Public Companies Archive

Professional Degrees Edge Doctoral in Earnings, Unemployment Rates

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

The education categories in the graphic reflect only the highest level of education attained. They don't take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates.

Employers Turning to Two-Year Community Colleges for Workforce Training Needs

by Marty Cook 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Workforce development has become a popular issue as industry leaders have said they have a hard time finding enough quality workers to fill their needs. It's a renewed focus of groups like the Northwest Arkansas Council, which recently announced a three-year plan to strengthen the area's workforce development and the ties between employers and schools.

Wal-Mart to Buy 13 Target Stores in Canada

by Associated Press 5/8/2015 11:34 am

Wal-Mart, already Canada's biggest retailer, wasted little time in cementing that title after its rival, Target, retreated back to the U.S.

USA Truck CEO John Simone Treated for Lung Cancer

by Marty Cook and Lance Turner 5/7/2015 05:20 pm

USA Truck Inc. CEO John Simone said Thursday that he is being treated for lung cancer, and that while he and his doctors are optimistic, he's not sure yet when he'll return to the company. "I intend to return as soon as medically advisable, and I am hoping that will be sometime this summer," he wrote.

USA Truck Shareholders Re-Elect 3 to Company Board

by Marty Cook 5/7/2015 01:50 pm

Shareholders voted to re-elect three members of the company's board of directors and approved, in an advisory vote, of the company's executive compensation plan.

Doug McMillon to Speak at Walton College Conference on Retail

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/7/2015 09:33 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. CEO Doug McMillon will be among the speakers at the 15th annual Emerging Trends in Retailing conference on June 11 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale.

Windstream 1Q Net Income Down 67 Percent

by Sean Beherec 5/7/2015 07:19 am

Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock on Thursday reported net income of $5.3 million, or 5 cents per share, on $1.41 billion in revenues during the first quarter of the year.

Bank of the Ozarks to Buy Bank of the Carolinas in $65M Deal

by Lance Turner 5/6/2015 03:48 pm

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock said Wednesday that it has agreed to purchase Bank of the Carolinas Corp. and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, Bank of the Carolinas, in an all-stock deal worth about $64.7 million.

Simmons First Proxy: Pay Rise for George Makris, Payments to French Hill in 2014

by George Waldon 5/6/2015 02:31 pm

The compensation of the top executive at Simmons First National Corp. mushroomed by 135 percent in 2014, the year he succeeded J. Thomas May as CEO.

Fort Smith Keeps Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 08:45 am

Fort Smith retained the top spot in the latest Arkansas Tech Business Index, released Wednesday. It has led the index in 10 of the 14 months Tech has produced the ATBI.

Retail Sales, Margins Boost Murphy USA's 1Q Profit

by Sean Beherec 5/5/2015 10:21 am

Murphy USA Inc. of El Dorado reports a strong start to its new fiscal year, with first-quarter net income of $22.9 million, up more than 138 percent from $9.6 million in the same quarter last year.

USA Truck Posts $1.1M 1Q Profit

by Marty Cook 5/5/2015 06:53 am

USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $1.1 million, up from a $1.6 million loss in the same quarter last year.

Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 10:48 am

Tickets are available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders.

Rex Nelson Joins Simmons First as Director of Corporate Communications

by Gwen Moritz 5/4/2015 10:11 am

Rex Nelson will leave his job as president of Arkansas Independent Colleges & Universities at the end of May to become director of corporate communications for Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff.

Hillshire Business Helps Drive Tyson Foods' 2Q Sales

by Lance Turner 5/4/2015 06:56 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale reported second-quarter net income of $310 million, up 45 percent from the same quarter last year as sales in its Prepared Foods division shot up after the company's purchase of Hillshare Brands last year.

ArcBest Posts Best Quarter in 7 Years, $745K Net Income

by Lance Turner 5/4/2015 06:41 am

ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith on Monday reported its best first quarter in seven years, citing $745,000 in profit versus a loss of $5.2 million in same the quarter last year.

USA Truck Upgrading Its Website

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

2014 was the trucking company's first profitable year in six years, and its website is even older. Paul Silverlieb, who handles marketing for USA Truck, said the website hasn't been updated in nine years, and a third-party agency (he wouldn't say who) has been hired to design a new one.

Sue Owens on the Educational Impact of Economics Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

After more than 20 years in banking, Sue Owens became executive director of Economics Arkansas — then known as the Arkansas Council on Economic Education — in 2004.

National Gross Domestic Product Increases 2.4 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Real gross domestic product in the United States rose 2.4 percent last year compared with the previous year. Expanding were the private goods and private services sectors, while the government sector declined.

Consolidation Pares Roster of Arkansas Banks

by Gwen Moritz 5/4/2015 12:00 am

2014 started with 120 separate banks chartered in Arkansas and ended with 109. Two have become inactive in 2015.