Manufacturing Archive

Jonesboro Business Leaders Talk Health Care, Manufacturing

by Sarah Campbell 4/13/2017 10:23 am

Northeast Arkansas has experienced a "robust economic expansion" and "some optimism is in order," economist Michael Pakko told business leaders at the second annual Regional Economic Forecast in Jonesboro.

Searcy Energy Lender Southeast Capital Quietly on the Rise

by Kyle Massey 4/10/2017 12:00 am

Jay Barber has quietly built a national business as an energy banker in Searcy, but he's not completely hush-hush.

The Latest Chance for Pine Bluff (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/10/2017 12:00 am

Pine Bluff has never lacked for boosters, but there must be more than sentimental nostalgia for a once-great city to create real, sustainable growth.

UALR Pipeline to Black Oak Celebrates Anniversary

by Sarah Campbell 4/10/2017 12:00 am

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's master's program in information quality recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and the only complaint from employer Black Oak Analytics Inc. is that it should produce even more “rock stars.”

US Unemployment Falls to a Low 4.5 Percent

by Associated Press 4/7/2017 07:56 am

U.S. employers added just 98,000 jobs last month, the fewest in a year, though the unemployment rate fell to a nearly seven-year low of 4.5 percent.

US Jobless Aid Applications Fell to 234,000 Last Week

by Associated Press 4/6/2017 10:20 am

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign of the job market appears to be increasingly secure for workers.

US Factory Orders Up 1 Percent in February

by Associated Press 4/4/2017 11:43 am

Orders to U.S. factories rose in February amid a surge in demand for commercial aircraft, but a key category that tracks business investment spending slipped for the first time in five months.

Shifting Labor Rules Keep Arkansas Attorneys Busy

by Mark Friedman 4/3/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas labor and employment attorneys are keeping an eye on challenges to the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime rules as well as a bill that would amend the Minimum Wage Act in Arkansas.

Help Wanted: Cotton Immigration Measure Can Be Improved, Zook Says

by Gwen Moritz 4/3/2017 12:00 am

While Randy Zook, CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas, applauds the RAISE bill's reform of the family reunification preference, he does not believe the proposal actually meets the needs of the economy.

Arkansas Industry Leaders Say Temporary Workers in Short Supply

by Gwen Moritz 4/3/2017 12:00 am

The RAISE Act that U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton introduced in February would slash permanent legal immigration, but it doesn't address at all the immigration issue that may be most pressing back home in Arkansas: temporary workers.

Core Brewing Adds Fayetteville Pub

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/3/2017 12:00 am

Core Brewing & Distillery Co. of Springdale is making progress on its second location in Fayetteville, having applied with the state for a license for a microbrewery restaurant.

Central Arkansas Industrial Vacancy Rate Unchanged

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/3/2017 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for industrial space in central Arkansas stood at 10.2 percent in the fourth quarter, unchanged from third-quarter 2016 and down 0.9 percentage point from first-quarter 2016.

Communications Group Captures Motion Account

by Kyle Massey 4/3/2017 12:00 am

The Communications Group has been named the corporate marketing agency for Motion Industries of Birmingham, Alabama, one of the nation's leading distributors of industrial replacement parts.

DWS Director Daryl Bassett on Why Land of Opportunity Needs More Workers To Land a Job

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/3/2017 12:00 am

Before being named to lead the Department of Workforce Services by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in December 2014, Daryl Bassett served as director of Business & Commercial Services at the Arkansas secretary of state's office.

Ecoark Names New CEO, CFO

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2017 09:23 am

Ecoark Holdings Inc. of Rogers on Thursday announced the appointment of Jay Puchir as CEO and the election of former Walmart treasurer Charles Rateliff as CFO and treasurer.

Highland Pellets Haggling Over New Plant Site

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2017 12:00 am

Hopes for a new wood pellet plant between Stephens and Camden are in the balance as the decision-making scale toggles between Arkansas and Mississippi.

Zombies Beware: Pine Bluff Is Rising

by Kyle Massey 3/27/2017 12:00 am

A growing army of developers and investors are on a mission of revitalization for the city of Pine Bluff.

It Seemed Like Such a Good Idea (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/27/2017 12:00 am

I've started to think that “It seemed like such a good idea” may be the American epitaph, and manipulating our diets wasn't even the start.

Scholarships for Retail Development (J. Cliff McKinney Commentary)

by J. Cliff McKinney 3/27/2017 12:00 am

Other states recognize the valuable economic contribution of retail. These states have incentive programs — retail scholarships — that Arkansas tries to compete against without an effective answer.

Arkansas Unemployment Drops to Record 3.7 Percent in February

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/24/2017 10:36 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate continued to fall in February to the lowest on record, 3.7 percent. The rate was 3.8 percent in January and 4.1 percent in February 2016.

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