Public Companies Archive

Wal-Mart Launches Cash Pickup Option for Tax Refunds

by Associated Press 1/20/2015 01:13 pm

Wal-Mart is launching a service allowing customers to pick up their tax refunds in cash at about 3,000 stores nationwide.

Windstream Appoints 2 Senior Vice Presidents

by Sean Beherec 1/20/2015 01:10 pm

Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock on Tuesday announced the appointments of two senior vice presidents.

Windstream's REIT Moves Out to New Office

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/19/2015 12:00 am

The real estate investment trust spinoff of Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock is moving out.

Bank of the Ozarks Net Income Up 42 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/16/2015 09:03 am

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock on Thursday reported a 42 percent increase in fourth-quarter net income.

Target to Close 133 Canada Stores to Stem Massive Losses

by Associated Press 1/15/2015 10:56 am

Target is closing shop in Canada. More than 17,600 employees will eventually lose their jobs when the U.S. discount retailer closes its 133 Canadian stores after only about two years to end financial losses that went as high as a billion dollars a year.

Powered by Growth, Home BancShares Reports Record Annual, Quarterly Earnings

by Lance Turner 1/15/2015 08:29 am

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway, the parent company of Centennial Bank, on Thursday reported record annual and quarterly earnings as the bank holding company continued to grow through acquisitions.

Asa Hutchinson Lays out Plan to Compete in 'Global Marketplace'

by Associated Press 1/13/2015 12:26 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants lawmakers to lower tax rates in an effort to compete in the "global marketplace."

Chief Revenue Officer Nada Stirratt Departing Acxiom

by Sean Beherec 1/12/2015 05:03 pm

Stirratt, who also served as executive vice president, joined the company in 2012. Her resignation is effective March 31. Acxiom said Stirratt is pursuing other opportunities and will help with the transition leading up to her departure.

Pair of Print Journalists Leave the Industry

by Sean Beherec 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Cathy Frye, a longtime reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has taken over as spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Correction. Jennifer Gill, a name familiar to newspaper readers in Fort Smith, said she has left the Southwest Times Record after more than 16 years.

Transportation Companies in Arkansas Put Focus on Drivers' Health Into Maximum Overdrive

by Marty Cook 1/12/2015 12:00 am

A recent study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health revealed that long-haul drivers are twice as likely to smoke or be obese as the average working adult. Drivers also were more likely to have risk factors that could lead to chronic diseases.

Urgent Care Walk-in Clinics Expanding in Arkansas

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

Doctors, retailers and hospitals have been opening urgent care facilities or walk-in clinics to lure patients with non-life-threatening injuries away from hospital emergency rooms in a trend that has been slow to arrive in Arkansas.

Philip Tappan Joins Simmons Bank as EVP

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/8/2015 08:57 am

Simmons Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff, said Thursday that it has hired Philip A. Tappan as executive vice president of financial services.

Tracy French Named CEO of Centennial Bank

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/7/2015 04:27 pm

Tracy M. French has been promoted to president, CEO and director of Centennial Bank, replacing C. Randall "Randy" Sims, who will retain his title as CEO of Home BancShares. "I welcome this opportunity to step back from the bank level and focus my energy on holding company issues," Sims says in a news release.

Asa Hutchinson Wants Ted Thomas for Chairman of Public Service Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/7/2015 12:20 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson has said he intends to appoint Ted Thomas as chairman of the Public Service Commission.

Asa Hutchinson Appoints Mike Carroll to Economic Development Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/6/2015 07:43 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson has appointed Mike Carroll to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

ABF Logistics Buys Smart Lines Transportation Group for $5M

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/5/2015 01:53 pm

ABF Logistics, a subsidiary of ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith, bought Smart Lines Transportation Group LLC of Oklahoma City for $5.17 million on Jan. 2.

The 2014 Executive Q&A Issue

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/5/2015 12:00 am

We asked Arkansas' business giants to weigh in on challenge and success throughout 2014. Here's what they had to say.

Bank of the Ozarks Announces Expected Close Date on Intervest Acquisition

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/2/2015 11:04 am

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock expects its $228.5 million acquisition of Intervest Bancshares Corp., and its wholly owned subsidiary, Intervest National Bank, to be closed on or about Feb. 10.

Arkansas Approved for Changes to Private Option

by Ken Miller, The Associated Pres 1/1/2015 09:34 pm

The federal government on Wednesday approved Arkansas' request for changes to the state's compromise Medicaid expansion that will require recipients to make monthly co-payments to health savings accounts and put limits on transportation for routine doctor visits and other non-emergency services.

No Daily Report, Morning Roundup on Thursday

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/31/2014 11:20 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report and Morning Roundup on Thursday in recognition of the New Year's holiday.