Manufacturing

Ron Pierce, Founder of Bass Cat Boats, Dies at 81
Ron Pierce

Ron Pierce, Founder of Bass Cat Boats, Dies at 81

Ron Pierce, the founder of Bass Cat Boats and a former member of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, has died after battling a long illness. He was 81.
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Incoming Tyson CEO Tom Hayes Not Starting From Scratch

Tom Hayes, who becomes CEO of Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on Dec. 31, talks about the transition in this expanded version of Executive Q&A.
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Midwest Economic Survey Shows Improvement in November

A monthly survey of business supply managers shows improvement but still reflects relatively weak economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states.
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For Americans, Trump's Tariffs on Imports Could Be Costly

American consumers and businesses would pay - literally - if President-elect Donald Trump followed through on his campaign pledge to slap big taxes on imports from China and Mexico.
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Tianyuan Garment Factory Turns Tide: 400 Jobs ‘Reshored' to Little Rock

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