Manufacturing Archive

Arkansas Employment at Record High, Unemployment at 3.9 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/20/2016 09:30 am

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point, from 4.1 percent in March to 3.9 percent in April, according to the state Department of Workforce Services.

Correct Craft Names Steve Henderson President of SeaArk Boats

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/19/2016 11:07 am

Correct Craft of Orlando, Florida, names Steve Henderson president of SeaArk Boats, the Monticello aluminum fishing boat manufacturer it purchased earlier this week.

Inside New Overtime Regulations, Traps to Avoid, How to Prepare (Stuart Jackson Commentary)

by Stuart Jackson 5/18/2016 01:22 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor published the final rule updating overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. More than 50,000 employees and their employers in Arkansas will be affected. Here's how to prepare.

Correct Craft Buys SeaArk, Will Announce New President

by Sarah Campbell 5/18/2016 11:06 am

Correct Craft of Orlando, Florida, announced on Tuesday its acquisition of SeaArk of Monticello and plans to name a new SeaArk president on Thursday.

Arkansas Consumer Sentiment Continues to Climb

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2016 09:36 am

The current consumer sentiment index for Arkansas is 84.9, up from 77.8 in September, according to the spring 2016 Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey, released Tuesday.

Suit Challenges Rule on Anti-Union Activities

by Gwen Moritz 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Little Rock was a magnet for representatives from law firms around the country last week when U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard arguments in the first federal lawsuit attempting to stop the Obama administration's new “persuader rule” concerning anti-union activities.

Rock Town Distillery Reports Jump In 2016 Sales

by Jan Cottingham 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Phil Brandon has come far since 2010, the year he opened the state's first legal distillery since Prohibition. Rock Town Distillery's sales in the first four months of 2016 are up 67 percent compared with 2015.

US Stocks Fall as Retail Suffering Continues; Oil Slips

by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer 5/13/2016 01:46 pm

U.S. stocks are skidding Friday afternoon as retailers continue to report plunging first-quarter sales. Energy companies are falling as the price of oil slips following a string of recent gains. Stocks are on track for their third straight week of losses.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/12/2016 11:17 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced appointments to state boards and commissions.

Report: US Poultry Workers Forced to Wear Diapers on Job

by Associated Press 5/12/2016 09:33 am

A report from international advocacy group Oxfam says poultry workers in the United States labor in a "climate of fear," with some forced to wear diapers on the job.

Tyson Foods Sets July Closing for Wisconsin Pepperoni Plant

by Associated Press 5/10/2016 09:24 am

Tyson has notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that the Jefferson plant will close its doors on July 9.

Value of Post-Secondary Credentials (Brett Powell Commentary)

by Brett Powell 5/9/2016 07:00 am

We often see national data showing that bachelor's degree holders earn as much as $1 million more over a lifetime than those with a high school diploma. Does this earnings premium also occur in Arkansas?

Those Meddling Kids (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/9/2016 12:00 am

Despite having daunting expenses, younger consumers seem less impressed with getting the lowest possible price. Instead, millennials are picky about what they spend money on.

SIG Sauer Finalizes Plans to Move to Jacksonville

by Sarah Campbell 5/4/2016 11:23 am

SIG Sauer Inc. plans to move its Elite Performance Ammunition manufacturing operation to Jacksonville.

International Paper to Buy 7 Pulp Mills from Weyerhaeuser

by Associated Press 5/2/2016 11:35 am

International Paper said it is paying $2.2 billion to buy seven mills from Weyerhaeuser that make pulp used in diapers, tissues and other consumer products.

Midwest Economic Survey Index Figure Drops After 3 Increases

by Associated Press 5/2/2016 07:18 am

Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have dropped slightly after rising for three months, but they still point to economic growth.

Cajun Cajoling Adds Fuel to Energy Security Speculation

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Although Energy Security Partners CEO Roger D. Williams has said that “all indications are that Jefferson County will be our home,” he also hasn't expressly ruled out other sites, either.

Hanna's Candle Gets Burned in Court Judgment

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Last week, Bank of America received a final judgment totaling $6.2 million against Hanna's Candle Co. of Fayetteville, its owner, Burt Hanna, and two of his limited liability companies.

After Oh Baby Sale, It's Back to Basics for Fran Free

by Marty Cook 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Fran Free is enjoying life after selling her Oh Baby Foods brand to Blackhive Corp. of Fayetteville for an undisclosed amount this past winter.

Designer Jamie Davidson's Strong Suit? Vision

by Jan Cottingham 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Jamie Davidson, the founder of Little Rock clothing company Strong Suit, is ready to take on the next retailing frontier: the millennial customer.