Manufacturing Archive

Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 09:46 am

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated.

Therma-Flite Planning $1.6 Million Expansion

by Luke Jones 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Therma-Flite of Benicia, Calif., is planning for an expansion of its El Dorado facility that's expected to cost up to $1.6 million.

AERT to Pay $44K Fine In Fatal Fire

by Marty Cook 4/9/2014 10:43 am

Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies of Springdale agreed to pay fines of $44,000 for violations related to a fatal fire in July.

Rockline Industries Announces Plans for Russellville Plant

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 10:16 am

Rockline Industries buys a 240,000-SF facility on 30 acres in Russellville to meet demand for its private label products.

Jobless Rates Fall in All Arkansas Metros

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 09:11 am

Unemployment rates dropped year over year in all seven Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to data released Wednesday.

Lawmaker Jane English Helps Spur Workforce Training Reform

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

State Sen. Jane English has no use for the private option, the Medicaid expansion providing health insurance to the poor. But the Republican lawmaker from North Little Rock saw an opportunity and took it, and what began as an old-fashioned political horse trade — you get my vote, I get something for my constituents — appears likely to evolve into a governor-backed legislative package that next year will seek to transform workforce training in Arkansas.

Changing Face of Manufacturing Leads to Skills Gap, Job Opportunities

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

For those half-empty-glass people, the increasing use of advanced technology — think robotics, lasers and computers — in manufacturing has led to a "skills gap" that makes finding capable employees challenging. For you half-full-glass folks, the increasing use of advanced technology in manufacturing means that job opportunities exist for those with the right abilities.

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones.

Government, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods Remain Atop Largest Arkansas Employers List

by Marty Cook 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The names of Arkansas' largest employers remain mostly unchanged from a year ago — and every year. State government is still atop the list with nearly 57,000 employees.

Arkansas Sees 2.2% Rise in State Personal Income

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Average state personal income in the U.S. grew 2.6 percent in 2013, a decline from the 4.2 percent of 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Apple Car: A Ripening Idea (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The Tesla Model S electric car costs $70,000. The Apple iPhone 5s costs from $199 to $399, depending on the gigabyte storage. But they both use lithium-ion batteries. And that may be the common denominator linking the two companies.

Mountain Valley Spring Water IPO Plans Go Dry

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Though Mountain Valley Spring Water of Hot Springs was acquired last month, its plans for an initial public stock offering are officially off the table.

UPDATE: Canadian Firm Buys Two Arkansas Lumber Companies

by Jan Cottingham 4/4/2014 10:55 am

Canadian firm West Fraser Timber has bought two Arkansas sawmill and lumber manufacturing operations: Travis Lumber Co. of Mansfield and Bibler Brothers Lumber of Russellville.

UA Receives $7.8M for College of Engineering

by Mark Carter 3/31/2014 09:32 am

The University of Arkansas announces an estate gift valued at more than $7.8 million to its College of Engineering from alumnus Robert H. Biggadike.

NanoMech Starts Work on New $10M Headquarters

by Mark Carter 3/31/2014 09:00 am

The new building, expected to be complete by September, will adjoin the company's existing facility on a recently expanded 9-acre corporate campus. An initial production facility will be ready by July, the company said.

Flashbacks of Arkansas Business' First 30 Years (Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

To celebrate Arkansas Business' 30th anniversary, the staff decided to pull out and reprint some of the stories that we felt were the most important, the most interesting and the most fun. Arkansas Business is still reporting on the state economic scene with business executives as its readership, sticking to its mission of providing the revealing, memorable and important business news available in Arkansas.

Oily Deals: Pattern Emerging in Questionable Arkoma Gas Transactions

by Wythe Walker Jr. and David F. Kern 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Jerry Jones has always pleaded innocent in the controversial 1982 Arkla-Arkoma gas deal, a deal worth at least $174.8 million when the final numbers were tallied last fall. This January, a ratepayers' class-action suit declared the deal an insider's rip-off for Arkansas gas consumers who got stuck with an $80 million overcharge bill that went straight into Jones' bulging bank account.

Despite Name, Arkansas Casino Corp. Operator Closely Tied to Texas, Idaho

by Michael Whiteley and Mark Friedman 3/31/2014 12:00 am

As an officer of Arkansas Casino Corp., the Dallas civil trial attorney feared that what happened in 1998 would happen again. That year, the company failed to round up enough signatures to put an initiative before the voters that would allow it to operate six casinos in Arkansas as well as pave the way for a state-run lottery and legalize charitable bingo.

Andrew Kilgore: Portraits in Black and White

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Beginning with the last issue of 1984 and continuing into 1988, Andrew Kilgore photographed business legends and up-and-comers for the cover of Arkansas Business.

Former Theater Owner Tony Rand, Five Sons Guilty of $110 Million in Scams

by George Waldon 3/31/2014 12:00 am

A nearly seven-year stretch in prison apparently served only to inspire a vastly larger interstate scheme from Texas. This gambit involved Tony Rand, now 70, and his five sons swindling hundreds of oil and gas investors of more than $110 million. Some suspect their schemes at times resembled a plot line in a zany 1968 movie “The Producers.”