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December 31, 1989
Banks and S&Ls Financial deregulation in the '80s brought with it risky lending, insider abuse, mismanagement and fraud. Hundreds of financial institutions failed nationwide, including two dozen in Orange County. None was bigger than Charles F. Keating's Irvine-based Lincoln S&L,. The failure could cost taxpayers $2 billion. Housing Prices While the building industry entered the '80s in a slump, it quickly picked up steam as the recession in the early part of the decade subsided.
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BUSINESS
April 4, 1997 | JOHN O'DELL
The giant Japanese traders and manufacturers established operations in Southern California in the late 1970s and early '80s and have been refining and expanding them ever since. Now Orange County may be seeing a new wave of investment from Japan. In recent months, we've had a major noodle maker, a big printing firm and a tofu maker build or enlarge factories in the county, and next month a mid-sized Japanese injection molding company will open its first U.S.
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BUSINESS
January 18, 1990 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As many as 600,000 more residents may move to Orange County this decade, and many of them will live in or near the central part of the county. Over the next 10 years foreigners will almost certainly wind up owning many more than the 35 major buildings they own now. And the boom in office and factory construction that marked much of the 1980s may slow down considerably as defense spending slackens in the 1990s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1992 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reg Dorrett stood surrounded by the future. Mock decompression chambers, robotic arms, high-tech hardware--all confronted the Canadian emissary here last week as he shook his head in wonder at a model of a space station that is to be launched in 1995. "It really is fascinating, I must say," Dorrett, Canada's consul general to the western United States, said during a tour of the McDonnell Douglas space facility here. "We're just not getting enough Canadians involved in this."
BUSINESS
May 21, 1991 | Cristina Lee, Times staff writer
Trade Mission: The World Trade Center of Orange County plans to lead a two-week trade mission to three European countries this fall. The mission will bring 25 business people from Orange County to Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Germany. Victoria Biagiotte, the group's membership services manager, said the European mission will focus on opportunities for Southland companies to export environmental and medical products to the three countries.
BUSINESS
April 4, 1997 | JOHN O'DELL
The giant Japanese traders and manufacturers established operations in Southern California in the late 1970s and early '80s and have been refining and expanding them ever since. Now Orange County may be seeing a new wave of investment from Japan. In recent months, we've had a major noodle maker, a big printing firm and a tofu maker build or enlarge factories in the county, and next month a mid-sized Japanese injection molding company will open its first U.S.
BUSINESS
December 31, 1989
Here are some of the biggest business stories in Orange County in the '80s: 1980 Allergan is sold to SmithKline for $259 million. Deregulation forces John Wayne Airport to grant access to Frontier and Western airlines. Area loses dominance in sailboat building as firms move because of high land prices. County loses position as fastest-growing region in state. Oil business booms, and local oil services firms reap high profits.
NEWS
February 17, 1992 | DAVE LESHER and CRISTINA LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As Mexico opens its economic doors to the world, Orange County business leaders are peeking in at an emerging marketplace and finding new opportunities for local companies to grow. Last week, a delegation of Orange County business leaders returned from a two-day fact-finding trip in Mexico, and several members said they were happily surprised to find that substantial changes in that country's economy during the past three years have already created attractive business opportunities.
BUSINESS
November 2, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although Cymer Laser Technologies, a small San Diego laser manufacturer, has yet to begin marketing its first product, it can already boast such big-name Japanese partners as Nikon and Canon. Cymer and dozens of other fledgling firms in Orange and San Diego counties got an early introduction into foreign markets from Ventana Growth Funds, a venture capital firm in Irvine that specializes in linking foreign investors with local start-up companies. Although the U.S.
BUSINESS
February 21, 1992 | TED JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The recession hasn't forced foreign-owned companies with offices in Southern California to abandon their expansion plans or plans to hire new employees, according to an accounting firm's recent survey. A study of 321 foreign-owned companies--including 75 in Orange County--showed that 77% of the firms polled plan to expand in 1992 by adding new facilities, new products or seeking new markets. Half the companies planned to add more workers.
NEWS
February 17, 1992 | DAVE LESHER and CRISTINA LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As Mexico opens its economic doors to the world, Orange County business leaders are peeking in at an emerging marketplace and finding new opportunities for local companies to grow. Last week, a delegation of Orange County business leaders returned from a two-day fact-finding trip in Mexico, and several members said they were happily surprised to find that substantial changes in that country's economy during the past three years have already created attractive business opportunities.
BUSINESS
May 21, 1991 | Cristina Lee, Times staff writer
Trade Mission: The World Trade Center of Orange County plans to lead a two-week trade mission to three European countries this fall. The mission will bring 25 business people from Orange County to Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Germany. Victoria Biagiotte, the group's membership services manager, said the European mission will focus on opportunities for Southland companies to export environmental and medical products to the three countries.
BUSINESS
November 2, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although Cymer Laser Technologies, a small San Diego laser manufacturer, has yet to begin marketing its first product, it can already boast such big-name Japanese partners as Nikon and Canon. Cymer and dozens of other fledgling firms in Orange and San Diego counties got an early introduction into foreign markets from Ventana Growth Funds, a venture capital firm in Irvine that specializes in linking foreign investors with local start-up companies. Although the U.S.
BUSINESS
January 18, 1990 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As many as 600,000 more residents may move to Orange County this decade, and many of them will live in or near the central part of the county. Over the next 10 years foreigners will almost certainly wind up owning many more than the 35 major buildings they own now. And the boom in office and factory construction that marked much of the 1980s may slow down considerably as defense spending slackens in the 1990s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1992 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reg Dorrett stood surrounded by the future. Mock decompression chambers, robotic arms, high-tech hardware--all confronted the Canadian emissary here last week as he shook his head in wonder at a model of a space station that is to be launched in 1995. "It really is fascinating, I must say," Dorrett, Canada's consul general to the western United States, said during a tour of the McDonnell Douglas space facility here. "We're just not getting enough Canadians involved in this."
BUSINESS
February 21, 1992 | TED JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The recession hasn't forced foreign-owned companies with offices in Southern California to abandon their expansion plans or plans to hire new employees, according to an accounting firm's recent survey. A study of 321 foreign-owned companies--including 75 in Orange County--showed that 77% of the firms polled plan to expand in 1992 by adding new facilities, new products or seeking new markets. Half the companies planned to add more workers.
BUSINESS
December 31, 1989
Here are some of the biggest business stories in Orange County in the '80s: 1980 Allergan is sold to SmithKline for $259 million. Deregulation forces John Wayne Airport to grant access to Frontier and Western airlines. Area loses dominance in sailboat building as firms move because of high land prices. County loses position as fastest-growing region in state. Oil business booms, and local oil services firms reap high profits.
BUSINESS
December 31, 1989 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 1980s has been a decade of deregulation, defense and deals. And for Orange County, it ushered in an era of seemingly unbridled economy activity that reshaped the area's corporate landscape. In the entrepreneurial atmosphere of the '80s--kicked off with the election of Ronald Reagan as President and the adoption of his supply-side economics and free-market philosophy--the Orange County business community shook off its insularity and grasped a global view.
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