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June 14, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the surface, American businessman Hans Frederick Johnston and Swiss engineer Miklos Vendel seemed like the perfect corporate match. Johnston's peers describe him as "ambitious and autocratic," a savvy deal-maker with an eye for ripe companies. Vendel fit the traditional scientific persona, studious and cautious, opting for a hands-off approach to his investments. Together, they decided to buy Statek Corp., a struggling high-tech firm in Orange.
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May 28, 1999 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juergen Staudte, a onetime Orange County businessman and inventor who played a pivotal role in the development of quartz crystals for digital watches and other timing devices, will be memorialized Wednesday at Fullerton's Evangelical Free Church. Staudte, 61, was killed May 19 when the twin-engine plane he was piloting crashed at an airport in Tucumcari, N.M.
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September 24, 1999 | From Associated Press
The former chairman of an Orange-based electronics company was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday after being convicted in London of hiring hit men to kill former business associates. The evidence against Hans Frederick Johnston, 72, of Stamford, Conn., included a letter he had written, admitting he had decided to "eliminate" his former associates.
BUSINESS
October 16, 1996 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County manufacturers saw productivity, sales and hiring rise in the third quarter, and many believe the growth will continue through the end of the year, a new survey shows. Manufacturing growth in the county, considered a key indicator of local economic trends, was so strong "it was surprising," said Raymond Sfeir, the Chapman University economist who conducts the private school's quarterly survey of county-based manufacturers.
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October 1, 1995 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve McCaughey will help make history this week simply by leaving his car at home while working in Irvine. Instead of spending more than an hour each morning fighting traffic on the Riverside Freeway, he will ride the rails from Corona to his Irvine office in 40 relaxing minutes. His means: what's being touted as the nation's first suburb-to-suburb commuter train line.
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