Business Briefs for April 28, 2008

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Apr. 28, 2008 12:00 am  

Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. of Springdale has begun production of its latest composite decking product line, the Juniper Collection. The new product incorporates recycled plastics and heartwood cedar fibers, contains no toxic chemicals or polyvinyl chlorides, and has the look, feel and smell of real wood, AERT says.                   

The Independent Insurance Agency of Arkansas broke ground last week for its new 7,000-SF office in the NorthShore Business Park in North Little Rock. It is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2008. Hydco Inc. is the contractor for the project.

The state Highway & Transportation Department said its 2008 version of the official Arkansas state highway map is now available. It expects to distribute 1 million copies of the map, which are free at highway department offices and Arkansas welcome centers along major highways. Online, they can be requested at

 The University of Arkansas has published its Spring 2008 issue of Research Frontiers that showcases the work of faculty. In addition to the articles in the magazine, Research Frontiers on the Web features new videos that show research being conducted around the world.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will stop selling baby bottles made with the controversial chemical bisphenol A in its U.S. stores beginning early next year. The move follows a draft report from the U.S. National Toxicology Program that expressed concern that BPA, which is used to make plastic, could cause behavioral changes in infants and children and trigger the early onset of puberty in females. The report also said more study should be done.



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