Manufacturing Archive

Fort Smith Foam Plant to Add 100 Workers

by Lance Turner 10/25/2016 11:31 am

Elite Comfort Solutions of Newnan, Georgia, announced Tuesday that it will expand its Fort Smith plant, adding 100 jobs.

Site Selector: Arkansas' Strong Economic Development Teams An Asset

by Alexis Crowe 10/24/2016 10:29 am

Phil Schneider is the board chair of the Site Selectors Guild and has been in the industry for more than 30 years. The guild is meeting in Little Rock this week.

Companies Relying on Training Programs To Supply Candidates

by Marty Cook 10/24/2016 12:00 am

Tech, health care and manufacturing executives say they have all run into the same sort of problem: finding employable candidates for the open jobs they have.

Online Recruitment Works If Done Correctly, Experts Say

by Sarah Campbell 10/24/2016 12:00 am

Automated job-match programs — like Monster, Indeed, Glassdoor, Career Builder, Dice and the state-run Arkansas JobLink — are still useful, but experts say employers have to use them smartly to get the best results.

Signs of the Times (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/24/2016 12:00 am

Most of us who have been in the workplace for a while have encountered the most frustrating kind of co-worker: the one whose hard skills are good, or good enough, but whose soft skills create tension.

No Surprise: Higher Pay Helps Attract, Retain Employees

by Mark Friedman 10/24/2016 12:00 am

All industries, from health care to manufacturing, have faced a shortage of workers. Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, says increasing pay would be the first action she would suggest when companies can't find the right workers to fill positions.

Employers Seek Hires With Soft Abilities Like Attitude, Teamwork

by Kyle Massey 10/24/2016 12:00 am

“Skills gap” discussions often pivot on abilities or qualifications that employers find in short supply, but broader communication and human interaction traits are more likely to determine success or failure on the job, human resources experts say.

Gurdon Girding for More Bank Competition

by George Waldon 10/24/2016 12:00 am

The competitive field of banks in southern Clark County could triple in the near future. Bank of Delight (Pike County) has opened a branch in Gurdon, and Southern Bancorp Bank of Arkadelphia intends to open operations there.

Arkansas Unemployment Rises to 4 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/21/2016 09:23 am

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point, from 3.9 percent in August to 4 percent in September.

Chinese Firm Agrees to Put Garment Plant in Little Rock, Employ 400

by Lance Turner 10/20/2016 10:34 am

A Chinese company that makes clothing for Adidas and other brands has agreed to put a garment plant in Little Rock, investing $20 million and employing 400 people.

In Little Rock, Chase Economist Finds Economic Recovery Going Well

by Sarah Campbell 10/20/2016 10:29 am

"We're not in crisis; we're getting back on our feet," economist Jim Glassman told business professionals Wednesday at an economic outlook luncheon.

Innovation Hub to Host Makers Summit on Thursday

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/17/2016 11:18 am

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub of North Little Rock, which is now part of Winrock International, will host its first Makers Summit on Thursday in support of the White House's Nation of Makers,

Morrilton Company Shows Claws in Trademark Lawsuit Against Big Lots

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/17/2016 12:00 am

A Morrilton pet supply company has its fur standing on end after seeing a cat scratcher for sale at Big Lots Stores Inc.

Maumelle Townhomes Attract $8.5M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/17/2016 12:00 am

EIIC LLC, led by Jean Eiler, purchased 61 townhomes in The Villas at Audubon near the northwest corner of Audubon and Club Manor drives.

Todd Hillman of MISO on Keeping Arkansas Within Balance of Power

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/17/2016 12:00 am

Todd Hillman is the vice president of Midcontinent Independent System Operator's south region, the company which took over the electricity transmission of Entergy Corp. in Arkansas in 2011.

Asa Hutchinson to Promote Rice, Poultry on China Trip

by Lance Turner 10/13/2016 11:54 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will travel to China to meet with existing and prospective business contacts and with government officials about opening the country to Arkansas rice and poultry.

GE to Buy LM Wind Power for $1.65B

by Lance Turner 10/11/2016 11:10 am

General Electric of Boston said Tuesday that it will purchase LM Wind Power, the Denmark manufacturer and supplier of rotor blades to the wind industry, for $1.65 billion.

Tyson Foods Buys Ownership Stake in Beyond Meat

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/10/2016 04:59 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale has taken a 5 percent ownership stake in plant-based protein producer Beyond Meat, both companies announced Monday.

Pernod Ricard to Bottle Malibu Rum in Fort Smith

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/10/2016 11:39 am

Pernod Ricard USA of New York says it will expand its Fort Smith production facility in order to bottle its Malibu Rum brand sold to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville.

Little Rock's Metrocentre Mall District Begins Dissolution Process

by George Waldon 10/10/2016 12:00 am

Property owners in downtown Little Rock's Metrocentre Improvement District No. 1 are finally getting a break from decades of shouldering $12.5 million of debt.