Manufacturing

Economist: Shortage of Skilled Workers Curbs Midwest Economy

Economist: Shortage of Skilled Workers Curbs Midwest Economy

An economist says a monthly survey suggests the economy continued to expand in nine Midwest and Plains states last month but was hampered by shortages of skilled workers.
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Trump Joins Canada, Mexico Leaders to Sign New Trade Pact

President Donald Trump joined the leaders of Canada and Mexico at a global meeting in Argentina on Friday to sign a revised North American trade pact that he called "groundbreaking" and a benefit for "working people."
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Former Mid-American Employee Pleads Guilty to $800K Theft

Veronica Dillehay waived indictment and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court last week to one count of wire fraud in connection with stealing checks from her employer, Mid-American Manufacturing Corp. of Jonesboro.
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Accountant Stole Trust Plus $4M, Lawsuit Says

Accountant Edward M. Cooper Jr. occasionally asked for a few extra blank checks in case he made a mistake preparing payments for Roach Manufacturing Corp. in Trumann.
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Largest Commercial Projects in Arkansas Top $2.1B

This marks the fifth consecutive year that the roster of largest commercial construction projects in Arkansas topped $2 billion. The 2018 list consists of 160 projects around the state that represent a combined dollar total of $2.1 billion. read more >

Ready for the Minimum Wage Hike? (Trey Cooper Commentary)

Becoming more efficient may be helpful to employers in absorbing the initial shock of the increased minimum wage. read more >

Program Restores Grants For Inmates Pursuing Degrees

A federal program, whose Arkansas participants include Shorter College in Little Rock and Arkansas State University-Newport, provides need-based Pell Grants to state and federal prisoners through college partnerships. read more >

The Nature of The Beast (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

The pain to the individuals affected is real, but General Motors is merely behaving in the way corporations behave to be sustainably profitable over time. read more >

Tyson Foods, Lighthouse for Blind Among Military Vendors

South Arkansas is known for its military manufacturing, but a sampling of U.S Defense Department contracts this year shows a business impact statewide. read more >

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Leaders from a mix of business, nonprofit and policy sectors concluded the Arkansas Business Executive Leadership Academy on Oct. 26. read more >

GM to Slash Up to 14K Jobs in North America

General Motors will lay off up to 14,000 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles. read more >

Raytheon Sues Arkansas for $3.2M Refund in Income Taxes

A pair of lawsuits accuse the state of Arkansas of improperly charging missile maker Raytheon Co. more than $3 million in income taxes. read more >

Consolidated Pipe Bags Frito-Lay Site

A distribution warehouse, three houses and an office building form an all-Little Rock lineup of million-dollar real estate transactions. read more >

A Decade After Recession, Arkansas Timber Industry Reborn

The timber industry, the biggest employer in south Arkansas, has recovered in the decade since the Great Recession. That doesn't mean it will ever be the same. read more >

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