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Transportation, Northwest Arkansas

Marty Cook

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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

Commercial Property Filling Up in Northwest Arkansas

Experts think the commercial real estate market in northwest Arkansas is returning to normal; those who make their living in the industry agree. And they like the new normal. read more >

Fayetteville Site Draws Starbucks (NWA Real Deals)

The word that Starbucks is coming to Wedington Drive in west Fayetteville is now official, and the coffee shop is bringing some dental care, too. read more >

Car Rental Zipcar Getting Tryout at University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas is trying an on-campus rental-car program again. Zipcar launched Sept. 20 on the Fayetteville campus and announced that two cars — a Ford Escape and a Ford Focus — are available for hourly or daily use for Zipcar members. read more >

Harrison Bank Files Lawsuit Against Dennis Smiley

Community First Bank of Harrison files a three-count civil lawsuit against former Arvest Bank executive Dennis Smiley Jr. on Thursday. read more >

Hanna Still Believes in Arkoma Basin's Future

Hanna Oil & Gas Co. of Fort Smith has been drilling gas wells in the Arkoma Basin for two generations covering more than 50 years. President Bill Hanna, son of founder Jim Hanna, is confident the basin will be around and still producing for the next generation of Hannas. That has already started as Bill's oldest son, Griffin, started work in the field for the company after graduating with a finance degree from the University of Denver. read more >

Crystal Bridges Exhibit to Put American Artists in Spotlight

Officials with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art travelled more than 100,000 miles to visit with artists across the United States last year in search of pieces for the museum's new exhibit. read more >

Toymaker Redman's Rough History Doesn't Deter State Investment

The state's top economic development official said he has no undue concerns about a $2 million taxpayer investment in Redman & Associates, despite the CEO's bankruptcy a decade ago and subsequent litigation, including a lawsuit related to the product the company is manufacturing in Rogers. read more >

Redman: ‘Unfair' Price Increase Sparked Move Back to U.S. from China

Mel Redman said he and his son began planning to move the manufacturing of a 6-volt battery-operated toy car from China to northwest Arkansas after Redman & Associates was hit with unexpected price increases a couple of years ago. read more >

Car-Mart Stays the Course in Low-Interest Environment

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. read more >

Cliff Beckham's Exit from USA Truck ‘A Bit of a Victory Lap'

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. read more >

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