Transportation Archive

Cliff Beckham's Exit from USA Truck ‘A Bit of a Victory Lap'

by Marty Cook 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Thanks to conservative living and USA Truck's generosity — the company is letting Beckham keep a $75,000 bonus he received in April — Beckham doesn't have to make hasty job decisions any time soon. For 20 years he invested his disposable income in USA Truck stock, the same stock he nervously began to sell, for the first time, on Aug. 11.

Greenway Picks 7 John Deere Dealerships in $112M Buy

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Greenway Equipment Inc. of Newport purchased a string of John Deere dealerships in Grady, England, Pine Bluff, Bryant, Conway, DeWitt and Stuttgart.

Labor Force Down Across State, Five Metro Areas in July

by Lee Hogan 8/27/2014 10:13 am

While the number of unemployed workers and the unemployment rate in Arkansas and its six metropolitan areas was lower in July than a year ago, the labor force was also down in Arkansas and in five metropolitan areas.

ADW Capital Takes 3 Percent Stake in USA Truck, Calls for CEO's Ouster

by Marty Cook 8/25/2014 06:22 pm

The managing member of ADW Capital Partners LP of New York City calls for a change in leadership and a selling off of divisions at USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren.

North Little Rock's Rockwater Residences Poised for Relaunch

by George Waldon 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The opening round of single-family development is about to launch at Rockwater Village in North Little Rock. Seven of the 33 lots are under contract to future residents of the riverside neighborhood.

First Mini Dealership in State Uses Enhanced IT Solutions

by Brandon Riddle 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Parker Mini of Little Rock opened earlier this year as the first MINI dealership in the state. The dealership, owned by the Parker Automotive Group, uses information technology services unique to the dealership provided by the Computer Hut of Little Rock as a way to promote its “Dare to be different” strategy.

Bigger, Smarter Farm Machines Increase Productivity, Reduce Errors

by Rick Fahr 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Most tractors crisscrossing fields in the Arkansas Delta and elsewhere use technology that nearly renders a driver obsolete. Global Positioning System programs allow farmers to set up their tractors, combines and other vehicles to drive themselves across fields.

Clinton National Airport Reveals $20M Concourse Renovation Plans

by Lee Hogan 8/19/2014 04:10 pm

The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock has plans for a $20.6 million renovation to its concourse. Details of the project were released Tuesday morning.

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2014 11:42 am

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."

2 Dead, 2 Hurt in Arkansas Freight Train Collision

by Associated Press 8/18/2014 11:16 am

Two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two others were injured when two freight trains collided head-on in northeast Arkansas early Sunday, Arkansas State Police said.

Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 12:00 am

This week we list all directors of 19 publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas and the compensation they received for service on the boards in the most recent fiscal year. It's work that's “a whole lot harder” than it used to be.

Newport Retailer Jamie Darling Takes to the Road In Airstream

by Brandon Riddle 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Darling's Fine Things owner Jamie Darling is taking to the road in a refurbished Airstream she purchased earlier this year, offering a mobile retail experience to customers in the Delta.

Shannon Newton on The Public's 'Blind Spot' Toward Trucking

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Shannon Newton was named president of the Arkansas Trucking Association on June 11 to replace Lane Kidd, who stepped down after 22 years.

John Knight Retiring from Arkansas Department of Aeronautics

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/14/2014 01:18 pm

John Knight, director of the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics, has announced his retirement after 27 years with the agency. Knight's retirement is effective Sept. 1.

Fort Smith, Rogers Airports Get Sizable FAA Grants

by Lee Hogan 8/12/2014 11:04 am

The Fort Smith Regional Airport and the Rogers Municipal-Carter Field Airport are the recipients of two grants, totaling more than $8 million, that will go toward upgrades at each facility.

Metroplan: Few in Central Arkansas Walk, Bike to Work

by Lee Hogan 8/12/2014 09:33 am

Metroplan released its 2014 Demographic Review and Outlook, which found central Arkansas has one of the lower shares of workers biking and walking to work.

Ristorante Capeo Lands A Familiar Name On Its Wine List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

After about a year of slicing through red tape, Ristorante Capeo in North Little Rock has landed wine from the Chateau Dassault winery in France. Dassault's wine is otherwise available in the United States only in New York and New Jersey.

Trucking Firms Raise Pay To Keep Moving

by Marty Cook 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Listen to any Arkansas trucking company executive — with the possible exception of unionized ABF Freight — and you will hear lamentations about driver shortages in the industry. Short of cultural change to repopularize the job, executives know they have to pay more to attract drivers and work harder to keep them. The trend doesn't look like it is going to get any better anytime soon.

Architect Ron Shelby on Moving the Frank Lloyd Wright House to Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Hight-Jackson and CEO Ron Shelby were chosen to oversee the reassembly of the Bachman Wilson House, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and moved from its previous home in New Jersey, on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

Update: Cliff Beckham to Resign From USA Truck

by Marty Cook 8/7/2014 01:36 pm

USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren says Clifton R. Beckham, the company's former CEO and now its executive vice president and CFO, will resign effective Sept. 30, part of a planned transition that began when Beckham helped hire the trucking firm's chief executive John Simone.