Manufacturing Archive

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.

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.

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.

US Employment, Earnings Gains Rose in March

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

The U.S. economy continued to rebound in March, as private-sector employment and average hourly earnings rose.

Video: Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Jobs at Sun Paper, Mercy Northwest, GW Communication & Sprint

by Lance Turner 4/29/2016 04:07 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson talks to reporters at the Little Rock Regional Chamber about this week's array of job announcements, the legislative session and new leadership at the Little Rock School District.

Walnut Ridge, Others See Development Boost from I-57 Designation

by George Jared 4/29/2016 08:52 am

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp says designating U.S. 67 from North Little Rock to Walnut Ridge as the future Interstate 57 is "going to open a lot of doors" for northeast Arkansas. U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., introduced a provision for the designation in the 2017 federal transportation budget bill.

ArcBest Swings to $6M 1Q Loss, Cites 'Sluggish' Manufacturing

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/29/2016 07:38 am

ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith on Friday reported a first-quarter net loss of $6.1 million, or 24 cents per share, down from net income of $700,000, or 3 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

Update: Sun Paper of China Picks Clark County for $1.3B Pulp Mill

by Gwen Moritz and Lance Turner 4/26/2016 09:57 am

Shandong Sun Paper Industry of China has selected Arkadelphia (Clark County) for a pulp mill plant that will cost between $1 billion and $1.3 billion to build, employ 250 people directly and have an economic impact of up to $100 million a year in the timberlands of south Arkansas.

Deltic Reports Drop in 1Q Net Income

by Jan Cottingham 4/25/2016 04:08 pm

Deltic Timber Corp. on Monday announced net income of $400,000 in the first quarter of 2016 compared with $1.9 million for the first quarter of 2015.

Energy Security Partners CEO Says Fuel Plant 'Not a Risky Project'

by Kyle Massey 4/25/2016 12:00 am

Tell Roger Williams that a multibillion-dollar plant for turning natural gas into liquid fuel near Pine Bluff sounds too good to be true, and he'll turn to history, engineering and finance to argue it's too good not to be.

Energy Security Partners Land Dealings Began in 2015

by Kyle Massey 4/25/2016 12:00 am

In pursuing plans for a natural gas-to-liquid fuel production facility, Energy Security Partners of Little Rock spent more than a year securing the land for its likely plant site in northern Jefferson County.