Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

October 27, 2014

New Shipping Law More Miss Than Hit, Arkansas Wine Producers Say

New Shipping Law More Miss Than Hit, Arkansas Wine Producers Say
Photo by Kat Wilson

Arkansas' wine producers said Act 483, which went into effect in August 2013, puts the state wineries at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state shippers. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration said 114 permits have been issued to allow shipping to Arkansas consumers, but only two permits have been given to a state winery. read more >

Sweet: ‘A Pure Arkansas-Flavored Investment' for Arkansas Teachers Retirement System

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, the state's largest pension fund, has invested about $73 million in 14,580 acres of cropland since it began building its roster of farm holdings four years ago. read more >

Bioenergy Push Spurs 2 New Wood Pellet Plants in Pine Bluff, Monticello

Europe's increasing emphasis on renewable energy lies behind the announcements this summer that two companies plan to build wood pellet plants in Arkansas. read more >

Real Deals

A look at important real estate deals & transactions in Pulaski County.

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NWA Real Deals

A look at important real estate deals & transactions in Washington and Benton Counties.

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Whispers

Crittenden Regional Hospital Assets Go up for Sale

Crittenden Regional Hospital Assets Go up for Sale

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Audrey Evans has signed off on hiring an auctioneer to sell some assets of Crittenden Regional Hospital. read more >

This Week's List

Georgia-Pacific Leads List of Largest Forest Products Companies in Arkansas

Georgia-Pacific Leads List of Largest Forest Products Companies in Arkansas

This year's list of largest forest products companies is little changed from last year. One company, however, ITW Shippers of Fordyce with 143 employees in 2013, fell off the list. It has been sold, according to a company employee, but the company failed to respond to repeated requests for information. read more >


Rank Name No. of Arkansas Employees Arkansas Acreage
1 Georgia-Pacific LLC 2,600
2 Evergreen Packaging Group 1,017 5,200
3 Domtar Corp. 985 2,533
4 Anthony Timberlands Inc. 713 150,000
5 West Fraser Inc. 680

Executive Q&A

Weyerhaeuser CEO Doyle R. Simons Says Housing Stats On Path Out of the Woods

Weyerhaeuser CEO Doyle R. Simons Says Housing Stats On Path Out of the Woods

Simons has been a director of Weyerhaeuser since June 2012. He was chairman and CEO of Temple-Inland Inc. from 2008 to February 2012, when it was acquired by International Paper. He held various management positions with Temple-Inland, including executive vice president from 2005 to 2007 and chief administrative officer from 2003 to 2005. Before joining Temple-Inland in 1992, he practiced real estate and banking law with Hutcheson & Grundy LLP of Houston. read more >

Spotlight: Agriculture & Timber

Arkansas Agriculture By the Numbers

Arkansas Agriculture By the Numbers

Agriculture accounted for $20,117,634,954 of value added to the Arkansas economy in 2012. Value added is the total of employee compensation, proprietary income, other property-type income and indirect business taxes. read more >

Temple Grandin To Headline Four States Cattle Conference

Temple Grandin To Headline Four States Cattle Conference

Temple Grandin, an animal scientist whose life story was profiled in an HBO movie, will be the featured speaker at the Four States Cattle Conference on Dec. 10 at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture has announced. read more >

Farm Bill Workshops Planned Across State

Farm Bill Workshops Planned Across State

A series of workshops on the federal Farm Bill will begin Tuesday in Jonesboro and continue through Nov. 20, the Farm Service Agency and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture have announced. read more >

Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame Seeks Nominees

Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame Seeks Nominees

The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations from the public for its 2014 class of honorees. read more >

Bioenergy Push Spurs 2 New Wood Pellet Plants in Pine Bluff, Monticello

Bioenergy Push Spurs 2 New Wood Pellet Plants in Pine Bluff, Monticello

Europe's increasing emphasis on renewable energy lies behind the announcements this summer that two companies plan to build wood pellet plants in Arkansas. read more >

Signs Show Way to Arkansas Wine Industry

Signs Show Way to Arkansas Wine Industry

When it comes to state expenditures, $26,000 is not a huge outlay. That was the bargain rate for some highway signage Arkansas bought and erected to direct people to the state's wineries. read more >

A Closer Look at the Dawson Farms Cycle

A Closer Look at the Dawson Farms Cycle

Dawson Farms offers a closer look at a year in the life of an Arkansas-grown sweet potato. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

The Real Deficit Problem (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

The Real Deficit Problem (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

The federal budget getting under control starts with getting health care inflation under control, which is going to be impossible as long as no one knows what anything costs — as long as even the doctors ordering tests and prescribing medications don't know what kind of bills they are running up. read more >

Clean Power Means Good Jobs for State (Glen Hooks Commentary)

Clean Power Means Good Jobs for State (Glen Hooks Commentary)

Arkansas, true to our tradition, has languished as the rest of the nation moves toward a clean-energy future. While the rest of the country is transitioning away from coal-fired electricity, Arkansas has opened two coal-fired power plants in the past five years to join its three older coal-fired power plants. read more >

Mentoring and Entrepreneurship (James Wilbanks Commentary)

Mentoring and Entrepreneurship (James Wilbanks Commentary)

For close to 40 years now, mentoring in the workplace has been examined extensively in hundreds of peer-reviewed studies. The results of these studies demonstrate many benefits to the career success of the protege, the career of the mentor and the organizations that encourage informal mentoring or have developed formal mentoring programs. read more >

Land of Opportunity? (Editorial)

Land of Opportunity? (Editorial)

Utility officials and others say the only way Arkansas can meet the EPA goals is by closing a coal-fired plant or two, action that would hurt Arkansas' economy. Regulation is a job killer, they say. read more >