Tagged: manufacturing

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.8 Percent in November

by Mark Carter 12/19/2014 9:38 am

The unemployment Rate in Arkansas fell to 5.8 percent in November, down from 6.1 percent in October. The 5.8 jobless rate matches the U.S. rate, which remained stable between October and November.

TiFiber Sanitizer Plant Set for Fort Smith

by Associated Press 12/19/2014 7:48 am

A company that makes a key component of sanitizers says it will build a pilot production facility in Fort Smith and eventually put its company headquarters there.

US-Cuba Thaw Could Benefit Farmers, Energy and Travel Firms

by Associated Press 12/18/2014 1:31 pm

Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana.

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.

Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department Hits High Road with 5 Promotions (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Lorie Tudor, Emanuel Banks, Tony Sullivan, Kevin Thornton and Joe Sartini were promoted with the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department at its central office in Little Rock.

Arkansas No. 4 Shale Gas Producer in United States

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Shale gas production helped gross withdrawals of natural gas in the United States reach a record high of 82 billion cubic feet per day in 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Outlook on Manufacturing Positive, Still Short of Pre-Recession Levels

by Lee Hogan 12/12/2014 10:51 am

All indications show the manufacturing sector is improving in Arkansas, but there is still a ways to go before it reaches the pre-recession levels.

Bass Pro Shops Buys Ranger Boats

by Lance Turner 12/11/2014 5:01 pm

Bass Pro Group LLC, the privately held outdoor and hunting supply retailer, is buying Fishing Holdings LLC of Flippin, which makes Ranger Boats, Stratos and Triton fishing boat brands.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Launch Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Lee Hogan 12/10/2014 1:38 pm

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock, launched the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Domtar to Spend $160M to Convert Paper Machine in Ashdown; 140 Jobs Lost

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2014 8:23 am

Domtar Corp. of Montreal plans a $160 million capital project to convert a paper machine at its Ashdown mill to a high quality fluff pulp line.

FDIC Report: Arkansas Nonfarm Jobs Up in 3Q

by Lee Hogan 12/9/2014 12:04 pm

Total nonfarm payroll jobs were up 1.4 percent in the third quarter, compared to numbers from a year ago, according to a state profile of Arkansas released Monday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Demand Rises For Body Cameras, Rarely Used by Police in Arkansas

by Sean Beherec 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, and questions about what actually happened during his encounter with Officer Darren Wilson, there has been a resurgence in calls for all police to wear body cameras.

Big River Pushes Construction Total to $2.2B

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

The valuation of large commercial projects underway in Arkansas approached $2.2 billion, nearly double the tally from a year ago. The big leap was thanks in no small measure to the $700 million construction contract for the Big River Steel Mill manufacturing facility near Osceola.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Join In Women’s Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2014 11:36 am

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock to launch a new program to honor the significant contributions of Arkansas women in business, politics, philanthropy and other fields.

US Adds 321K Jobs, Jobless Rate Stays 5.8 Percent

by Associated Press 12/5/2014 7:38 am

U.S. employers hired at the strongest pace in nearly three years in November, adding 321,000 jobs, the latest sign the United States is outperforming other major economies by growing steadily and generating consistently healthy job gains.

AEDC: LM Wind Power Paid Back $3.4M in Incentives

by Mark Carter 12/4/2014 10:43 am

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission says Danish manufacturer LM Wind Power, which operates a plant in Little Rock, has repaid the state $3.4 million in incentives following a review that indicated the company had not met specified employment goals.

Fed Survey Finds Improvement Across US Economy

by Associated Press 12/4/2014 9:14 am

The U.S. economy kept expanding in October and November, helped by solid gains in consumer spending, manufacturing and overall employment, according to the Federal Reserve's latest survey of business conditions around the country.

More US CEOs Plan to Boost Hiring in Next 6 Months

by Associated Press 12/2/2014 11:33 am

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.

Arkansas' 'Miracle Bean,' the Soybean, Used for Variety of Purposes

by Associated Press 12/1/2014 8:22 am

While soy products available in local stores has increased, the soybean has long been known as the "miracle bean" for its vast uses in everything from livestock feed and biodiesel to candles and plastics.

Report: Arkansas Manufacturing Won't Rebound Before 2015

by Associated Press 12/1/2014 8:17 am

A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains has dipped again.