Transportation Archive

XNA Wooing Airlines In Bid to Lower Fares

by Marty Cook 4/14/2014 12:00 am

In the past two years, Scott Van Laningham, the executive director of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, has been meeting with any airline that will listen to his pitch. XNA is eager to bring in a low-cost airline (or two) in an effort to bring down airfares.

A Wet State of Mind (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/14/2014 12:00 am

I used to think I was just so darn clever, but that was before I saw Little Rock attorney David Couch in action. He did the math and realized that it would be easier and cheaper to collect the 78,000 signatures needed to get an amendment making Arkansas counties wet to the state Constitution on the November general election ballot — just 10 percent of voters in the last gubernatorial election — than to collect 38 percent of registered voter signatures in one county after another.

Franklin McLarty on What Big Auto Manufacturers Must Do to Stay on the Road (Executive Q&A)

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Franklin McLarty, 39, has had careers in hotels, automobiles, global business and politics. From 2003 to 2005, he was vice president of McKibbon Hotel Group. In 2005, he joined the family business, RML Automotive of Little Rock, helping manage auto dealership franchises across the country. He also is a senior adviser to the Markham Group of Little Rock, a political affairs and campaign management firm.

Knight's Takeover Attempt Behind It, USA Truck Will End 'Poison Pill' Plan

by Marty Cook 4/10/2014 10:53 am

USA Truck of Van Buren says it will end its shareholders rights plan at the end of business Friday. The publicly traded trucking company adopted the plan in November 2012 to protect itself from hostile takeover bids while the company attempted a turnaround.

Site Plan Details Truck Station for Southwest Little Rock

by Lee Hogan 4/9/2014 12:59 pm

A site plan for a 305,000-SF package distribution warehouse and truck station for a large national company has been submitted to the Little Rock Planning and Development Department.

Jobless Rates Fall in All Arkansas Metros

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 09:11 am

Unemployment rates dropped year over year in all seven Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to data released Wednesday.

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones.

Company President Ralph Bradbury Ruled Liable for Tax Bill

by Mark Friedman 4/7/2014 12:00 am

In a cautionary tale for other non-owner executives, a federal judge has ruled that Ralph Bradbury, former president of the defunct Continental Express of Little Rock, is responsible for an unpaid $750,000 payroll tax bill.

Government, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods Remain Atop Largest Arkansas Employers List

by Marty Cook 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The names of Arkansas' largest employers remain mostly unchanged from a year ago — and every year. State government is still atop the list with nearly 57,000 employees.

Apple Car: A Ripening Idea (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The Tesla Model S electric car costs $70,000. The Apple iPhone 5s costs from $199 to $399, depending on the gigabyte storage. But they both use lithium-ion batteries. And that may be the common denominator linking the two companies.

US Employers Add 192k Jobs; Rate Stays at 6.7 Percent

by Associated Press 4/4/2014 08:50 am

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth.

Flashbacks of Arkansas Business' First 30 Years (Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

To celebrate Arkansas Business' 30th anniversary, the staff decided to pull out and reprint some of the stories that we felt were the most important, the most interesting and the most fun. Arkansas Business is still reporting on the state economic scene with business executives as its readership, sticking to its mission of providing the revealing, memorable and important business news available in Arkansas.

Kidnapped! Johnny Allison Describes Shocking Incident That Changed His Life

by John Haman and David Smith 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Johnny Allison, the manufactured-home magnate who apparently was kidnapped June 5 by escaped convict James Avery Slack and escaped by crashing his car into a dump truck, spoke to Arkansas Business about the ordeal after returning home to Conway last week.

Harvey & Bernice Jones Trust ‘Frost' Bitten?

by John Haman 3/31/2014 12:00 am

H.G. “Jack” Frost Jr. was only a part-time employee of the Harvey and Bernice Jones Charitable Trust 1 in his position as trustee, but in fiscal year 1994 his salary tripled, giving him an annual compensation package of more than $350,000 in salary and consultation fees.

1979 Crash Hurried Magic Mart's End

by Jack Whitsett 3/31/2014 12:00 am

It's easy to forget now, but Wal-Mart wasn't always the dominant discount retailer in the world. As late as 1979, the Bentonville chain arguably wasn't even the dominant Arkansas discounter. That effectively changed the morning of Friday, Dec. 21, 1979, when a Cessna 421 twin-engine plane carrying three vice presidents of Sterling Stores Inc. slammed into a fog-covered hill 4 miles southwest of Locust Grove, near Batesville.

Andrew Kilgore: Portraits in Black and White

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Beginning with the last issue of 1984 and continuing into 1988, Andrew Kilgore photographed business legends and up-and-comers for the cover of Arkansas Business.

John Glasgow to Dillard's: ‘Call Off the Dogs'

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

The relationship between the management of CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock and half-owner Dillard's Inc. was under tremendous stress in the days before CDI's chief financial officer disappeared on Jan. 28.

Jim Keenan to Retire from Arkansas Best Corp.

by Lee Hogan 3/25/2014 11:20 am

Jim Keenan, senior vice president of enterprise customer solutions at Arkansas Best Corp. of Fort Smith, has announced his retirement, effective March 31.

Women Can — And Men Can, Too (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/24/2014 12:00 am

There may be a few jobs out there in which every man — person — for himself is a winning strategy, but a rising tide generally does lift all boats. All of us should ask: Am I protecting myself to my own detriment? Would I be more successful or happier or richer or less stressed if I shared the opportunity?

Ellis Infiniti Bought Out by Fenton Motors of Texas

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/24/2014 12:00 am

The renamed Fenton Infiniti is the first Arkansas property for Fenton Motors and the company's 17th dealership.