Manufacturing Archive

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.

Allied Wireless Trio Joins Portable Kitchens Inc.

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/17/2014 10:37 am

Portable Kitchens Inc. of Little Rock, which makes PK Grills, says Jeff Humiston, Scott Moody, Brian Taylor and Martha James have joined its ownership group.

Pay Tops $1 Million For Seven on Highest-paid Nonprofit Employees List

by Gwen Moritz 6/16/2014 12:00 am

Seven nonprofit employees in Arkansas who earned more than $1 million in the 2012 tax year are either medical doctors or hospital administrators, as are the vast majority of the 262 nonprofit employees whose compensation exceeding $215,000 is reported in this issue.

Diamond Bear's Arkansas Alehouse One Step on the Growth Path

by Jan Cottingham 6/16/2014 12:00 am

Last Thursday, Diamond Bear Brewing Co. opened its Arkansas Alehouse restaurant, allowing owner and President Russ Melton to prove his theory: retail complements production, alehouse complements brewhouse.

James Lee Witt: Develop More Jobs Through Public-Private Partnerships

by Mark Carter 6/12/2014 03:31 pm

James Lee Witt on Thursday released a jobs plan focused on creating public-private training partnerships.

Diamond Bear Brewing Co.'s Arkansas Alehouse Now Open

by Lee Hogan 6/12/2014 03:17 pm

Diamond Bear Brewing Co. has officially opened its new restaurant, Arkansas Alehouse, at the site of its new headquarters at 600 N. Broadway in North Little Rock.

API Launches Oil, Gas Jobs Site

by Lee Hogan 6/12/2014 11:02 am

With the expansion of energy production in the United States and a large pool of workers nearing retirement age, the American Petroleum Institute has created a website to link workers and potential workers with jobs, education, training and certification opportunities.

TrinityRail Buys Nordex Plant, Plans 350 Jobs

by Lance Turner 6/5/2014 03:51 pm

TrinityRail Maintenance Services Inc. has purchased the former Nordex manufacturing plant in Jonesboro and plans to use it to provide railcar maintenance and services.

Mondi Group Buys Paper Business Including Pine Bluff Plant

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/5/2014 09:25 am

A South African firm said Wednesday that it has acquired the bags and kraft paper business of Graphic Packaging International Inc. for $105 million. Mondi Group's purchase includes the integrated kraft paper mill in Pine Bluff.

Simmons First Seeks Foreclosure on Funk

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/2/2014 12:00 am

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff has filed suit against a local manufacturer for some unpaid loans. According to the suit, filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, the defendant is O.D. Funk Manufacturing Inc., a company that builds outdoor metal buildings like storage sheds and carports.

Four Join List of 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas

by Gwen Moritz 5/26/2014 12:00 am

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $31.15 billion in their most recent fiscal years, and the price of entry to the list was $88.8 million.

Manufacturers See Improved Revenue

by George Waldon 5/26/2014 12:00 am

Sales gains were prevalent among manufacturing concerns on this year's list of 75 largest private companies. Four of the five Arkansas manufacturing firms reported improved revenue for 2013.

Your Brain on Lists (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/26/2014 12:00 am

There is something in the human brain that likes to see data organized in lists. In our newsroom, we know that our weekly lists are primarily used for sales leads — that's a service to our audience that we are happy to perform.

I've Got a Tip for You (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/26/2014 12:00 am

Every other year since 2000, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners has issued a big, thick study that it calls, ominously, “Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud.” The eighth Report to the Nations was released this month, and it came to the same conclusion as earlier ones: A typical organization loses 5 percent of revenue each year to fraud.

Incoming LR Port Director Bryan Day on Its Role Keeping the Economy Afloat

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/26/2014 12:00 am

Bryan Day will assume the executive director's position at the Little Rock Port on June 23. He succeeds Paul Latture, who had been in the position since 1999 and announced his retirement earlier this year.

Export Awards Honor Arkansas Steel, Triangle Engineering, SweepScrub, Harris International, POM

by Mark Carter 5/22/2014 02:11 pm

Five Arkansas companies that do business overseas were honored at the fifth annual Governor's Award for Excellence in Global Trade awards luncheon.

Alliance Rubber to Spend $600K, Add 15 Jobs in Hot Springs Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/21/2014 02:50 pm

Alliance Rubber Co. of Hot Springs says it will invest $600,000 to expand its headquarters and hire for 15 new positions, bringing total employment to 166. As part of the expansion, Alliance will purchase a new digital printer to help it be more efficient, produce new products and grow its customer base.