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Casino places bets craft beer will be winner

Oklahoma tribe’s brewery seen as unique opportunity

Subscriber onlyDownstream Casino Resort in Quapaw, Okla., a hop, skip and a jump from Northwest Arkansas, is brewing its own craft beer, its latest move to lure customers with choice food and drink offerings as well as gambling. Continue reading...

Travel agency helps plan dream vacations

Its focus is high-tech, high-touch

Subscriber onlyIn the vacation business, January is a booking bonanza and Blue Sun Vacations is ready to capitalize on it. Continue reading...

Labor force ebb lifts state jobless rate

Subscriber onlyArkansas' unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.7 percent in November, in part because of a shrinking workforce, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services reported Friday. Continue reading...

U.K. maker of parts buys Micro Plastics operation in Flippin

Subscriber onlyArkansas plastic-maker Micro Plastics Inc. has been acquired by a component-maker based in the United Kingdom. Continue reading...

Expiring lease puts Keytronic in a bind

Plant wants to remain in Arkansas; options few

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE — Electronic-component maker Keytronic EMS is in a bit of a jam. Continue reading...

County buoys state income rankings

Subscriber onlyArkansas' ranking in per capita personal income has been from 41st to 43rd over the past five years, up significantly from 48th or 49th where it has languished for decades, primarily driven by Benton County, according to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Continue reading...

Bentonville gets first Rally's restaurant

Fast-food restaurant goes in at Wal-Mart Superstore, near retailer’s HQ

Subscriber onlyThe Bentonville Wal-Mart Supercenter, a stone's throw from the mega-retailer's home office, is now the home of the area's first Rally's restaurant. Continue reading...

At what cost glory? Work performance, UA-tied study hints

Subscriber onlyAwards like “Employee of the Month” likely won’t motivate workers as much as employers would want and in some cases do the opposite, according to a recent study. Continue reading...

Timber firm to acquire Arkansas-based Deltic; merged company will use El Dorado site as Southern hub

Subscriber onlyEl Dorado-based Deltic Timber Corp. is being purchased by Potlatch Corp. in an all-stock deal that will establish a combined company controlling about 2 million acres of timber in the southern U.S., Idaho and Minnesota, the companies announced Monday. Continue reading...

NW Arkansas apartments going up; vacancies to rise

Subscriber onlySome cities in Northwest Arkansas are steadily seeing apartment complexes spring up across the landscape, and the growth doesn't show signs of letting up. Continue reading...

In Arkansas, gun-sale splurge not seen

2 weapon dealers not expecting run

Subscriber onlyWhile mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas have typically resulted in increased gun sales nationally, some Arkansas firearms dealers say they don't anticipate a run on rifles or pistols until there's serious talk of legislation to restrict ownership of certain firearms or accessories. Continue reading...

Parties in Sager Creek's sale sued

Pay up, grower tells seller, buyer

Subscriber onlyDel Monte Foods Inc., the seller of Sager Creek Vegetable Co., and McCall Farms Inc., the buyer, are both being sued by a Mississippi vegetable grower that said it's owed nearly $1.2 million for its produce and neither party is paying up. Continue reading...

Siloam Springs plant to close, 238 jobs end

Subscriber onlyAn Arkansas vegetable production plant employing more than 230 workers is closing after owner Del Monte Foods said it's selling its subsidiary Sager Creek Vegetable to McCall Farms Inc. Continue reading...

Pump untethers lab animals

$1.4M grant helping firm develop tiny drug-delivery device

Subscriber onlyFayetteville-based SFC Fluidics Inc. received $1.4 million in research funding to develop a tiny, implantable, wireless pump to deliver drugs to small lab animals for use in medical testing. Continue reading...

Gunsmith to customize Glocks

Can rig out popular but plain handgun, Wilson Combat says

Subscriber onlyBERRYVILLE -- Wilson Combat -- known for its custom 1911 pistols made with metal frames, grips fashioned from exotic materials and hefty price tags -- is now offering custom gunsmithing work on Glock handguns. Continue reading...