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Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

Arkansas' minimum wage of $6.25 an hour, which applies to all employers with four or more employees, is one of only four state minimums that remain below the federal wage of $7.25 hourly.
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Mark Pryor Holds Manufacturing Summit in Little Rock

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor met with various Arkansas manufacturing companies Friday morning in Little Rock to discuss the improvement of job opportunities in the sector.
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Alma Firm Receives Federal Grant for 'Quad Rider'

InvoTek, a research and development firm from Alma, has received a $175,000 federal grant for development of the "Quad Rider," a gear and braking device that helps people with disabilities safely operate a handcycle.
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Deltic Timber 2Q Net Down Against One-Time Gains

Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado reports second-quarter net income of $5.3 million or 42 cents per share, down 53 percent from the same time last year. read more >

Green Bay Packaging to Spend $30M for New Equipment at Morrilton Plant

Green Bay Packaging Inc. of Green Bay, Wisconsin, says it will spend $30 million to upgrade equipment, which it says will increase efficiency and production at its Arkansas Kraft Division plant in Morrilton. read more >

Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

Top executives at the world's largest company continue to dominate Arkansas Business' annual list of public company executive compensation, starting with the new CEO, Doug McMillon. read more >

Lessons Learned (Editorial)

One of our best additions to the pages of Arkansas Business in our redesign three years ago has turned out to be the weekly Executive Q&A. It's a good way of getting new voices into the paper, voices largely unfiltered by editors because the Q&As are usually done via email and we publish the answers largely as written (though sometimes abbreviated because of space constraints). read more >

Deltic Timber's Ray Dillon on Staying Smart When Branching Out

Ray Dillon, who has led Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado since July 1, 2003, also works with both industry trade associations and community-oriented nonprofit organizations. read more >

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.2 Percent But Labor Force Smaller

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell for the ninth consecutive month in June to 6.2 percent. It marks the fourth consecutive month that the state's unemployment rate has been below 7 percent. read more >

Family Tree Thrives at Horton's Orthotics & Prosthetics

Gary Horton was happy when his three children showed an interest in joining the family business, Horton's Orthotics & Prosthetics, though, he said, he made a point of not trying to sway them. “They just basically all chose to do it.” read more >

Fort Smith's Pruitt Tool & Supply Co. Going Global

From modest beginnings, Pruitt Tool now has nine offices across the United States and has business interests overseas in countries such as Russia and Turkey. The company rents its patented equipment, the Pruitt rotating control device, to oil rigs drilling for oil and gas. read more >

Springdale Warehouse Has New Lease in the Bag

Olivet International Inc. of Mira Loma, California, has leased a 130,000-SF warehouse in Springdale. Olivet manufactures a variety of products such as apparel and luggage. The warehouse at 603 N. Monitor Road is owned by WAJA Inc. of Fort Smith. read more >

Wine Permit for Sassafras Springs Tops Grapevine of Beer & Wine Updates

Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, owned by Gene Long and his wife, Cheryl, has been open since April 1, but it finally received its wine manufacturing permit from the state in May, though it isn't likely to start producing until the end of the year, Long said. read more >

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