Manufacturing Archive

Southwest Steel to Add 100 Workers, Invest $18M in Newport

by Lance Turner 6/1/2015 10:05 am

Southwest Steel Processing said Monday that it will invest $18 million in its Newport parts plant and hire 100 workers there over the next two years.

Pratt & Whitney Request Declaration of Citizenship Before Facility Tour

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Pratt & Whitney held a celebratory news conference to highlight the recent growth at its repair facility in Springdale. But an otherwise typical invitation to the event included something your Whispers staff has never seen before – in order to get a security badge, members of the media had to declare their citizenship.

Presenting the 18 Most Expensive Home Sales in Northwest Arkansas

by Gwen Moritz 6/1/2015 12:00 am

A list of seven-digit home sales in the northwest corner of the state, Benton and Washington counties.

14 Most Expensive Home Sales of 2014 in Pulaski County

by Mark Friedman 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Seven-figure home sales in Pulaski County remained flat in 2014. During the year, 14 homes sold for $1 million or more, the same figure as in 2013. But 2015 could see more $1 million homes sold.

Central Arkansas Industrial Vacancy Rate Declines

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/1/2015 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for industrial space in central Arkansas, which remained relatively stable during 2014, declined to 10.8 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared with 11.8 percent both in the previous quarter, fourth-quarter 2014, and the year-earlier quarter, first-quarter 2014.

Cotton, Womack See Opportunity at Springdale's Pratt & Whitney Facility

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/28/2015 10:39 am

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Steve Womack helped Pratt & Whitney promote the recent growth of its PSD repair facility in Springdale.

Legislators Miss Opportunity (Jacob Bundrick Commentary)

by Jacob Bundrick 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas legislators are fully aware of the state's tax problem. In fact, they freely admit it. Yet legislators continue to throw away opportunities to correct Arkansas' onerous manufacturing taxes.

Big Companies, Big Revenue: 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Bring In $32.8B

by Gwen Moritz 5/25/2015 12:00 am

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $32.8 billion in their most recent fiscal years, up nearly 7 percent in a year.

Ridout Lumber Co. Rebuilds Revenue

by George Waldon 5/25/2015 12:00 am

The fortunes of Searcy's Ridout Lumber Co. and homebuilders are thoroughly intertwined. About 90 percent of sales at the 10-store chain can be attributed to its professional contractor clientele.

Coulson Oil Plots Growth With Change

by Sean Beherec 5/25/2015 12:00 am

From its founding in 1969, Coulson Oil Co. Inc. of North Little Rock has made changes in its business based on the market and newfound opportunities.

Little Rock Company Priority Growing Under the Wire

by Marty Cook 5/25/2015 12:00 am

More than 20 years ago, Ken Hamilton decided to go into business for himself as a wholesale wire and cable distributor. He needed a partner; he called Jim Newman. The two formed Priority Wire & Cable of Little Rock in April 1993.

Arkansas Business Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/21/2015 11:01 am

The selection committee for the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the 2016 class of inductees.

Arkansas' Top Exporters Recognized, Officials Call for Ex-Im Bank Renewal

by Mark Carter 5/19/2015 02:39 pm

At an awards ceremony recognizing the state's top exporters, Arkansas small business owners and an official with the U.S. Export-Import Bank called for the bank charter's renewal.

Rock Town Whiskey Called 'Easy To Love' by Wall Street Journal

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Little Rock's Rock Town Distillery received a favorable mention recently in the Wall Street Journal.

Longhills Property Leads Off Recent Million-Dollar Deals in Saline County

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

A $2.5 million land deal last year in Benton set the stage for a 600-unit apartment project dubbed the Greens at Longhills.

Mountain Pure Sues Supplier for Selling Resin Mixed With Metal

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Even though the assets of the water bottling company were sold last year after a foreclosure auction on the steps of the Pulaski County Courthouse, John Stacks retained control of the shell of the company.

TPA Promotes Job Creation (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Congress faces an important choice in the months ahead as it considers a bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority. TPA is vital because economic growth and job creation at home depend on our ability to sell American goods and services to the 95 percent of the world's customers living outside the United States.

PTI to Provide Projection Mapping on Old State House for LR Film Festival

by Mark Carter 5/14/2015 09:19 am

The projection mapping used to illuminate and transform Cinderella's castle at Disney World in Orlando will be a part of the Little Rock Film Festival, thanks to Power Technology Inc. of Alexander, an Innovate Arkansas firm.

Education & Business (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/11/2015 12:00 am

As regular readers know, Arkansas Business typically takes a closer look at one industry or topic each week, and this week that “spotlight” topic is education. More specifically, it is “Education & Business,” and readers also know that the two are inseparable. Sometimes stories about education and business seem inseparable as well.

The Business Value of Listening (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 5/11/2015 12:00 am

There are reams of articles on listening, with approaches that vary widely. Most of what is required to listen, however, is to pay attention, remove distractions and remain fully present for the work in front of us.