Northwest Arkansas Archive

Update: USA Truck CEO John Simone Takes Leave of Absence

by Marty Cook 4/6/2015 03:09 pm

USA Truck Inc. CEO John Simone is taking an indefinite leave of absence because of a recent diagnosis of a "serious medical condition," the Van Buren trucking company said Monday.

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.

Plea Deal for Dennis Smiley Jr. In the Works

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

A plea deal for Dennis Smiley Jr., former Benton County market president for Arvest Bank, is nigh.

Benton County Home Targeted for Repossession by IRS

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

The IRS is trying to take the home of a Benton County man who failed to pay millions in federal employment taxes.

Panda Express Expanding in Northwest Arkansas

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

CFT NV Developments of Rosemead, California, bought property in Springdale and Siloam Springs and plan to open Panda Express restaurants at each location.

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.

John Paul Hammerschmidt (Editorial)

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

The natural death of a man who achieved great things and remained active and productive throughout most of his 93rd year cannot be counted a tragedy. The death last week of John Paul Hammerschmidt was impeccably timed in that it gave the entire state an opportunity to pause and remember that politics and politicians were once admirable and productive.

Arvest Firing Challenged in Bankruptcy Court

by Mark Friedman 4/6/2015 12:00 am

An Arkadelphia man says following bankruptcy law was a violation of Arvest's policy on employee debt and cost him his job.

Wal-Mart Sets Off Minimum Wage Race

by Mark Friedman 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Store Inc.'s announcement in February that it would start paying employees $9 an hour this year and $10 in 2016 touched off a minimum wage arms race.

Waltons Invest In Hospitality Group RopeSwing in Northwest Arkansas

by Jan Cottingham 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Members of the Walton family are among investors in one of two hospitality companies launched recently in Bentonville, businesses whose debuts underscore the surge of the hospitality sector in northwest Arkansas.

Skyline Report: Residential Permits Down But Value Up in 2014's Second Half

by Lance Turner 4/2/2015 11:25 am

The number of residential building permits issued in northwest Arkansas fell in the second half of 2014 compared with the same time in 2013, but the value of those permits increased, a report says.

UA System Names Dan Ferritor UA Interim Chancellor

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/2/2015 10:06 am

University of Arkansas System President Don Bobbitt on Thursday named Dan Ferritor interim chancellor of the UA's flagship university upon Chancellor G. David Gearhart's retirement on July 31.

In Northwest Arkansas, Boozman Talks GMOs, Bank Regulations, Highways

by Marty Cook 4/2/2015 09:35 am

U.S. Sen. John Boozman talks GMO labeling, banking regulations and the Federal Highway Trust Fund in meetings with northwest Arkansas political and business leaders Wednesday.

John Paul Hammerschmidt Dies at 92

by Associated Press 4/1/2015 02:17 pm

John Paul Hammerschmidt, the longtime Arkansas congressman who defeated Bill Clinton in the former president's first race for political office, has died. He was 92.

Wal-Mart Seeks Assist From Suppliers to Lower Prices

by Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press 4/1/2015 01:10 pm

Wal-Mart is asking suppliers to cut back on advertising spending in its stores as it seeks lower prices on goods that it sells to its own customers.

Arkansas Legislator Drops Proposal to Ban California Wine

by Associated Press 3/30/2015 02:23 pm

An Arkansas lawmaker who wanted to outlaw California wine in retaliation for the West Coast state's egg regulations says he has pulled the bill and that it's effectively dead.

Tyson Foods Shutters Georgia Plant, Expands Another

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 01:51 pm

Tyson Foods of Springdale announced Friday that it would shut down one Georgia poultry plant and scale back operations at another.

Shareholders Fight Over Sale of Livestock Farm

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

Shareholders in a Bentonville poultry and livestock farm are suing its controlling shareholders to prevent the sale of the company's assets and to order an accounting of its expenditures.

Sam's Club Buys Land for Store in Springdale

by Marty Cook 3/30/2015 12:00 am

The new 136,000-SF store will be on 56th Street north of Arvest Ballpark after a dual purchase earlier this month. Sam's Real Estate Business Trust of Bentonville paid $12.4 million for approximately 71 acres near the intersection of 56th Street and Highway 412.

Arkansas Lawmaker Urges Ban on California Wine Over Egg Law

by Associated Press 3/27/2015 07:29 am

An Arkansas lawmaker said Wednesday that the state should ban California wine as retribution for the West Coast state's law requiring egg-laying hens to be able to stand up, turn around and fully extend their wings.

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