Manufacturing Archive

State Unemployment Unchanged at 3.7 Percent, Due to Revision

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/11/2019 09:36 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in January and unchanged from the previous month because December's rate was revised up, to 3.7 percent from 3.6 percent.

The Art of The Deficit (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/11/2019 12:00 am

The U.S. trade deficit in goods set a record last year, rising 10 percent to $891.3 billion. This despite President Donald Trump's efforts to narrow the gap, primarily through the implementation of tariffs. This is a good news/bad news/worse news situation.

From Potables to Pot, ABC Chief Doralee Chandler Stays Focused

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/11/2019 12:00 am

Doralee Chandler, the director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, says the “unknowns” in the state's new medical marijuana industry are challenging.

CoorsTek Breaks Ground on $26M Benton Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/7/2019 02:13 pm

CoorsTek Inc., a privately owned manufacturer of technical ceramic components headquartered in Golden, Colorado, broke ground Thursday on a $26 million, 50,000-SF expansion at its facility in Benton.

Survey Suggests More Economic Growth for Midwest, Plains

by Associated Press 3/1/2019 06:55 am

A new report says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index in February hit its highest level since September, signaling solid economic growth over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states, including Arkansas.

US Economic Growth Slows to 2.6 Percent Rate in 4Q

by Associated Press 2/28/2019 11:05 am

The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of last year to an annual growth rate of 2.6 percent, the slowest pace since the beginning of 2018, as the government shutdown and other factors took a toll on growth. Economists believe growth has slowed even more in the current quarter.

OK Foods Puts Illinois Supplier On Ice

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2019 12:00 am

OK Foods Inc. of Fort Smith has sued its dry ice supplier for allegedly ruining more than 300,000 pounds of its poultry product.

Presenting the 31st Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2019 12:00 am

Arkansas Business honors the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards.

Population & Job Growth Shifts in Central Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2019 12:00 am

Job growth in central Arkansas exceeded population growth until about 2010.

As Prices Fall, Recyclers Add Clean to Being Green

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 2/25/2019 12:00 am

Recyclers doing business in Arkansas are educating customers, reworking contracts and focusing more on customer needs as the industry reels from low prices and the loss of a huge market.

Refurbished Cedar Corner Purchased for $1.45M (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 2/25/2019 12:00 am

Bapuji Vakkalagadda, through his VFAM Group Inc., bought Cedar Corner, a 20-unit apartment complex in Fayetteville.

NLRCVB Hires Specialist Janis Alexander (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2019 12:00 am

Janis Alexander has joined the North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau as an administrative specialist.

Stephanie Shine Sheds Light on Employment Retention Strategies

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2019 12:00 am

Stephanie Shine, the vice president for Robert Half Finance & Accounting, says soft skills are increasingly important for accounting professionals.

French Hill, Little Rock Port Mark First Part of $10.5M Expansion

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 2/21/2019 03:21 pm

U.S. Rep. French Hill joined the Little Rock Port Authority to celebrate the completion of the first phase of a two-phase, $10.5 million project that will make improvements to Slackwater Harbor, including a new dock with direct dock-to-rail capability and new rail storage.

A Champion of Solar Rises In South: Ouachita Electric

by Kyle Massey 2/18/2019 12:00 am

As CEO of Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corp. in Camden, Mark Cayce has seen the light, and it is solar. He has made sun power a cornerstone of innovative programs serving a high-tech corner of Arkansas: the defense manufacturing cluster in East Camden, home to a 12-megawatt solar array that was the largest in the state when it was built three years ago.

With Some Prime Help, An Entrepreneur Rises

by Kyle Massey 2/18/2019 12:00 am

With marketing visibility through Amazon.com and help from the online retailer's order fulfillment service, Cindy Green's Neurons Not Included has doubled sales nearly every year since 2012

How to Grow Your Tax Dollars (Rodney Showmar Commentary)

by Rodney Showmar 2/18/2019 12:00 am

Twenty-five other states specifically allow public funds to be deposited in NCUA-insured credit unions — unlike Arkansas, which limits access to public funds to banks only.

Bhattacharyya to Lead A-State Engineering, Computer Science College

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2019 11:12 am

Abhijit Bhattacharyya has been appointed as the inaugural dean for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Arkansas State University.

Roseburg Wraps Up $92M Del-Tin Plant Purchase in El Dorado

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2019 09:57 am

Roseburg Forest Products and PotlatchDeltic Corp. complete the purchase and sale of the assets of the PotlatchDeltic subsidiary Del-Tin Fiber LLC, including its plant in El Dorado.

Big Deals of 2018 Skyrocket in Arkansas by 267 Percent

by Jan Cottingham 2/11/2019 12:00 am

The value of big deals in Arkansas leaped to $53.9 billion in 2018, a 267 percent increase over the $14.7 billion figure of 2017.