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General Dynamics Nassco Awarded $31.8 Million Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded a $31.8 million contract to General Dynamics Nassco to perform post-shakedown work on one of its newest ships, the USS America.

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Pool of Possibilities

Spa Manufacturer Watkins Expands Into Aquatic Fitness, Will Leverage Its Dealer Network

With its acquisition in March of Endless Pools Inc., Vista-based Watkins Manufacturing Corp. is expanding into new markets with products that complement its hot tub business.

Callaway Golf Reports Q1 Net Income of $35.8 Million

Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf Co. reported net income of $35.8 million on net sales of $284.2 million for the first quarter of 2015.

General Dynamics Nassco Gets One-Year Navy Contract Worth $24.2M

The Pentagon announced April 21 that the U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Nassco a one-year, $24.2 million contract to sustain Littoral Combat Ships in the port of San Diego.

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Northrop Grumman Corp.’s X-47B Is Flying Into Its Sunset

Northrop Grumman Corp.’s X-47B carrier-based drone is ending its service life with an aerial refueling exercise, though when that last flight will be was not immediately clear on April 17.

Builders, Regulators Look to Cooperate on Runoff Compliance

BUILDING: Permit Update Will Add to the Complexities

Although they often have been at odds over how to prevent stormwater pollution from construction site runoff, local builders and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board say they are building a closer working relationship.

GA Handles a Tall Order for Fusion Experiment

ENERGY: Huge Electromagnet To Play Key Role in Program

In the world of specialty manufacturing, this is about as specialized as you get.

Orange Is New Green: Alternative Arrives For Pharmacy Bottles

MEDICINE: Company Targets Big Market With New Container

Each year, the medical industry dispenses billions of prescriptions, most of them in those ubiquitous orange plastic bottles, many of which find their way into landfills.

Callaway Announces Robert Julian to Take CFO Role

Callaway Golf Co. announced that it has appointed Robert Julian as chief financial officer of the company, effective May 11.

Acquisition of Pulse Electronics Completed

San Diego-based Pulse Electronics Corp. announced its acquisition by certain affiliates of investment funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management L.P. (such affiliates, “Oaktree”) has been completed. The deal was announced March 2.

RF Industries Announces COO’s Resignation

RF Industries Ltd. announced that its founder and Chief Operating Officer Howard Hill, will take an indefinite medical leave of absence, and in connection with his medical leave of absence, Hill resigned as the company’s chief operating officer.

Stone’s New Virginia Plant Also a ‘Failsafe’ for Drought

EXPANSION: Brewer Says 40% of Current Sales Are East of Mississippi

When Stone Brewing Co., one of the 10 largest craft beer makers in the U.S., hired Craig Spitz as its first CFO five years ago, the craft beer maker was generating $48 million annually in sales.

Distilled Spirits Could Follow in Footsteps of Craft Beer Cluster

BEVERAGES: Changing Distribution Law Would Help Open the Path

A very small batch of San Diego’s craft beer brewers are making early headway in the ultra-competitive market for distilled spirits, which last year racked up $23.1 billion in U.S. sales, according to industry reports.

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Brewing Is the Easy Part of the Operation

ROUNDTABLE: Owners Cite Range of Regulations Among Business Concerns

For the 40-plus entrepreneurs expected to soon start breweries in the Craft Beer Capital of the World, the process will be a dream come true.

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Case for Cans

CRAFT BREWERIES: Some Craft Brewers Are Open to Change as New Techniques Help Cans Hold Their Own Versus Bottles

The hum of canning lines at Mike Hess Brewing Co. in North Park is a sound that remains relatively rare in the world of San Diego County’s 100-plus craft beer makers.