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Strategic Partners Won’t Doom Craft Brewing

The amount of change in the craft beer industry has been rapid, vast and disruptive over the past 10-plus years. Craft-beer-centric regions like San Diego, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest have been particularly exciting and even other historically less craft-beer-centric regions such as Austin, Atlanta, Chicago and Ashville have turned into new craft hubs, complete with craft beer tourism.

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Craft Glue

BREWING: In a Competitive, Growing Industry, Brewers Employ Stock, Cash, Culture and Other Methods to Retain Workers

The nation’s craft beer companies brewed 24.5 million barrels in 2015, according to figures recently reported by the Brewers Association trade group, besting the prior year’s production by 13 percent as retail sales grew by 16 percent, reaching $22.3 billion.

Unlike El Nino, No Signs of Let Up for Roofing Demand

CONTRACTING: Cos. Scheduling Maintenance, Repairs Months Ahead

When it rains, it pours. At least, that’s what many would-be roof repair customers thought last fall when talks of a “monster” El Nino filled the news. While the severe rains didn’t quite materialize in San Diego, the roof repair demand did.

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Gun Parts Co. Aims For Less Controversy

RETAIL: Updated Equipment, Lower Profile Are New Strategy

New ownership has taken over an Oceanside-based gun component and accessories manufacturer — the target of a 2014 raid by federal agents over allegedly improper sales — aiming to attract less negative attention and concentrate on management fundamentals.

Turtle Beach Reports Q4, Yearly Results

Video game headset maker Turtle Beach Corp. on March 24 reported annual revenue of $162.7 million, down from $186.2 million in 2014, attributing the drop to a faster than expected decline in revenues from older generation products and the strong dollar’s negative impact on its international sales.

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Wheeling More Power

TRANSPORTATION: San Diego Emerges as Hotbed of Electric Bike Industry

Electric bikes are far from ubiquitous on California streets but are quickly growing in popularity as American consumers catch up to the far more ebike friendly Europe and Asia. And San Diego is a hotbed of ebike makers, with both American headquarters of major European manufacturers and budding local companies.

EDF Renewable Energy Sells Assets of Proposed Solar Project

San Diego’s EDF Renewable Energy on Wednesday said it had sold the development assets of a proposed 20-megawatt solar power project in San Bernardino County to a subsidiary of Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy.

RF Industries Reports Q1 Net Loss of $353K on Net Sales of $7M

RF Industries Ltd., which makes cable assemblies and connectors for electronics, reported a first quarter net loss of $353,000, or 4 cents per share, on net sales of $7 million.

WD-40 Declares Quarterly Dividend

Directors of WD-40 Co. named Daniel T. Carter to a seat on its board of directors, effective March 21.

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Green Acres

AG: Avocado Farming Method May Boost Yield, Sustainability

Avocado farmers, struggling for years with soaring water prices, are starting to embrace a relatively untested planting method that could double their yield and might even curb water use.

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Kratos Receives $5.49M Navy Contract

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said on March 11 that it received a U.S. Navy contract valued at $5.49 million.

S.D. Aerospace Sector Brings Home Business and Good Jobs

The number of aerospace workers in San Diego County has snowballed over the last decade to slightly more than 12,000, according to a new report.

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair Receives $28.2M Navy Deal

The U.S. Navy awarded BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair a $28.2 million contract modification for work on the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Higgins.

Senomyx Inc. Reports Q4, Yearly Results

Senomyx Inc., a San Diego biotech that makes flavor-enhancers, announced financial earnings for the fourth quarter and full 2015 year.

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Low-Tech Innovation Provides Soldiers With Proper Cover

HEALTH: Surfer Sunscreen Inspires Pair To Develop Camo Face Paint With SPF

While the military develops robotic pack animals and “super vision” contact lenses, it’s surprising to see untapped innovation in something as low-tech as camouflage face paint.