Transportation Archive

Central Flying Service Still Aloft After 75 Years

by Brandon Riddle 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Born out of wartime-driven pursuits, Central Flying Service in Little Rock has since propelled itself as an aviation pioneer after 75 years in business, an anniversary the company celebrates this year. The fixed-base operator's founding mission as a flight school is still ingrained in its current philosophy.

Lawsuits Pending In Fatal Crash

by Brandon Riddle 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Central Flying is defending itself in three lawsuits filed following a Jan. 24, 2013, incident that killed a pilot and his three passengers near Monroe, Louisiana.

Little Rock Zone MSAs See Modest Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Employment grew modestly in the first quarter of 2014 in the Little Rock zone, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Little Rock zone includes all of Arkansas except the northeast.

Shannon Newton Takes Driver's Seat at Arkansas Trucking Association

by Marty Cook 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Shannon Newton, 35, was named president of the Arkansas Trucking Association June 11, replacing Lane Kidd, who stepped down in February after 22 years.

Frank Lloyd Wright House Already Drawing Museum Visitors

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Interest in the reconstruction of the Bachman Wilson House on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is so great that people have been bringing lawn chairs to watch the work progress.

No Daily Report, E-newsletters on Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/3/2014 10:01 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Friday, the Fourth of July. Arkansas Business Publishing Group offices will be closed Friday as well, reopening on Monday. ABPG wishes everyone a happy Fourth.

ArcBest Moves Up 38 Spots in Fortune 1000

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/2/2014 02:32 pm

ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith, formerly known as Arkansas Best Corp. and parent company to ABF Freight and other related businesses, has moved up in the Fortune 1000.

Survey: Midwest Economy Growing

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 09:23 am

The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states including Arkansas should continue growing steadily in the months ahead, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday.

Traffic Up 7 Percent at Fort Smith Regional Airport

by Associated Press 6/30/2014 09:07 am

Officials say passenger traffic at Fort Smith Regional Airport is up by more than 7 percent in the first five months of this year.

Trail Boosts Springdale's Downtown Effort

by Marty Cook 6/30/2014 12:00 am

The city of Springdale's master plan calling for rejuvenating its downtown is estimated to be about $20.5 million in improvements, coinciding with the opening of the Razorback Greenway trail later this year.

Revised Figures Show Improved Rate for Arkansas Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

A government report earlier this month on gross domestic product included revised figures that affected data on Arkansas' growth rate back to 1997, according to Michael Pakko, the state economic forecaster.

Stallion Transportation's Butch Rice on the Biggest Challenge Facing the Trucking Industry

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

In 1992, Butch Rice opened Stallion Transportation Group with two employees in a 450-SF office in North Little Rock. Today, the company occupies an 18,100-SF office, a 12,000-SF maintenance facility and an 11-acre drop yard at its headquarters in Beebe.

Steve Landers Sr. Pumps Brakes Pedal, Looks Forward to Future

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Steve Landers Sr. has sold his remaining one-third interest in Steve Landers Auto Group to Luther Auto Group of Minneapolis.

Burgundy Book: Slight Economic Improvement in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 6/24/2014 09:07 am

According to a May survey of business leaders in the state, the near-term outlook for the Little Rock zone improved slightly.

Arkansas Business Presents the 40 Under Forty Class of 2014

by Gwen Moritz 6/23/2014 12:00 am

This week, Arkansas Business presents its 21st class of 40 Under 40 honorees. This year's honorees represent our state's geography — Pine Bluff, England, Jonesboro, Conway, Fort Smith, Rogers — and the diversity of our business community — farming, finance, medicine, academia, nonprofits.

Pay Tops $1 Million For Seven on Highest-paid Nonprofit Employees List

by Gwen Moritz 6/16/2014 12:00 am

Seven nonprofit employees in Arkansas who earned more than $1 million in the 2012 tax year are either medical doctors or hospital administrators, as are the vast majority of the 262 nonprofit employees whose compensation exceeding $215,000 is reported in this issue.

Conway Voters to Consider Bonds for Central Landing Street Improvements

by Lee Hogan 6/13/2014 03:33 pm

Conway voters will decide in a special election Sept. 9 whether a 1/8 cent sales tax will be rededicated to be used for special bonds to finish road work tied to the proposed Central Landing, a mixed-use redevelopment of the 151-acre municipal airport.

Shannon Newton Named President of Arkansas Trucking Association

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/11/2014 04:52 pm

Shannon Newton of Bryant has been named president of the Arkansas Trucking Association, the ATA's board announced on Wednesday.

Teamsters Fear ABF Freight's Plans to Move

by Marty Cook 6/9/2014 12:00 am

Tim Nichols, the head of Local 878, has 3,000 union members who work for 18 companies throughout the state. ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith is leaning toward moving ABF Freight, its largest subsidiary, to Memphis, which would result in a major reduction of its operations in North Little Rock.

Recession Sees Cutbacks as Americans' Autos Get Older

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/9/2014 12:00 am

Americans reduced their annual spending on vehicles during the Great Recession, while at the same time the age of their vehicles increased, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.