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Poultry Firms Ask Judge to Dismiss Ruling Over Watershed Pollution

A group of poultry producers, including Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale, are asking a federal judge to dismiss his ruling that they polluted an Oklahoma watershed. read more >
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Private Companies See Solid Revenue Growth for 2022

Mountaire Corp. of Little Rock remained the largest private company headquartered in Arkansas as measured by revenue in fiscal 2022. read more >
Jim Hendren
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8th Circuit Court Ruling Favors Rehab Program

The ruling overturned a $1.6 million class-action judgment in 2020 against Hendren Plastics Inc. read more >
Doug Hendrix, left, and his brother David Hendrix own Summerwood Partners LLC of Bryant, which owns convenience store chain Big Red and this year ranked No. 5 for revenue growth among the largest private companies in Arkansas.
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2021: A Good Year for Big Private CompaniesLock Icon

For most of the businesses on this year’s list of Arkansas’ 75 largest private companies, top-line revenue in 2021 was significantly better than in 2019, before any of us had heard of COVID-19. read more >
Casey Owens, a University of Arkansas poultry science professor,  is looking for ways to prevent “woody breast,” a defect that leaves breast meat with a tougher texture and often a pale color.  
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Poultry Research Yields Scientific NuggetsLock Icon

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is researching ways to prevent or alleviate a defect called "woody breast" that has become more prevalent since 2014. read more >
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MFA Oil Co. Buys Simmons Foods’ Propane Business

MFA Oil Co., a farmer-owned energy supply cooperative, buys Simmons Energy Solutions, the propane business of Simmons Foods Inc. of Siloam Springs. read more >
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Tyson Foods to Test Benton, Washington County Employees for COVID-19

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale says it will conduct facility-wide testing for COVID-19 at its processing facilities and other operations in Benton and Washington counties. read more >
A rendering of the Doctors Building as its new owners envision it in midtown Little Rock.
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Doctors Building Getting Some Work Done

A new all-Arkansas ownership and management team has a 21st-century vision for one of Little Rock’s history-making medical buildings, the 1962-vintage Doctors Building in midtown. read more >
Tim Steadman, a Little Rock attorney, represents about 175 members of the plaintiff class in a fair wage case against DARP and Hendren Plastics.
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Recovery Patients’ No-Pay Work Comes Back to Haunt HendrenLock Icon

A Washington County judge offered Levi Crowe a choice in 2016: a drug recovery program or jail. It was an easy choice, but Crowe had no idea that recovery would include working full time for no pay. read more >
Cooks Venture is raising heirloom birds like these on farms developed by Lloyd Peterson years ago in Benton County.
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Super Chickens Reviving Big Name in PoultryLock Icon

Blake Evans, the last CEO of Peterson Farms before selling all broiler operations to Simmons Foods Inc. of Siloam Springs in 2008, has hitched the family legacy to a new partnership: a startup headed by a co-founder of the meal-order service Blue Apron. read more >
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Acquisitions Alter List of 75 Largest Private Companies in ArkansasLock Icon

The departures of five companies that were acquired in the past year made room at the bottom of the list for companies that had not made the cutoff last year — or ever. The price of entry to the list? $100 million read more >
Chickens on Cooks Venture’s 800-acre farm in Decatur (Benton County). The company, led by Blue Apron co-founder and chef Matthew Wadiak, expects to have their heirloom pasture-raised chicken available direct to consumers and on store shelves starting in July.
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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plan, It’s Superchicken!

Matthew Wadiak, co-founder of the meal service Blue Apron, is thinking outside the box — and outside the cage. read more >
Renderings of Southwest High School, the Little Rock School District’s first new high school in 50 years, show an aerial view.
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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 >
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Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation to Examine Poultry Operations

A new council will study the expansion of poultry operations in northeastern Oklahoma as some residents in the region complain of pollution from such facilities. read more >
Trenia Miles, who oversees the state’s adult education programs, says the overall mission is to prepare “a viable workforce for Arkansas employers.”
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Adult Education Becomes Key to Arkansas WorkforceLock Icon

Through initiatives like WAGE, the state’s Adult Education Centers teach work readiness skills to the unemployed and underemployed. Last fiscal year, 2,000 Arkansans earned WAGE certificates. read more >
Jim Hendren
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Jim Hendren Ends Company’s Contract With Rehab Program

The top Republican in the Arkansas Senate said Tuesday that his company terminated its agreement with a drug rehabilitation program after accusations workers provided by the nonprofit were unpaid. read more >
Todd Simmons
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Simmons Foods to Build New $300M Chicken Plant in Benton County

Simmons Prepared Foods Inc. of Siloam Springs said Wednesday that it will spend $300 million on a new chicken facility that will create about 1,500 jobs in Benton County. The company said the facility will produce fresh and frozen chicken products for retail and restaurant customers. read more >
An employee of Simmons Foods monitors cans for inspection.
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Simmons Foods Hurt by Slight Miscalculation

A “fateful miscalculation” resulted in Simmons Foods Inc.’s missing out on more than $1 million for attorneys’ fees and damages in a lawsuit against its insurance carriers, according to a ruling by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. read more >
Todd Simmons
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Simmons Foods Eyes 78 New Jobs at Siloam Springs

Simmons Foods Inc. on Monday marked the grand opening of its new 72,000-SF ingredient facility in Siloam Springs, a $30 million facility that the company expects will create 78 jobs. read more >
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EDA Awards $1.4M in Grants to Northwest Arkansas

The Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce announces a trio of grants totaling $1.4 million to three recipients in northwest Arkansas. read more >