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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

Top Brands Fuel Tyson's Biggest Play

Tyson officially began the process of buying Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago on Wednesday, according to a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. For Tyson executives, though, the chance to acquire Hillshire's enviable top-rated brands was irresistible. read more >

Maverick USA Ditches Waiting Period for Driver Bonuses

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

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

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. read more >

Fort Smith's Pruitt Tool & Supply Co. Going Global

From modest beginnings, Pruitt Tool now has nine offices across the United States and has business interests overseas in countries such as Russia and Turkey. The company rents its patented equipment, the Pruitt rotating control device, to oil rigs drilling for oil and gas. read more >

Wal-Mart Hears Pitches for U.S.-Made Goods

Executives with Wal-Mart met with more than 500 suppliers of manufactured goods Tuesday in its "Made in USA Open Call," a chance for manufacturers to pitch their goods to Wal-Mart buyers. read more >

EPA's Clean Power Plan Fuels Carbon Debate

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan. Environmentalists and power companies have split opinions on the agency's goals. read more >

Shannon Newton Takes Driver's Seat at Arkansas Trucking Association

Shannon Newton, 35, was named president of the Arkansas Trucking Association June 11, replacing Lane Kidd, who stepped down in February after 22 years. read more >

Tyson Foods Moving Forward with Hillshire Deal

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale announced Wednesday it had signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago for approximately $8.55 billion. read more >

Trail Boosts Springdale's Downtown Effort

The city of Springdale's master plan calling for rejuvenating its downtown is estimated to be about $20.5 million in improvements, coinciding with the opening of the Razorback Greenway trail later this year. read more >

UA Spends Millions On Adjacent Properties (NWA Real Deals)

The University of Arkansas had a busy few weeks buying up properties on the borders of its campus. read more >