Energy Archive

Sustainability as a Business Strategy (Nancy Landrum Commentary)

by Nancy Landrum 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Sustainability in business is, at its core, about returning to old-fashioned business values: knowing your customers and neighbors, frugality and efficiency, doing the right thing and being accountable for your actions.

Mack McLarty Receives Rector Award, Designates Donation for Centers for Youth & Families

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Mack McLarty was presented the Rector Award at a Little Rock luncheon Jan. 17 held by Fifty for the Future, a civic organization of business leaders in central Arkansas. Named in memory of the late William Rector, the award comes with a charitable donation of $1,000, which McLarty designated for the Centers for Youth & Families.

Opening Today, Wal-Mart Tests Convenience Store Prototype

by Marty Cook 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hopes to put the convenience back in convenience stores. The Bentonville retail giant is having a grand opening of its “Walmart To Go” store on March 19. The store is at 1300 S. Walton Blvd., less than a mile from the corporate headquarters.

Arkansas Business Seeking 40 Under 40 Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2014 08:15 am

The 2014 class of 40 Under 40 honorees will be profiled in the June 23 issue of Arkansas Business. Included in this issue will be a listing of their accomplishments within their businesses, organizations and/or community.

Minimum Wage Proposals Spark Disagreement

by Mark Friedman 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Whether raising the minimum wage — a burning issue in the tourism and hospitality industries — will actually help all the people it's aimed at is a question of deep disagreement, even among experts. There does appear to be, however, consensus on the minimum conditions necessary to have a sustainable economy.

Henderson State Gets $342K From Entergy Arkansas For Energy Efficiency

by Luke Jones 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Henderson State University in Arkadelphia has received $342,218 in incentives from Entergy Arkansas Inc. for energy-efficient lighting upgrades.

Accountability Sans Jerkiness (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 3/10/2014 12:00 am

A CEO can delegate just about everything except culture. And every company will have a culture, whether it just happens or is implemented purposefully and continually by leadership in every decision and hire.

Resources of Arkansas Are Capital (Feedback)

by Barbara Jarvis 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Intense climate disruption is hitting our wallets. Extreme weather — powerful floods, storms, drought, wildfires and heat — cost more than $140 billion in 2012: $1,100 per taxpayer. Our only viable choice now is to slow carbon dioxide production and try to mitigate the harm.

Mid-South Sales Buys Hightower Oil Company

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/7/2014 11:30 am

Mid-South Sales of Jonesboro has purchased the fuel, lube and fuel services business of Hightower Oil Company of Plumerville, the companies announced this week.

Southwest Power Pool Implements Integrated Marketplace

by Lee Hogan 3/3/2014 10:19 am

Southwest Power Pool has successfully implemented its Integrated Marketplace. SPP says they are the first Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) to design, build and deliver a day-ahead market on time and on budget.

Stampede Transportation of Little Rock to Merge With AET of Dallas

by Mark Carter 3/3/2014 08:40 am

Stampede managing partner Jeff Johnson said the Stampede team will remain in place and continue to manage company operations.

UALR Lab Translates Big Data Into Dollars

by Jan Cottingham 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Humans are digitizing every aspect of life, translating every thought, every endeavor into something that can be read on a computer screen. This act of translation is creating infinite bits of new information — big data, to use the phrase popular in the world of technology.

Little Rock Taking Lead in Switch to CNG (Bruce Moore Commentary)

by Bruce Moore 3/3/2014 12:00 am

This first quarter and in particular the month of March mean new cost savings for the city of Little Rock as it opens its first city-owned and operated compressed natural gas fueling station.

Southwestern Energy Credits Fayetteville Shale for Good 2013

by Luke Jones 2/28/2014 11:09 am

Southwestern Energy Co. of Houston is calling its 2013 "outstanding" and credits its Fayetteville Shale developments for much of this success.

John Hugg, Jill Darling Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2014 07:31 am

Each year, Arkansas Business Publishing Group sponsors the awards to honor businesses in three categories related to number of employees as well as business executives, nonprofit executives and nonprofit organizations in Arkansas.

Delta Plastics CEO Dhu Thompson on Arkansas Naturally Being in the Middle of Manufacturing

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/24/2014 12:00 am

Before buying Delta Plastics of the South in November 1996, Dhu Thompson had been in the banking industry for more than 18 years, most recently as vice president and head of private banking of Bank One in Monroe, La. Delta Plastics employs more than 275, and its sister company, Revolution Bag, employs more than 25.

$1.1 Billion Big River Steel Project Making Progress

by Jan Cottingham 2/24/2014 12:00 am

A year after the highly publicized announcement that a $1.1 billion steel mill was coming to Mississippi County, economic development officials say the project is moving forward despite a rival's objections.

Ethanol Station Sale Boosts Murphy USA 4Q Income

by Luke Jones 2/19/2014 04:14 pm

Murphy Oil USA Inc. today reported net income of $93.6 million for its fourth quarter of 2013, up from $19 million during the same quarter of 2012.

Karen Harbert to Speak on Energy at Little Rock Luncheon

by Lee Hogan 2/19/2014 09:59 am

Karen Harbert, the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber Institute for 21st Century Energy, is scheduled to speak at a downtown Little Rock luncheon Feb. 25.

Creating an Engaged Workforce (John Hendon Commentary)

by John Hendon 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Employee engagement is simply a combination of job satisfaction, ability and a willingness to perform for one's organization at a high level and over an extended time. This combination of satisfaction, ability and willingness is more critical today than ever before in business.