Business Briefs for Aug. 8, 2005

by Arkansas Business staff  on Monday, Aug. 8, 2005 12:00 am  

• David E. Loeffler will retire on Jan. 31 as senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Arkansas Best Corp. of Fort Smith. Judy R. McReynolds, current vice president and controller, will replace Loeffler, who joined Arkansas Best in 1995. McReynolds has been with the company since 1997.

• Winrock International's new headquarters building in Little Rock has earned the gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and is the first office building in Arkansas to receive that distinction. It is one of only 70 facilities in the United States to earn the gold rating, and the second in Arkansas.

• Little Rock's EDocAmerica has reached the 1 million mark in lives covered by its Web-based tool. It is now the nation's largest third-party online provider of physician-consumer communications. It has more than 350,000 covered families at more than 600 companies and associations in all 50 states and 26 other countries.

• The Arkansas State Chamber/AIA's 46th annual Salute to the Arkansas Congressional Delegation will be held Aug. 23-24 at the Clinton Presidential Library in conjunction with the Arkansas Economic Developers annual conference. To register, visit or call Deb Mathis at (501) 374-9225. The 4th Congressional District Luncheon with Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., is set for noon on Aug. 24 at Brave New Restaurant. The cost is $25. Contact Judi Norton at (870) 535-0110.

• Arkansas Economic Developers will hold its annual conference Aug. 22-24 at The Peabody Little Rock. After the awards luncheon on Aug. 23, Patrick Kuhse will speak on "Walking the Line: Ethics." There will be a panel session on creative packaging of state and local incentives that afternoon, and that evening the group will take part in the Arkansas State Chamber/AIA's Back Home Bash for the state's congressional delegation. Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., will speak at the Aug. 24 breakfast, followed by Department of Economic Development Director Larry Walther. The cost is $175 for AED members. For more information, call Susie Marks at (501) 377-6016.

• ABF Freight Systems Inc. of Fort Smith is the recipient of the 2005 Fleet Contest Division Leader Award from the National Safety Council. The award recognizes outstanding performance in transportation safety.

• Transplace Inc. of Plano, Texas, the third-party logistics provider in which J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell is the majority owner, has been selected by the readers of Inbound Logistics for the magazine's top 10 3PL Excellence Award. This is the third consecutive year that Transplace has received this recognition.

• The Arkansas Farm Bureau has created a panel to consider what the next federal farm bill should include. It includes Farm Bureau Vice President Randy Veach of Manila as chairman, and John Andrews of Walnut Ridge, Ryan Anglin of Bentonville, Nathan Gregory of Augusta, David Hillman of Almyra, Richard Plugge of Hartman, Allen Stewart of Mena, DeAnn Vaught of Horatio and Andrew Whisenhunt of Bradley.

• Construction has begun on the $2.6 million, 73,750-SF Academy Sports & Outdoors retail store in the Sherwood Forest Shopping Center on the corner of Wildwood Avenue and Warden Road in Sherwood. Academy Sports & Outdoors is the major anchor tenant for Phase I of the center that will encompass approximately 145,000 SF. The developer is Blackburn Properties of San Antonio. May Construction of Little Rock is the general contractor for the project, which is expected to completed by November.

• K-Tops Plastic Manufacturing expects to begin productions this week at its plant at Colt, north of Forrest City. It will make plastic parts for various kinds of baby seats. The company was expected to start production with 70 to 80 employees. Future plans call for more than 200 workers once a third phase is completed in early 2006.

• The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock has received $8.7 million for medical research from the late Helen Guinn Adams of Fayetteville. It will be used to create the Helen Guinn Adams Research Endowment.

• Attorney General Mike Beebe has turned down another bid by state Rep. Charles Ormond, D-Morrilton, to get a ballot proposal approved that would authorize a state-run gambling operation. Beebe's opinion cited a typographical error and two ambiguities in the language submitted by Ormond.



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