Transportation Archive

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.

Knight Transportation Unloads More USA Truck Shares

by Marty Cook 8/6/2014 08:38 am

Knight Transportation Inc. of Phoenix sold another 142,000 shares of USA Truck this past week according to a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Nominate Now for Arkansas Business' CFO of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/5/2014 11:28 am

Arkansas Business is searching for the state's most outstanding chief financial officers for its sixth "CFO of the Year" awards. You can nominate CFOs here.

Springdale First in Northwest Arkansas To Get CNG Fuel Station

by Marty Cook 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Heath Ward, the executive director of Springdale Water Utilities, says it was an easy decision to commit to buy two vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.

Maverick Goes Extra Mile to Train Drivers

by Marty Cook 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Steve Williams, the CEO and founder of Maverick USA Inc., spent $4 million to expand and improve the driver training center at his company's headquarters in North Little Rock. Williams held a grand opening on July 24 and all sorts of political and industry bigwigs showed up.

Two Steps Forward, One Back (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Last week's economic news was of the motion sickness-inducing two steps forward, one step back kind.

Conway Renovations To Roll Over Rink

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/4/2014 12:00 am

One Conway institution will be renovated to match the new restaurants and shops that will soon occupy Oak Street, and the other will be sold and demolished.

ArcBest 2Q Profit Triples From Last Year

by Marty Cook 7/31/2014 09:45 am

ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith reports its most profitable quarter in six years, driven by stronger performance in two of its subsidiaries, ABF Freight and Panther Premium Logistics.

USA Truck Reports First Profitable Quarter Since 2011

by Marty Cook 7/31/2014 08:59 am

USA Truck of Van Buren reported its first profitable quarter since 2011 on Thursday, bringing in net income of $700,000, or 7 cents per share. The profit came even after a tough first half of the year marked by hard winter weather and a driver shortage that continues to dog the industry.

P.A.M. Transportation Net Income Up 81 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 11:42 am

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. of Tontitown reports second-quarter earnings of $4.9 million, up 81 percent from $2.7 million in the same quarter last year.

A Closer Look: Arkansas Unemployment and Employment

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

The unemployment rate in Arkansas fell in June to 6.2 percent, but the number of people employed “continues to be a source of concern,” state economic forecaster Michael Pakko noted recently.

Arkansas Business Presents the 2014 Power List

by Gwen Moritz 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business introduced “The Power List” in 2006, and after updating it annually for a few years, we decided to spread it out. That means there have been a lot of changes in 20 industries and professions since our last installment in 2011, so we've been doing a lot of rounding up of resumes and photos in the last few weeks.

ArcBest Making Moves Toward Memphis

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith is proceeding with plans to move ABF Freight Systems operations from North Little Rock to Memphis. ABF Freight, ArcBest's largest subsidiary, was offered a $4 million incentive from an economic development group to move a distribution center to Memphis where it would undergo a $20.5 million expansion. ArcBest has closed or consolidated 30 terminals in the past year, including two in Arkansas (Harrison and Russellville).

Maverick Transportation Opens $4M Driving Training Center

by Marty Cook 7/24/2014 02:22 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe was on hand as Maverick Transportation LLC of North Little Rock opened its $4 million driver training center on Thursday.

Mo Money, Uber Problems (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 7/23/2014 01:10 pm

Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have become the apps of choice for tech-savvy travelers in cities across the country – and worldwide. But as the companies have increased in popularity, opposition has grown as well. With Uber and Lyft currently looking at entering the Little Rock market, will our local officials embrace them or slam the door?