Manufacturing Archive

Employers Turning to Two-Year Community Colleges for Workforce Training Needs

by Marty Cook 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Workforce development has become a popular issue as industry leaders have said they have a hard time finding enough quality workers to fill their needs. It's a renewed focus of groups like the Northwest Arkansas Council, which recently announced a three-year plan to strengthen the area's workforce development and the ties between employers and schools.

Fort Smith Keeps Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 08:45 am

Fort Smith retained the top spot in the latest Arkansas Tech Business Index, released Wednesday. It has led the index in 10 of the 14 months Tech has produced the ATBI.

Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 10:48 am

Tickets are available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders.

Small Package. Big Idea. (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Five current trends in packaging in soft drinks may be measuring up for shoppers. You no doubt have noticed a relatively new Coca-Cola can, much smaller than the 12-ounce package. That's the size consumers became used to as the result of a 1955 test-market program for export to American military personnel stationed overseas.

Arkansas Northeastern College of Blytheville Starts $13M Construction Project

by Mark Friedman 5/4/2015 12:00 am

The center will be about 85,000 SF and combine three of the school's existing centers: the Harry L. Crisp Center, the Burdette Center and the Aircraft & Metals Engineering Center. The Crisp Center is for customized industrial training, which provides training for companies. Some of the training is for college credit and some isn't, Shemwell said.

National Gross Domestic Product Increases 2.4 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Real gross domestic product in the United States rose 2.4 percent last year compared with the previous year. Expanding were the private goods and private services sectors, while the government sector declined.

Consolidation Pares Roster of Arkansas Banks

by Gwen Moritz 5/4/2015 12:00 am

2014 started with 120 separate banks chartered in Arkansas and ended with 109. Two have become inactive in 2015.

Leaders Deem AMS Innovation Summit A Success, Seek More Events

by Mark Carter 5/1/2015 10:27 am

Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions director Dan Curtis and Innovation Hub director Warwick Sabin said they would like to partner on more events like the Arkansas Manufacturing Innovation Summit.

First Arkansas Manufacturing Innovation Summit Underway at Hub

by Mark Carter 4/29/2015 10:46 am

The first Arkansas Manufacturing Innovation Summit is taking place at the Innovation Hub in downtown North Little Rock, as business leaders from across the state meet to discuss ways to infuse innovation into the state's manufacturing industry.

Innovation Hub Receives $1M EDA Grant for Argenta Center

by Mark Carter 4/27/2015 02:25 pm

The nonprofit Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub has received a $1 million federal grant to complete renovation of its Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock, it announced Monday.

Thomas Schueck Receives Rector Memorial Award for Distinguished Civic Achievement

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/27/2015 12:00 am

Thomas B. Schueck, president and CEO of Lexicon Inc. of Little Rock, was recently presented with the 2014 William F. Rector Memorial Award for Distinguished Civic Achievement from Fifty for the Future, a civic organization of Pulaski County business leaders.

Transportation, Retail Companies Hoping to Keep Up With Supply Chain

by Marty Cook 4/27/2015 12:00 am

Supply chain dynamics don't often get big laughs, but it wasn't a tough crowd last week at the Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.

How America's Middle Class Has Shrunk Since 2000

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/27/2015 12:00 am

The struggles of middle-class American families and growing income inequality have risen to the top of the national agenda.

2 AERT Executives See Salary Raises in 2014

by Marty Cook 4/24/2015 10:24 am

Two executives at Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. of Springdale, received compensation increases in 2014 according to the company's annual proxy.

Arkansas State, Harding Teams Take Top Awards at DWR Governor's Cup

by Mark Carter 4/22/2015 02:54 pm

Teams from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and Harding University in Searcy took top honors at the 2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business-plan competition awards.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.6 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2015 09:53 am

The state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.6 percent in March, reflecting a revised rate for February. According to DWS, the state's civilian labor force rose by 4,900 from January to February, a result of 5,800 more employed and 900 fewer unemployed Arkansans.

Deltic Timber 1Q Net Income Down 61 Percent on Weather, Plant Fire

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/20/2015 03:31 pm

Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado reports first-quarter preliminary net income fell 61 percent to $1.9 million, or 15 cents per share, amid bad winter weather and a fire at one of its plants.

Oxane Materials Facing More Heat from Lawsuits

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

Oxane Materials of Houston is facing another lawsuit in Arkansas. Thermal Specialties Construction Services LLC of Tulsa has filed suit in Crawford County Circuit Court, alleging that it wasn't paid for work it performed for Oxane.

Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

by George Waldon 4/20/2015 12:00 am

In general, 2014 was a year of increase among the biggest general contractors in Arkansas. Eighteen out of 32 firms that reported updated revenue figures for the largest commercial contractors list recorded year-over-year gains.

PTI Beaming Over Potential Laser-like Growth

by Sean Beherec 4/20/2015 12:00 am

The launch and demonstration of a new laser technology by Power Technology Inc. of Alexander at the Ron Robinson Theater last month is expected to play an important role in the company's future growth, one of its executives said in an interview.

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