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US Economy Grew Solid 3.2% in Q4, a Slight Downgrade From Government’s Initial Estimate

U.S. growth has now topped 2% for six straight quarters, defying fears that high interest rates would tip the world’s largest economy into a recession.

UL Solutions Opens 100,000-SF Retail Product Lab in Lowell

The new lab aims to provide retailers with more dynamic and data-driven approaches to enhance product quality, performance and safety.

Joe Ford, Conway Regional Honored at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

Ford received the Legacy of Leadership award in honor of a career spanning business and the highest levels of government.

What Recession? Forecasters Raise Expectations for US Economy in 2024

Economists also more than doubled their estimates for the number of jobs gained across the economy this year.

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Robots and Happy Workers: Productivity Surge Helps Explain US Economy’s Surprising Resilience

The productivity boom marks a shift from the pre-pandemic years, when annual productivity growth averaged a tepid 1.5%. read more >
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Bringing In the Brine: South Arkansas Lithium Projects Face Engineering ChallengesLock Icon

Companies have invested hundreds of millions to create an Arkansas lithium industry, the infrastructure for which will be costly. read more >
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Polk Stanley Wilcox Announces 5 Promotions (Movers & Shakers)

The promotions are across the Little Rock and Fayetteville offices. read more >
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Westrock Partners With Dallas-Based Milk Cooperative on Bottle Facility

Westrock said the joint venture will provide its customers with a cost-effective and sustainable option for coffee-based ready-to-drink products in a format that includes dairy and dairy alternatives. read more >
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Heat Pump Maker Hydro-Temp Gets $10.9M Grant for Expansion

The company teamed up with Energy Catalyst of Watervliet, New York, on a proposed co-development to increase their annual heat pump production ten-fold. read more >
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Arcane Capital CEO Michael Hickmon Refuses to ‘Aim Lower’

Hickmon is the CEO of Arcane Capital Partners in Little Rock, a private investment firm founded in 2021. read more >
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Oil & Gas Commission to Revisit Lithium Royalties at April MeetingLock Icon

Companies working to extract commercial lithium products from underground brine are looking for price clarity. read more >
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Leisure & Hospitality Leads Job Growth in Central Arkansas

The two biggest drivers of job growth in central Arkansas in the last year have been in the sectors of leisure and hospitality and health and education, according to the […] read more >
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A History Lesson in Drilling

Robert Reynolds gives a living history of the oil and gas industry in south Arkansas, where the roots of his pioneer family reach back six generations. read more >
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Arkansas’ Biggest Deals in 2023 Total $29B

The No. 1 deal was Nippon Steel’s planned $14.9 billion purchase of U.S. Steel. read more >
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Biden Sets Tighter Standards for Deadly Soot Pollution From Tailpipes, Smokestacks

Business groups and Republican-leaning states are likely to challenge the rule in court. read more >
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Caddo Mountain Spring Water Sues Subcontractor Over Botched Well Project

The lawsuit alleges that Missouri-based Environmental Works Inc. didn't follow the manufacturer's instructions when installing a sealant, which caused the well to fail. read more >
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Where The Jobs Are: Strong Hiring in Most Industries Has Far Outpaced High-Profile Layoffs

Data provides compelling evidence that most companies, large and small, are confident enough in the economy to keep hiring. read more >
Lexicon Inc. of Little Rock is looking for more welders like Beau Bellamy.
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US Employers Add Robust 353,000 Jobs in January

The United States added more than 350,000 jobs in January, beating analysts expectations. read more >
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Stephens Group LLC Closes on Sale of Summit Industrial Construction LLC

Stephens Group LLC of Little Rock has closed on the sale of its portfolio company Summit Industrial Construction LLC of Houston, Texas. read more >
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EPA Awards Envirotech $8M for Electric School Buses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Envirotech Vehicles, Inc. more than $8M for 25 electric school buses. read more >
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Job Growth in Little Rock Metro Surpasses Pre-Pandemic Peak

More businesses are looking to hire — the challenge will be finding workers. read more >
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American Consumers Feeling More Confident Than They Have in Two Years

The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose for the third straight month. read more >
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Tyson Opens New $355M Bacon Plant in Kentucky

The facility uses high-tech robots to pack and stack boxes and move products, reflecting the company's growing emphasis on automation and efficiency. read more >
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Prisoners in the US are Part of a Hidden Workforce Linked to Hundreds of Popular Food Brands

With about 2 million people locked up, U.S. prison labor from all sectors has morphed into a multibillion-dollar empire, extending far beyond the classic images of prisoners stamping license plates, working on road crews or battling wildfires. read more >