Tagged: manufacturing

Robotics Competition Bringing Kids from 11 States and Canada to LR

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/27/2015 11:28 am

Students from across Arkansas and representing 11 states and even Canada will converge on Barton Coliseum in Little Rock March 6-7 for the 2015 Arkansas Rock City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

Report: State Jobless Rate Down to 5.7 Percent

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 9:35 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in December, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point from November, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services.

Central Arkansas Regains Jobs Lost During Recession

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Metroplan last month released its latest “Metro Trends: Economic Review and Outlook,” which examines what it calls “the new economy” in central Arkansas in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Arkansas' Biggest Deals of 2014 Soar While Value Slips

by Jan Cottingham 1/26/2015 12:00 am

The mergers and acquisitions spigots were opened wide last year in Arkansas. The number of big deals — those valued at $9 million or more — soared 38 percent, increasing to 101 in 2014 compared with 73 in 2013.

HanesBrands to Expand in Clarksville, Add 120 Jobs

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/23/2015 10:24 am

HanesBrands of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, says it will expand its manufacturing facility in Clarksville, spending $1.4 million on renovations and new equipment and adding 120 new jobs.

Little Rock Port Authority Adopts Sustainability Resolution

by Associated Press 1/22/2015 1:45 pm

The Little Rock Port Authority's board has adopted a resolution supporting the development of a sustainable port.

New Agriculture Department Standards Target Pathogens in Poultry Products

by Associated Press 1/22/2015 1:27 pm

Standards proposed Wednesday by the Agriculture Department aim to reduce rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause symptoms similar to salmonella, in chicken parts, ground chicken and ground turkey. The standards would be voluntary but designed to pressure companies to take steps to reduce contamination.

Tyson Foods to Pay $539,000 for Spill in Southwest Missouri

by Associated Press 1/20/2015 1:24 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. will pay more than $530,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Tuesday.

Finances Force Hoxie To Leave Regional Group

by Mark Friedman 1/19/2015 12:00 am

The city of Hoxie left the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority, an economic development group, because it couldn’t afford the annual fees.

In Federal Court, Nucor Argues Against Big River Steel Mill

by Associated Press 1/16/2015 3:35 pm

Opponents of a new steel mill under construction in eastern Arkansas argued in a court hearing Friday that they didn't forfeit their right to sue to stop the plant just because the state had already issued a permit.

Umarex Partners With Marshals Museum on Commemorative Airgun

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/14/2015 11:05 am

Umarex USA has partnered with the U.S. Marshals Museum to offer a limited edition commemorative airgun of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, also known as the "gun that won the west."

Asa Hutchinson Lays out Plan to Compete in 'Global Marketplace'

by Associated Press 1/13/2015 12:26 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants lawmakers to lower tax rates in an effort to compete in the "global marketplace."

Asa Hutchinson Taps Leon Jones as Labor Director, Charisse Childers as Career Education Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/12/2015 2:24 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson has picked Leon Jones Jr. as new director of the Arkansas Department of Labor, and Charisse Childers as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education.

Tenaris Hickman Lays off 500 in Blytheville & Texas

by Associated Press 1/12/2015 8:21 am

A steel company that caters to the energy industry is laying off 500 employees at facilities in Conroe, Texas, and at Blytheville.

Craft Brewers’ Growth Spurs Look at Rules

by Jan Cottingham 1/12/2015 12:00 am

The explosive growth of the craft brewing industry in Arkansas is causing the brewers themselves and state regulators to re-evaluate the rules governing the sector, a re-evaluation that has the potential to lead to new state laws.

Fed Files Appeal Against Mountain Pure's John Stacks

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/12/2015 12:00 am

As expected, federal prosecutors in Little Rock have filed an appeal with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in hopes of preserving the seven convictions it won against John Stacks, owner of the Mountain Pure bottled water company.

Drones Must Learn To Navigate Populated Areas

by Associated Press 1/9/2015 1:39 pm

For drones to make it to the big time, they will need to learn to get around in towns and cities — without falling on car hoods or crashing into pedestrians.

Asa Hutchinson Appoints Mike Carroll to Economic Development Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/6/2015 7:43 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson has appointed Mike Carroll to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

The 2014 Executive Q&A Issue

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/5/2015 12:00 am

We asked Arkansas' business giants to weigh in on challenge and success throughout 2014. Here's what they had to say.

Report Shows Improved Midwest Economic Outlook

by Associated Press 1/2/2015 8:52 am

Falling grain and fuel prices have hurt businesses tied to those industries, but have helped consumers open their pocketbooks, leading to an improved economic outlook for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly report released Friday.