Arcata, a cutting-edge automotive outsource management company, is designed to operate auto dealerships across North America, implementing advanced systems to make the client stores more responsive and profitable in a rapidly changing industry, officials announced. The new company, based in Los Angeles, is a joint venture of Carlson Companies, Inc. and The Rikess Group. It is the first time two industry leaders have joined forces to form a management company with such significant resources and capabilities, officials said.