Transportation Archive

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?

Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

by Gwen Moritz 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Top executives at the world's largest company continue to dominate Arkansas Business' annual list of public company executive compensation, starting with the new CEO, Doug McMillon.

Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' minimum wage of $6.25 an hour, which applies to all employers with four or more employees, is one of only four state minimums that remain below the federal wage of $7.25 hourly.

Lessons Learned (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/21/2014 12:00 am

One of our best additions to the pages of Arkansas Business in our redesign three years ago has turned out to be the weekly Executive Q&A. It's a good way of getting new voices into the paper, voices largely unfiltered by editors because the Q&As are usually done via email and we publish the answers largely as written (though sometimes abbreviated because of space constraints).

Rob Noirot, Chris Green Join DataPath (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Rob Noirot has been hired as business relationship manager at DataPath Inc. of Little Rock, and Chris Green has been hired as national sales executive. Noirot previously worked in business banking and treasury management at U.S. Bank. Green was formerly a regional manager for George R. Douglas & Associates in Memphis.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.2 Percent But Labor Force Smaller

by Lee Hogan 7/18/2014 09:42 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell for the ninth consecutive month in June to 6.2 percent. It marks the fourth consecutive month that the state's unemployment rate has been below 7 percent.

Maverick USA Ditches Waiting Period for Driver Bonuses

by Marty Cook 7/17/2014 03:39 pm

Maverick USA Inc. of North Little Rock says it will make performance bonuses available to all drivers without a waiting period.

TAC Air to Buy Supermarine FBO at Clinton National Airport

by Lance Turner 7/15/2014 03:39 pm

TAC Air agrees to purchase the assets of Supermarine of Little Rock LLC's fixed base operation at Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.

J.B. Hunt Quarterly Profit Rises 6.5 Percent to $93.4M

by Marty Cook 7/15/2014 08:37 am

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell reports second-quarter profit of $93.4 million, or 79 cents per share, up 6.5 percent from $87.7 million, or 73 cents per share, in the same quarter last year. But CEO John Roberts III cited a "difficult driver recruiting environment" that has challenged growth.

Metroplan Study: Financial Commitment Key to Conway-LR Bus Service

by Lee Hogan 7/14/2014 11:02 am

A feasibility study released by Metroplan on an express bus service between Conway and Little Rock found that capital costs, funding sources and operating responsibility would be obstacles in the implementation of the route.

Steve Landers Sr. On His Lessons Learned Before Leaving the Lot

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Steve Landers Sr. has been in the auto sales business for 43 years but has been transitioning out of the day-to-day operation of the enterprise. He will remain a consultant at the former Landers Auto Group, taking care of customers and working on putting together auto groups.

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.