The Rest of the Story (Editorial)

It’s not entirely laziness that prompts us to repeat the lead item in this week’s Weekly Report: “Companies Around State Relate Expansion Plans.” We also enjoy defying the stereotype that newspapers only publish bad news, particularly when there’s so much good to share:

• In Rogers, Serco Inc., which is helping process applications under the new federal health care overhaul, is to hire up to 800 people. The company opened a job fair in that city that was to run throughout the week. Serco, which is based in Reston, Va., plans to hire between 600 and 800 workers who are needed for data entry and clerical work. It reportedly has already hired more than 500 employees.

• In Springdale, South Coast Baking Co. of Irvine, Calif., said that it will open a manufacturing and warehouse facility in Springdale and employ 150. The company, a leading wholesale manufacturer of frozen bakery products, will invest $8.7 million to transform an existing 104,000-SF building in Springdale. It said it will pay an average hourly wage of $25 an hour.

• In Fort Smith, Mars Petcare announced plans for a $50 million expansion of its pet food plant. The expansion is also expected to lead to 42 additional jobs at the plant, which already has about 125 employees.

• And in North Little Rock, Advanced Cabling Systems, which designs and installs voice, data, fiber optic and network cabling systems, broke ground on a 6,100-SF facility next to its company headquarters in the Northshore Business Park. The new facility will enable ACS to add between 20 and 25 technology jobs in 2014 at salary ranges of at least $50,000 yearly, the company said.

So though we can’t do much about hyper-partisanship and the botched rollout of Obamacare, we can choose to celebrate who and what are working in Arkansas.