Brad Graves

Reporter

Email: bradg@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-6359 Extension: 3102

Recent Stories

Kratos to Supply Satellite Gear to Japan’s SJC

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. received a contract to produce satellite communications equipment for Tokyo-based SJC, also known as SKY Perfect JSAT Corp., for undisclosed terms.

Viasat Looks Ahead to SpaceX Launch

Carlsbad-based Viasat said it has contracted with Hawthorne-based SpaceX to launch the first of its ViaSat-3 satellites. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Huntington Ingalls Awarded Shipyard Work

The U.S. Navy awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries a $44.8 million contract for shipyard work to the USS O’Kane, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.

Cubic Names Chief HR and Diversity Officer

Grace Lee will take the post of chief human resources and diversity officer at Cubic Corp. on Oct. 29.

Northrop’s Q3 Aerospace Sales Up 5% to $3.28B

Northrop Grumman Corp. is seeing growth in its Triton unmanned aircraft program.

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Versatility Allows Helix to Tackle Variety of Jobs

BUILDING: Electrical Contractor Had 2017 Revenue of $624 Million

It might not sound all that appealing, but for an electrical contractor, a wastewater treatment plant is a thing of beauty.

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San Diego to Pursue Community Choice Energy Plan

The city of San Diego intends to become an alternative energy provider to meet its goal of getting 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. SDG&E said it does not anticipate any material impact to its financial results.

Hire Signals Co.’s Strong Stake in Future Transportation

The coming of autonomous vehicles, as well as vehicles connected by radio, is a big deal for McCain Inc.

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Cubic Acquires Trafficware

Cubic Corp. said on Oct. 24 that it acquired Advanced Traffic Solutions Inc. of Sugar Land, Texas for $235.7 million in cash.

PSemi’s Parent Company Keeps It Very Busy

TECH: San Diego Co. Is Turning Away Work, But Still Making Acquisitions

Jim Cable is back for another go-round as chief executive of PSemi Corp., the semiconductor unit of Japan-based Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

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KPMG Names S.D. Managing Partner

Gonzales will be in charge of the office’s strategic direction and growth, and will oversee nearly 270 professionals and partners in San Diego.

A New Day For Donors

Who Will Follow in the Philanthropic Footsteps Of Those Who Have Given So Much to San Diego?

That person is out there: San Diego’s next big donor, who will put a name on a major civic, arts or university building.

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GA Takes on Lithium-Ion Battery Deal

General Atomics said it received a contract from the U.S. Special Operations Command to deliver prototype lithium-ion battery systems for manned submersibles. The company is supplying what it calls LiFT, or lithium-ion fault-tolerant battery systems.

Wertheim Family Pledges $25M to UC San Diego

UC San Diego Health said it received a $25 million pledge from the Wertheim Family Foundation to fund a public health initiative at the university.

Seacoast Commerce Bank Surpasses $1B in Assets

San Diego-based Seacoast Commerce Bank reported net income of $3.47 million in the third quarter of 2018. The figure is up 144 percent from the third quarter of 2017, when net income was $1.43 million.

Sempra Pushes Farther Into Texas

After acquiring most of Dallas-based Oncor earlier this year, San Diego-based Sempra Energy wants to build on its investment in Texas with an investment totaling more than $1 billion in publicly traded InfraREIT.

Viasat’s Radio Project Puts Pentagon Procurement in Fast Lane

DEFENSE: Viasat Gets System in Hands Of Troops in 17 Months

Viasat Inc. did not take the conventional path to developing the handheld radio known as BATS-D, which soldiers on the ground use to call in airstrikes on enemy positions.

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Viasat Will Fly With Gulfstream

Viasat Inc. said on Oct. 15 that its in-flight satellite connectivity equipment will be a factory-installed option in Gulfstream G280 business jets.

Navy Contractor Finds Off-Road Opportunity

DEFENSE: Particle Separator May Save Filters and Engines

Lily Aragon’s company has Southern California written all over it.

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NASSCO Tapped for 6th Expeditionary Sea Base Ship

The U.S. Navy issued a preliminary contract that will let General Dynamics NASSCO build a sixth in a series of ships for expeditionary warfare.

Kratos Has a Spot in Harris Radios

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said on Oct. 15 that it has licensed its Common Data Link radio technology to Harris Corp. for use in Harris’ handheld NanoSVDL radios.

Sempra, Activists Agree on 2 Board Members

Sempra Energy, working in conjunction with an activist investor group, named Cynthia L. Walker and Michael N. Mears to its board of directors on Oct. 11.

Planet Home Lending Opens in Chula Vista

Connecticut-based Planet Home Lending LLC announced on Oct. 11 that it has opened a branch office in Chula Vista’s Eastlake district.

End of Fiscal Year Is Awards Time for Military

The usual deluge of contract awards came with the end of the Pentagon’s fiscal year.

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Northrop Delivers on Lifesaving Jamming Devices

Northrop Grumman Corp. said this month that it delivered all of its JCREW software-programmable signal jammers created during the program’s low-rate initial production phase. Final delivery of the dismounted systems was in June.

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Co.’s Radio Technology Keeps Lines of Communication Open

TECH: Military Is Major Customer for Software, Hardware

Making radios that successfully connect on the battlefield is a real-world challenge. When soldiers have to go into cities — or tunnels — radio communication gets even more difficult.

