Construction Archive

Lawmaker Jane English Helps Spur Workforce Training Reform

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

State Sen. Jane English has no use for the private option, the Medicaid expansion providing health insurance to the poor. But the Republican lawmaker from North Little Rock saw an opportunity and took it, and what began as an old-fashioned political horse trade — you get my vote, I get something for my constituents — appears likely to evolve into a governor-backed legislative package that next year will seek to transform workforce training in Arkansas.

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones.

Government, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods Remain Atop Largest Arkansas Employers List

by Marty Cook 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The names of Arkansas' largest employers remain mostly unchanged from a year ago — and every year. State government is still atop the list with nearly 57,000 employees.

$1.5M Baseball Field Project Gets Swinging In Arkadelphia

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

A $1.5 million project is underway that will see Arkadelphia's Youth Sports Complex finally get the baseball fields that were envisioned more than a decade ago.

Farmland Produces $1.8M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 4/7/2014 12:00 am

More than 800 acres in east Pulaski County tipped the scales at $1.87 million. A media office project in west Little Rock weighed in at $1.65 million. And the sale of a 23.4-acre mini-storage development in south Pulaski County changed hands in a $1.2 million sale.

Maumelle Leads Recent Million-Dollar Deals in Pulaski County

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2014 12:00 am

A foursome of Pulaski County properties generated seven-digit transactions.

US Employers Add 192k Jobs; Rate Stays at 6.7 Percent

by Associated Press 4/4/2014 08:50 am

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth.

Oily Deals: Pattern Emerging in Questionable Arkoma Gas Transactions

by Wythe Walker Jr. and David F. Kern 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Jerry Jones has always pleaded innocent in the controversial 1982 Arkla-Arkoma gas deal, a deal worth at least $174.8 million when the final numbers were tallied last fall. This January, a ratepayers' class-action suit declared the deal an insider's rip-off for Arkansas gas consumers who got stuck with an $80 million overcharge bill that went straight into Jones' bulging bank account.

6-Inch Error in Laying Concrete Puts Alltel Arena Project Behind Schedule

by David Smith 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Construction on Alltel Arena is more than a month behind schedule because of an error in geometric calculations by the concrete contractor, the senior project manager for the $53 million construction job says.

Despite Name, Arkansas Casino Corp. Operator Closely Tied to Texas, Idaho

by Michael Whiteley and Mark Friedman 3/31/2014 12:00 am

As an officer of Arkansas Casino Corp., the Dallas civil trial attorney feared that what happened in 1998 would happen again. That year, the company failed to round up enough signatures to put an initiative before the voters that would allow it to operate six casinos in Arkansas as well as pave the way for a state-run lottery and legalize charitable bingo.

Andrew Kilgore: Portraits in Black and White

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Beginning with the last issue of 1984 and continuing into 1988, Andrew Kilgore photographed business legends and up-and-comers for the cover of Arkansas Business.

John Glasgow to Dillard's: ‘Call Off the Dogs'

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

The relationship between the management of CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock and half-owner Dillard's Inc. was under tremendous stress in the days before CDI's chief financial officer disappeared on Jan. 28.

Jonathan Brawner, Mastermind of One Failed Kidnapping, Claims He Hid John Glasgow's Body

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Jon Brawner masterminded the early morning kidnapping of a businessman with the intention of forcing him to transfer money from his company to offshore accounts. But things went wrong — fatally so. This is not the story of John Glasgow, although Brawner now claims to have helped bury the body of the construction executive who vanished four years ago after leaving his Little Rock home before dawn.

Voss Apartments to Get $1M Moses Tucker Makeover

by Lance Turner 3/26/2014 04:08 pm

Moses Tucker Real Estate of Little Rock says one of its affiliates has purchased the Voss Apartment building at Rock Street and Capitol Avenue in Little Rock.

Arkansas Tech Board Approves $11.6M CDI Bid for New Facility

by Lee Hogan 3/24/2014 12:16 pm

Arkansas Tech University's Board of Trustees on Thursday awarded an $11.6 million construction contract to CDI Contractors LLC for a four-story, 66,900-SF academic, student support and administrative facility on the Russellville campus.

County Judge: Work on Big River Steel Mill to Begin By Mid-June

by Associated Press 3/24/2014 11:12 am

Mississippi County should see construction of a $1.1 billion steel mill begin by early summer now that an administrative law judge has rejected a challenge to the plant's air-quality permit, the county's chief administrative officer says.

Batesville to Start Work on $22M Community Center

by Mark Friedman 3/24/2014 12:00 am

The approximately 100,000-SF center will feature a gym that can hold three basketball courts, a walking/running track, a catering kitchen, fitness rooms, meeting rooms and indoor swimming pools.

Women Can — And Men Can, Too (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/24/2014 12:00 am

There may be a few jobs out there in which every man — person — for himself is a winning strategy, but a rising tide generally does lift all boats. All of us should ask: Am I protecting myself to my own detriment? Would I be more successful or happier or richer or less stressed if I shared the opportunity?

Skyline Report: New Home Occupancy Up 60 Percent in Northwest Arkansas

by Mark Carter 3/19/2014 10:17 am

New home occupancy in northwest Arkansas was up 60.7 percent in the second half of 2013, according to the most recent Skyline Report from Arvest Bank, released Wednesday.

Mike Beebe Names 36 Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 03:08 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday announced a judicial appointment as well as 36 appointments to state boards and commissions.