1:05 p.m. share »

Port Commissioners OK Plan for 10th Avenue Marine Terminal

Port commissioners approved a plan to modernize the San Diego waterfront’s 10th Avenue Marine Terminal beginning in the summer.

By Brad Graves December 15, 2016 11:04 a.m. share »

Chula Vista Distributor Acquired by New York Competitor

Plastics & Metals Enterprises, a Chula Vista-based provider of plastic and metal sheets, tubes and rods that does business as Cal Plastics and Metals Inc., has been acquired by a large competitor based in Orchard Park, N.Y.

By John Cox December 13, 2016 1:19 p.m. share »