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Kratos Expands Military Training Projects

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. said Oct. 11 that it received more than $30 million in scope increases on multiple existing military training contracts.

GA Wants to Be Part of Moon Mission

General Atomics is part of a team that wants to support NASA’s next, unmanned trip to the moon. Under a proposal submitted to NASA, GA’s Electromagnetic Systems division would build a lunar lander in the United States.

Harper Gets Military Construction Deals at Camp Pendleton, Fort Sill

Harper Construction Co. recently won two Pentagon construction contracts, for work on "starship barracks" and high-explosive magazines.

With Eye On Expansion, Co. Consolidates Its Diverse Pharma Forces

Japanese food and drug manufacturing giant Ajinomoto Group is reorganizing, placing three disparate drug-making businesses on three continents under one umbrella.

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Cubic Adds Jobs to Support Transportation Projects

Cubic Corp. said that it is in the process of hiring 150 people in San Diego for new positions in its transportation business. It also plans to upgrade its headquarters in Kearny Mesa to accommodate company growth.

Leidos to Support Navy Health Research in $58M Deal

Leidos Inc. recently received a five-year, $57.8 million task order to perform work at Naval Health Research Center in San Diego.

U.S. Bank Names Manuel Rodriguez as Market President

U.S. Bank has promoted Manuel E. Rodriguez to San Diego market president. Rodriguez, 38, was previously vice president within commercial banking at U.S. Bank in San Diego.

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RAF Cashes Out of Industrial With $170M Portfolio Sale

In what some brokers are calling the biggest deal in a decade or more, RAF Pacifica Group has sold a portfolio of 12 industrial and office buildings in North County San Diego and Temecula to an undisclosed industrial investor for $170 million.

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Investor Gets Observer Status on Viasat Board

Viasat Inc. said on Oct. 3 that a major investor, the Baupost Group LLC, will get a presence on its board as a non-voting observer. As of Oct. 4, Baupost had an $861 million stake in the Carlsbad company.

Swinerton Strives to Build Both the Team and Community

2018 Best Places to Work Winners: Mega Employer Category (2,000 Or More U.S. Employees)

BUILDING: From Nonprofit Efforts to Instant Bonuses, Co. Recognizes Good Work

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Sempra Unlikely to Be Hurt Initially By China’s Tariffs on LNG

ENERGY: Co. to Serve Other Customers; It May Hurt Facility Construction

The Chinese government’s new schedule of tariffs should be no concern for San Diego’s Sempra Energy, according to at least one industry analyst.

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Co. Aims to Counter Possible Device Dangers

TECH: Cases for Phones, Laptops Address Concerns Over Radiation Exposure

Cary Subel and Alaey Kumar have built a business on the foundation of technology — specifically, public unease over technology.

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Kratos Receives Contract for 6 Drones

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. announced Oct. 2 that it received a new contract award for six high-performance, jet-powered unmanned aerial drone system aircraft.

Navy May Partner to Redevelop SPAWAR Site

The U.S. Navy is mulling its options to renovate or redevelop its 42-acre SPAWAR complex in Old Town — a former aircraft factory — as well as a nearby 24-acre complex on Sports Arena Boulevard.

Cohu Closes Acquisition of Xcerra

Cohu Inc., the Poway company that makes equipment for semiconductor factories, announced on Oct. 1 that it has completed its acquisition of Massachusetts-based Xcerra Corp. for about $800 million.

NASA, General Atomics to Look Down on Air Pollution

NASA has awarded General Atomics a $38.5 million contract to host a NASA instrument on a GA Electromagnetic Systems Group satellite, which is scheduled for launch in 2022.

Jim Cable Takes Helm at PSemi

PSemi, the business formerly known as Peregrine Semiconductor, announced that former CEO Jim Cable will take the role of pro tem CEO. He succeeds Stefan Wolff, who will remain as a strategic adviser until December.

Cubic Collects $22M Transportation Contract

Cubic Corp. said it received a $22 million contract to upgrade the fare collection system of a current client, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The agency, also called Metro, uses a smart card called TAP.

Cos. Partner for In-Home 5G Broadband Service

Mira Mesa-based Inseego Corp. is supplying the wireless routers for Verizon’s in-home 5G broadband service. Financial terms of the relationship, announced Sept. 13, were not disclosed.

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Aeromexico, La Compagnie Choose Viasat Wi-Fi

Viasat announced new customers for its in-flight satellite internet service, which provides Wi-Fi to airline passengers.

Cubic Wins $394M Bay Area Transit Deal

Continuing a winning streak in transportation, Cubic Corp. received a $394 million contract to provide the fare collection system for the San Francisco Bay Area’s transit providers. The deal runs through 2032.

SDMAC Is Earning Respect as a Role Model

NONPROFIT: Group Seen as Example of Cooperation, Effectiveness

The San Diego Military Advisory Council has become a role model.

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GigaIO Closes $4.5M Funding Round

Carlsbad-based GigaIO Networks Inc., which is developing a novel computer architecture, received $4.5 million in its series A round. Mark IV Capital led the round, announced on Sept. 25.

Cubic Collects $22M Transportation Contract

Cubic Corp. said it received a $22 million contract to upgrade the fare collection system of a current client, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.