Manufacturing Archive

Matt Crafton of Crafton Tull on Why Construction Clients Shouldn't 'Coast' Along

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Matt Crafton, 47, is the CEO of Crafton Tull, the civil engineering and landscape architecture firm that his father, Bob, co-founded with Lem Tull in 1963. Crafton Tull is the state's fifth-largest engineering firm, with offices in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Southwind Milling in Pine Bluff Gets New Partner, $9M for Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2015 04:18 pm

Optimum Group, which is building a $32 million rice mill at the Port of Pine Bluff, has taken on a new partner, injecting $9 million into an expansion of the project.

NLR Manufacturer Files for Chapter 11

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2015 12:00 am

O.D. Funk Manufacturing Inc. of North Little Rock, which has been in business since 1976, has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization.

Ozark Mountain Poultry of Rogers Doing Chicken Its Way

by Marty Cook 4/13/2015 12:00 am

OMP has established itself as a leader in a niche market, namely antibiotic-free chicken that isn't raised in cages or fed animal byproducts.

Quarterly Business Analysis Luncheon Set for May 8 in Fayetteville

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/9/2015 11:49 am

Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, will present her regular Quarterly Business Analysis as a luncheon on Friday, May 8.

Ex-Im Bank Chair: We're Here to Level Playing Field

by Mark Carter 4/8/2015 09:32 am

In Little Rock Tuesday to speak at the Clinton School of Public Service and tour the Power Technology Inc. laser manufacturing facility in Alexander, U.S. Export-Import Bank chairman Fred Hochberg insisted his job is to level the playing field for American exporters, big and small.

Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Mark Carter 4/7/2015 09:36 am

The index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity in Arkansas cities. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

Chinese Manufacturer Countersues Rogers Executives

by Marty Cook 4/6/2015 03:06 pm

Sales Chief Ent. (Hong Kong) Co. LTD has filed a countersuit alleging Redman & Associates CEO Mel Redman and President Rodney Redman committed fraud and defamation.

HR Director Michele Burns on the Soft Skills Employers Want

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Michele Burns is the state director for the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management and is the director of classification and compensation with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Galley Support Innovations Announces Sherwood Expansion

by Mark Carter 4/2/2015 03:24 pm

Galley Support Innovations Inc. of Sherwood announced Thursday that it completed a 3,800-SF expansion and plans to add another 21,000-SF on property adjacent to its Manson Road headquarters.

Enviro Tech Dedicates Helena-West Helena Plant

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/31/2015 11:43 am

Enviro Tech Chemical Services on Tuesday dedicated its plant at the Helena Harbor in Helena-West Helena, saying it hopes to have 80 workers in place there by the end of the year.

Power Technology's Illumina Laser Projection System on Full Display

by Mark Carter 3/30/2015 01:31 pm

The Illumina laser projection system from Power Technology Inc. of Alexander represents a potential win-win for movie-goers and theater owners, and that double score was on full display Monday at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock's River Market District.

Bean Lumber Case Closed Over 'Failure To Communicate'

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

U.S. District Judge James Moody Jr. recently tossed out a case that Grady Bean, CEO of the defunct Bean Lumber Co. of Glenwood, and his company filed back in 2013 because of Bean's “failure to communicate,” according to Moody's order.

Arkansas Labor Force Rises by 9,000

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

As the unemployment rate in Arkansas is falling the size of the labor force is increasing, as these charts by Michael Pakko, the state's economic forecaster, show.

Today Is Final Day for Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2015 11:49 am

Today is the final day for readers to make nominations for Arkansas Business' annual 40 Under 40 feature.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.5 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2015 09:47 am

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in February, down a tenth of a percentage point from January, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Asa Hutchinson Names Mike Preston as New AEDC Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/26/2015 10:58 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced Mike Preston as the new executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Arkansas Personal Income Up 3 Percent in 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/25/2015 10:41 am

Arkansas' state personal income rose 3.1 percent in 2014, according to the latest report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Little Rock Burgundy Book Shows Optimism

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/24/2015 02:51 pm

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' latest Burgundy Book showed "improving optimism" in the Fed district's Little Rock Zone, which includes all but the northeast part of the state.

Arkansas State University to Hold Women's Business Leadership Conference April 2

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 02:41 pm

Arkansas State University in Jonesboro is holding a Women's Business Leadership Conference on April 2 in Centennial Hall at the Carl R. Reng Student Union and at the Delta Center for Economic Development.