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Transportation, Northwest Arkansas

Marty Cook

Assistant Editor

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Marty Cook joined Arkansas Business in October 2013 after 19 years as an award-winning newspaper reporter. He covers the transportation industry and northwest Arkansas businesses.

Marty, a native of Shreveport, graduated from Missouri in 1993 with a bachelor of journalism. He, his wife and three daughters live in Fayetteville.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

J.B. Hunt 4Q Net Income Up 20 Percent

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell reported fourth-quarter net income of $110 million, or 93 cents per share, on Thursday. read more >

OREO ‘Cleansing' Helps Stabilize NWA Real Estate

When the real estate bubble popped in 2008, it popped big time in northwest Arkansas, which generated more “other real estate owned” than Little Rock. Now, sales and an improving economy are bringing calm to a market once noted for speculation. read more >

Transportation Companies in Arkansas Put Focus on Drivers' Health Into Maximum Overdrive

A recent study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health revealed that long-haul drivers are twice as likely to smoke or be obese as the average working adult. Drivers also were more likely to have risk factors that could lead to chronic diseases. read more >

Jerry Jones Buys Land for $7M, Gives Ownership to Razorback Foundation

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones bought 254 acres in south Fayetteville for about $7.3 million. Jones purchased the property from Chambers Bank of Danville. read more >

J.B. Hunt Honors Veterans, Employs Them

J.B. Hunt announced its recommitment to the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve program and pledged to hire 10,000 veterans by the year 2020. read more >

NY Group Pays $43.9M For 2 Fayetteville Centers

A New York commercial real estate group bought two Fayetteville shopping centers for $43.9 million early this month. read more >

Cooper Communities A Family Enterprise for Over 50 Years

Cooper Communities Inc. of Rogers — along with its assorted subsidiaries such as Cooper Land Development, Cooper Homes and Cooper Realty Investment — really is a family business. read more >

Prudent Planning Pays Off for Cooper Communities

John Cooper III is president and chairman of the board of directors of Cooper Communities Inc. of Rogers, a prolific land development company for the past 50-plus years. How prolific is a company secret, as Cooper politely declines to share the private company's revenue or employment figures. He did sit down at his company's headquarters for an interview, his first ever with the media. read more >

Dan Cushman Sales Job Helps Turn Around PAM Transport

Dan Cushman no longer has to ask his accountants if PAM Transport Inc. of Tontitown has made money this month. Now, he said, he gets to ask the much more fun question of how much money the company made. The trucking company's current financial health stands in stark contrast to those dark months that made up 2008-09. read more >

Fort Smith Administrator Calls Sewer Pact ‘Fair Deal'

The consent decree, which the city's board of directors will vote on Dec. 16, requires Fort Smith to pay $300,000 in fines for past violations of the Clean Water Act and spend more than $200 million to upgrade and replace the city's sewer system in the next 12 years. read more >