Manufacturing Archive

After Ray Dillon's $3M Exit, Deltic Timber Seeks a CEO

by Kyle Massey 11/14/2016 12:00 am

In the month since Ray C. Dillon retired as CEO of Deltic Timber Corp. — a departure seen as surprising and sudden — he and officers of the El Dorado company have had little to say about the transition.

General Cable Could Shut Down Before Clean Line Construction Begins

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/14/2016 12:00 am

Though Clean Line Partners has had a deal since 2011 to buy conductor cable for its planned statewide high line from the General Cable Corp. factory in Malvern, plans have been in the works for at least nine months to consolidate the facility with one in Texas.

Pebble Peak Ridge in Hot Springs Sold for $5.8 Million

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/14/2016 12:00 am

A portfolio of duplexes in Hot Springs, undeveloped commercial land in Benton, elbow room for a Benton congregation, a Little Rock mansion and a cold storage facility in North Little Rock provide this week's five-count of million-dollar transactions.

Medical Marijuana: A Fact of Life for Arkansas Employers (Stuart Jackson Commentary)

by Stuart Jackson 11/10/2016 09:57 am

Arkansas is the latest of many states to allow medical marijuana. What does the new law do, and how will it play out in the Arkansas workplace?

Wal-Mart Sued Over Sale of Fake 'Egyptian Cotton' Linen

by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters 11/9/2016 10:33 am

Wal-Mart was sued on Tuesday on behalf of consumers who said the world's largest retailer sold products falsely labeled "100 % Egyptian Cotton" from an Indian textile company for many years after it first became suspicious of their origin.

Domtar Mill at Ashdown Takes on $160M Conversion

by Jim Williamson, Texarkana Gazette 11/7/2016 07:17 am

The evolution of paper production continues at Domtar's Ashdown mill, with a recent, $160 million project to convert a paper machine to a fluff pulp machine.

State Says LM Wind Power Owes Taxes

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/7/2016 12:00 am

LM Wind Power Blades Inc. was slapped with a hefty lien by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, which collects unemployment taxes.

Issue 3, Jobs for Arkansas: It's Local (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 11/2/2016 02:03 pm

Randy Zook says Issue 3 will arm Arkansas cities and towns — no matter the size — with the tools needed to effectively compete for jobs.

Dry Spell for Fort Smith Brewing Set To End

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/31/2016 12:00 am

If the permits come through and everything falls into place, Fort Smith Brewing Co. should be up and running next year — the earlier the better, as far as Brooke Elder is concerned.

Transport Firms Turn to Independent Drivers To Reduce Expenses

by Marty Cook 10/31/2016 12:00 am

The modern days of owner-operator drivers may be different from the good old days, when a driver bought his own truck and hired himself out to anyone who needed a load delivered. The expense of equipment, maintenance and fuel has made trucking a hard road for most pure independents.

Higher Lumber Prices Continue To Boost Deltic Timber Profit

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2016 04:42 pm

Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado on Wednesday announced net income of $1.5 million, or 12 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2016 compared with $100,000 for the third quarter of 2015.

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.

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