Tagged: grant tennille

Wachter to Spend $20M, Add 20 Jobs to Expand Lowell Plant

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/16/2014 1:59 pm

Wachter Inc. of Lenexa, Kansas, is expanding its facility in Lowell, investing $2 million and adding 20 new jobs.

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson Begins Bureaucrat Shuffle

by Sean Beherec 11/24/2014 12:00 am

After eight years with a Democrat at the helm of the executive branch, Republican Asa Hutchinson’s agency director appointments are also an opportunity to shape the next four years of business in the state.

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

by Marty Cook 9/8/2014 12:00 am

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.

Trans-Atlantic Trade Expedition Bears Promise of Arkansas Jobs

by George Waldon 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Gov. Mike Beebe and Grant Tennille, executive director of the AEDC, hinted that meetings in Europe would yield announcements in the not-so-distant future regarding new jobs and capital investment in Arkansas.

Big River Steel's John Correnti on Government's Role in Private-Sector Projects? 'Stay Out'

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

John Correnti, chairman and CEO of Big River Steel LLC, has more than 40 years of experience in the steel industry. Big River Steel, a $1.3 billion project, is being built in Mississippi County near Osceola. It’s expected to employ more than 525 workers with average yearly compensation of $75,000.

Arkansas Tells ABF Freight: Think About West Memphis for Terminal Move

by Marty Cook 6/3/2014 10:31 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe told union representatives he would not support cash incentives for ArcBest Corp.'s new Fort Smith headquarters after subsidiary ABF Freight said it is considering moving its North Little Rock distribution center to Memphis.

Lawmaker Jane English Helps Spur Workforce Training Reform

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

State Sen. Jane English has no use for the private option, the Medicaid expansion providing health insurance to the poor. But the Republican lawmaker from North Little Rock saw an opportunity and took it, and what began as an old-fashioned political horse trade — you get my vote, I get something for my constituents — appears likely to evolve into a governor-backed legislative package that next year will seek to transform workforce training in Arkansas.

Manufacturers Keep Steely Eye on Delta, Says Grant Tennille

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/24/2014 12:00 am

Grant Tennille, head of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, told your Whispers staff last week that the state is “continuing to have conversations with companies from throughout the world who want to be close to independent sources of steel.”

Recovery of Dassault Falcon Jet Benefits Arkansas

by Luke Jones 12/9/2013 12:00 am

One of Little Rock’s most important international companies sits directly under the flight paths of travelers departing and returning from overseas.

'Advance Arkansas Sites' to Showcase Large-Acreage Plots for Development

by Mark Carter 11/25/2013 11:51 am

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Gov. Mike Beebe announce a new initiative to better position large-acreage sites to new business.

Despite Struggles, Arkansas Wind Industry Far From Blowing Away

by Luke Jones 7/15/2013 12:00 am

Historically a manufacturing industry in Arkansas, wind energy equipment facilities has succeeded despite some struggles and setbacks.

We Can’t Tell What We Don’t Know (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 6/10/2013 12:00 am

There were many factors in why an announcement about a major expansion at Remington Arms' plant in Lonoke didn't come off with a bang.

Small Business Bill Promises Millions of Investment; AEDC Sees 'Risk'

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 3/21/2013 7:25 am

An Arkansas House committee advanced a proposal Wednesday to establish a new economic development program aimed at driving private investment to small businesses in low-income areas.