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What to Watch in 2023 (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Last year around this time, I identified a few business news items with implications for 2022. And with 2023 on the horizon, it’s time to do it again — and check on a couple of last year’s forecasts. read more >

Good News in the Making (Editorial)

Signs in Arkansas and elsewhere show U.S. manufacturing on the rebound — for now. read more >
Walmart plans to expand its DroneUp delivery network to 34 sites in six states.
Retail / Transportation

Sustainability Driving Walmart’s Drone Interest

Walmart has partnered with three drone companies in the past three years, and plans to expand its DroneUp delivery network this year. read more >
(From left) Vijay Manthripragada, CEO of Montrose Environmental Group; Tony Aquila, CEO of Canoo Inc.; and Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart.

Transplanted Executives Dominate Pay ListLock Icon

Two companies that recently moved their headquarters to Arkansas passed Walmart in executive compensation, but not profitability. read more >
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Expressions of Confidence in Arkansas (Editorial)

Three developments last week showed expressions of confidence in Arkansas’ future, always welcome but particularly so during the blistering days of summer. read more >
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Canoo Wins $67K Army Contract

The company will supply an electric vehicle for analysis and demonstration. read more >
Steel coils on display during a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of U.S. Steel's new $3 billion mill in Osceola, Arkansas. 
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With Steel, State Lures Interlocking IndustriesLock Icon

Like all kinds of constructors, Arkansas economic developers have learned that steel offers a sturdy base to build on. read more >
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A New Route to Wall Street (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Many of us hadn’t heard of special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, until last year, when they were suddenly everywhere. read more >
Manufacturing / Public Companies / Real Estate / Retail

Canoo CEO Tony Aquila Talks Vehicle Design, Vision for Market at NWA Council Meeting

He also revealed the address of the company's new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Bentonville. read more >
A map showing the location of Envirotech's planned manufacturing facility in Osceola 

Envirotech to Open EV Facility in Osceola, Employ 800

Envirotech Vehicles Inc. of Corona, California, says it will open a manufacturing facility on Ohlendorf Road in Osceola that will employ 800 people. read more >
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Arkansas’ Mobility Moment (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Arkansas has long been a leader in transportation, and the governor wants the state to enhance that reputation. read more >
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What to Watch in 2022 (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

A flurry of November news has implications for Arkansas business and politics next year. read more >
One of Canoo's all-electric multi-purpose delivery vehicles, which the company announced in December 2020. It said the vehicle would start at about $33,000.
Manufacturing / Transportation

EV Company Canoo to Move HQ to Bentonville, Employ 500 In Arkansas

Electric automaker Canoo Inc. says it will move its headquarters to northwest Arkansas, pledging to employ more than 500 people in Benton and Washington counties. read more >