Manufacturing Archive

ASTA's Tim Atkinson Sees Higher Education Meeting Hi-Tech in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Tim Atkinson was appointed president of the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority in 2013 after years of helping scientists find funding for their work.

Gander Mountain Draws $7.2 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/9/2015 12:00 am

The sale of a 123,872-SF store in Sherwood tipped the scales at $7.2 million. A 25,000-SF office-warehouse facility in North Little Rock weighed in at $2.19 million. And the location for a convenience store development in west Little Rock was assembled in two deals totaling $2.1 million.

Innovations Boost Water Conservation, Financial Savings

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

To be sure, the state's soil is tailor-made to grow rice, cotton, soybeans, corn and sorghum, but it is producers' ability to irrigate the vast majority of the state's farm acreage that helps guarantee a decent crop in even the worst drought years. When corn and soybean fields are withering in Iowa, Indiana and Missouri, Arkansas' crop thrives as irrigation systems provide a boost when necessary.

Getting The Bugs Out Of Hardwood's Comeback

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

After historically low prices kept loggers from removing hardwoods from Arkansas forests for many years, something of a hardwood rebirth began recently. However, at least one timber expert has predicted that market pressures may reverse that trend soon. A significant threat to the industry, however, is an old one — insect infestation.

Nine Billionaires with Arkansas Ties Make Forbes 500 List

by Mark Carter 3/2/2015 10:33 am

Nine billionaires with Arkansas ties find themselves on the most recent Forbes 500 list of the world's richest people, released this week.

Central Arkansas Industrial Vacancy Rate Slips

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for industrial space in central Arkansas fell slightly in fourth-quarter 2014, slipping to 11.6 percent compared with 11.7 percent in the third quarter and 11.8 percent in fourth-quarter 2013.

Banded Brands Hear Call to Springdale

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Chuck Browning, CEO of Banded Holdings Inc. of Fayetteville, says part of a recent $10 million investment includes buying the Banded Brands license from Maxx Outdoors of Council Bluffs, Iowa. The price paid for the license wasn't publicly disclosed, but some of the money raised went for working capital and inventory, Browning said.

Aerospace Industry Works To Get Word Out

by Marty Cook 3/2/2015 12:00 am

The seventh annual Arkansas Aerospace Summit will be held March 10-11 at the Crowne Plaza in Little Rock. It is being hosted by the Arkansas Aerospace & Defense Alliance, a group of aerospace companies that was formed in 2012.

Beer Tourism Contributing to Growth in Industry

by Sean Beherec 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Tourism officials around the state are banking on growing interest in craft beers, leveraging the brewing industry's popularity to draw business to breweries and to the state's other attractions.

Cameron Smith, Karen Fetzer Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2015 05:14 am

Cameron Smith of Cameron Smith Associates of Rogers and Karen Fetzer of the Rotary Club of Little Rock won executive of the year awards at Thursday's 27th annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Meet the Finalists of the 27th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2015 11:37 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.

Deltic Timber 4Q Net Income Up 52 Percent

by Lance Turner 2/25/2015 03:38 pm

Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $3.5 million, up 52 percent from the same quarter last year amid increases in residential lot sales.

Redman & Associates Adds Details to Claims Against Chinese Toy Maker

by Marty Cook 2/19/2015 02:08 pm

A Rogers vendor has alleged that a Chinese toy manufacturer cost it a $70 million contract with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville.

Power Technology Receives $100k from ASTA to Develop Laser Projection System

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2015 03:12 pm

Power Technology Inc. of Alexander has developed a laser projection technology called Illumina that it believes can replace traditional movie projection systems. The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority has invested $100,000 in the technology.

Tyson Grant to Support Retention and Graduation of Underrepresented Students at UA

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/12/2015 09:13 am

Tyson Foods Inc. has awarded a $120,000 grant to the University of Arkansas to retain and ultimately graduate underrepresented juniors and seniors majoring in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business technology, food science and agricultural fields.

5 to Be Inducted Into Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/11/2015 10:42 am

Five Arkansans will be inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame in a ceremony on March 6, the Arkansas Farm Bureau has announced.

Labor Force Dropped in Central Arkansas Since 2007

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 12:00 am

The labor force fell 1.9 percent in central Arkansas from 2007 to 2014, though the population grew 7.3 percent, according to planning agency Metroplan.

NWA Job Market Calling for Soft Skills

by Marty Cook 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Mike Harvey, the COO of the Northwest Arkansas Council, says job growth in the area is impressive but work has to be done to help today's students prepare for tomorrow's jobs. It's a sentiment echoed by other experts in the economic field.

Entergy Arkansas Elevates Three to Economic Development Team (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Clarissa McWherter, Chris Murphy and Russell Harris have joined Entergy Arkansas in Little Rock as members of the economic development team.

Mountain Pure Liquidates In $6 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/2/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas assets of Mountain Pure Water changed hands in a $6 million foreclosure sale. Land for future expansion in North Little Rock weighed in at $1.22 million. And a 2,647-SF bank branch in midtown Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.18 million.