Category Archives: Shipping

We'll Build Buses for China

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This might have snuck past you over the weekend. Harbor City-based Balqon has signed a $16 million deal to build 300 drive systems for inner-city buses in China. Balqon began building electric drayage trucks for Southern California ports in early … Continue reading »


What Germany Knows

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A shout out today to Robert Marquand of the Christian Science Monitor who considers, among other things, why Germany is flourishing while other developed economies flounder. Marquand takes us to an industrial park near Dresden, where solar company Roth & … Continue reading »


Union Pacific Owns 160 Acres Around NUMMI Plant

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At the tail end of last year, Union Pacific Railroad bought the property in two parcels from New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. The price is as yet unknown. “We plan to develop the property at an undetermined point in the … Continue reading »


Eating Bitterness in Solitude

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A shout out today to a compelling piece in the New York Times by Keith Bradsher. He explores why many American companies would rather suffer in silence than complain when Chinese authorities steer green tech contracts to homegrown manufacturers, sometimes … Continue reading »


California Exports Hit October High

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$12.91 billion in goods exported to foreign markets would mark a 16.5 percent increase over October 2009. According to an analysis of today’s U.S. Commerce Department figures by Beacon Economics, we’re doing better than we’ve done in three years, in … Continue reading »


Northrop Grumman Shifts Gears

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A shout out today for this analysis from Nathan Hodge of the Wall Street Journal. Anticipating lean defense budgets in the future, Northrop CEO Wes Bush has begun a sweeping corporate restructuring over the past few months. Its most radical … Continue reading »


Manufacturing Exports Up; Employment, Not So Much

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How it is that California’s exports of manufactured goods surged 20.1 percent in July compared to last year …. but California manufacturers still aren’t hiring in big numbers? A few weeks back, the Sacramento Bee explored the questions that come … Continue reading »


Alcohol Wholesalers Angle for Position in DC

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Heads up from the Wine Spectator. Last week, Congressman William Delahunt (D-Mass.) submitted a revised version of H.R. 5034, the Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness (CARE) Act. The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the bill for September … Continue reading »


The Macro in the Micro

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As a reporter, I was impressed with MissionLoc@l’s close study last year of one commercial strip in San Francisco. Then, it was Mission Street. Now, the student journalists from UC Berkeley are aiming their curiosity at Valencia Street.  If you’re … Continue reading »


560 Shipbuilders Out of Work in San Diego

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NASSCO-General Dynamics warned something like this might be coming. The last major shipbuilder on the West Coast just laid off 290 of 4,100 workers. 270 subcontractors also lost their jobs. NASSCO is one of San Diego County’s 20 largest employers. … Continue reading »