Manufacturing Archive

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.

For Fairness (Editorial)

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

We support the proposal before the Little Rock Board of Directors that would forbid discrimination against city workers, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Foam Home Advocates Tout Energy Efficiency, Strength, Fire Resistance

by Marty Cook 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Foam homes have their believers. Now those believers are doing their best to convince others of the virtues of foam homes. The technique uses the foam — EPS — in combination with a steel frame that advocates say make a home airtight, flame-resistant and termite-free.

Widespread Growth Seen in Northwest Arkansas

by Charles S. Gascon and Michael A. Varley 4/20/2015 12:00 am

When Sam Walton opened in 1950 the dime store in Bentonville, to say the area was sparsely populated would be an understatement. Today, these environs have grown so much that they comprise their own metropolitan statistical area.

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.

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