Transportation Archive

Beaudet Aviation to Land at Little Rock, Create 75 Jobs

by Lance Turner 9/17/2014 11:20 am

Beaudet Aviation, a subsidiary of JCB Aero of Toulouse, France, says it will invest $2.5 million to open a facility in Little Rock, where it will be a key supplier to Dassault Falcon Jet.

Governor's Quality Awards Go to 28 Arkansas Organizations

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/16/2014 08:28 am

The 20th annual event was held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock before an audience of more than 400 business and civic leaders. In addition to recognizing the winers, 16 past awards recipients were recognized.

Technological Innovations Bring Profitable Changes to the Fayetteville Shale

by George Waldon 9/15/2014 12:00 am

New advances have enabled companies to drill deeper and more complex wells to tap the gas shale, too. Mixed in with the drilling improvements are new fracking techniques that increase the productivity of wells.

Natural Gas in Fayetteville Shale Takes Arkansas from Zero to Billions in 10 Years

by Michelle Corbet 9/15/2014 12:00 am

In the past decade, the players in the Fayetteville Shale have shuffled and consolidated, drilling has peaked and retreated, employment has expanded and contracted, technology has advanced, environmental and infrastructure concerns have reared their heads and government has responded.

AIPRO President Mark Thomas on Keeping Oil Numbers in the Black

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2014 12:00 am

The mission of AIPRO is to represent the interests of oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners in Arkansas, while educating others about the benefits oil and gas bring to the state.

UA Transportation Center Gets $1.4M Grant from U.S. Department of Transportation

by Lee Hogan 9/9/2014 10:24 am

The University of Arkansas' Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center has received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Trans-Atlantic Trade Expedition Bears Promise of Arkansas Jobs

by George Waldon 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Gov. Mike Beebe and Grant Tennille, executive director of the AEDC, hinted that meetings in Europe would yield announcements in the not-so-distant future regarding new jobs and capital investment in Arkansas.

Clinton National Airport Tackles Renovation, Monitors Southwest Airlines

by Jan Cottingham 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Southwest Airlines of Dallas, responsible for almost a third of enplanements at Clinton National Airport, is counting the hours to the expiration of the Wright Amendment, which has limited its flights. Airport Executive Director Ron Mathieu is paying attention.

Arkansas Executive Use of Company Jets Rises in 2013

by Mark Friedman 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Top executives at nine of Arkansas' public companies valued their personal flights on company jets at a total of $2.4 million for 2013, according to proxy statements filed with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and compiled by Arkansas Business.

And Many More (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/8/2014 12:00 am

As exciting as new industrial recruits can be, they are like a new love interest when compared with a long and happy marriage. And that's how we think of Dassault and Arkansas — a mutually supportive relationship that has lasted almost four decades and keeps on giving.

Dassault Breaks Ground on $60M Hangar Dedicated to New Models

by Mark Carter 9/2/2014 10:17 am

Dassault Falcon Jet breaks ground on a $60 million expansion at its Little Rock completion facility.

Car-Mart Stays the Course in Low-Interest Environment

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

Fiscal 2014, which ended April 30, was ‘a pretty stout year' for America's Car-Mart Inc., where sales were up but earnings were down 34 percent. Fortunately, the new year is looking better.

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.