Manufacturing Archive

Lessons Learned (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/21/2014 12:00 am

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).

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

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.

Mark Pryor Holds Manufacturing Summit in Little Rock

by Lee Hogan 7/18/2014 12:41 pm

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.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.2 Percent But Labor Force Smaller

by Lee Hogan 7/18/2014 09:42 am

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.

Family Tree Thrives at Horton's Orthotics & Prosthetics

by Jan Cottingham 7/14/2014 12:00 am

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.”

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

by Marty Cook 7/14/2014 12:00 am

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.

Springdale Warehouse Has New Lease in the Bag

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

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.

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

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.

Fayetteville's APEI Earns R&D 100 'Oscar of Innovation'

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/11/2014 03:49 pm

The R&D 100 is a prestigious list of the world's top 100 tech-based product innovations included each year in R&D Magazine. The R&D 100 is known as the "Oscars of Innovation" and past award winners have included the flashcube, ATM, fax machine and HDTV.

EPA's Clean Power Plan Fuels Carbon Debate

by Marty Cook 7/7/2014 12:00 am

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan. Environmentalists and power companies have split opinions on the agency's goals.

Little Rock Zone MSAs See Modest Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Employment grew modestly in the first quarter of 2014 in the Little Rock zone, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Little Rock zone includes all of Arkansas except the northeast.

No Daily Report, E-newsletters on Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/3/2014 10:01 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Friday, the Fourth of July. Arkansas Business Publishing Group offices will be closed Friday as well, reopening on Monday. ABPG wishes everyone a happy Fourth.

ArcBest Moves Up 38 Spots in Fortune 1000

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/2/2014 02:32 pm

ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith, formerly known as Arkansas Best Corp. and parent company to ABF Freight and other related businesses, has moved up in the Fortune 1000.

Tyson Foods Moving Forward with Hillshire Deal

by Marty Cook 7/2/2014 09:34 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale announced Wednesday it had signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago for approximately $8.55 billion.

Big River Closes Financing for Steel Mill

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/1/2014 09:09 am

A formal groundbreaking ceremony will be held later this summer. Big River plans to employ more than 500 workers at an average annual salary of $75,000.

Revised Figures Show Improved Rate for Arkansas Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

A government report earlier this month on gross domestic product included revised figures that affected data on Arkansas' growth rate back to 1997, according to Michael Pakko, the state economic forecaster.

Judge Jolts Electric Supplier in Noncompete Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Not only did U.S. District Court Judge Billy Roy Wilson recently rule in favor of a group of workers who were sued for quitting their jobs to join a competitor, but he awarded the lawyers who represented them attorneys' fees and costs in the case.

Burgundy Book: Slight Economic Improvement in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 6/24/2014 09:07 am

According to a May survey of business leaders in the state, the near-term outlook for the Little Rock zone improved slightly.

GDP in U.S. Grows 1.8% in 2013, Arkansas Sees 2.4% Rise

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 12:00 am

Real gross domestic product grew 1.8 percent in the United States last year, a slowdown when compared with 2012, when GDP rose 2.5 percent.

Arkansas Business Presents the 40 Under Forty Class of 2014

by Gwen Moritz 6/23/2014 12:00 am

This week, Arkansas Business presents its 21st class of 40 Under 40 honorees. This year's honorees represent our state's geography — Pine Bluff, England, Jonesboro, Conway, Fort Smith, Rogers — and the diversity of our business community — farming, finance, medicine, academia, nonprofits.