Industries

Industries in Arkansas: (Courtesy Arkansas Business)

Can you name 10 Arkansas-based businesses? Do you know any fun facts about industries in Arkansas? Impress your friends with your knowledge of Arkansas corporations and industries.

Acxiom Corp - In addition to being considered one of the best companies to work for, Acxiom Corporation of Little Rock is one of the leading information management services providers.

Arkansas Best Corporation - Arkansas Best Corporation is a motor carrier and intermodal transportation company with 15,000 employees throughout the United States.

Bank of the Ozarks - Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock is among the largest banks in Arkansas.

Dillard's Inc. - Beginning with a small store in Howard County in 1938, Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock has become one of the top department store chains in the country.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc - Born from the husband-wife team of J.B. and Johnelle Hunt, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. is a $2 billion leader among trucking and freight companies.

Murphy Oil Corporation - Having begun in southwest Arkansas in the early 1900s, Murphy Oil Corporation has become one of the world's most successful oil companies.

The Stephens Group - It is impossible to overstate the statewide influence and importance of the Stephens Group, which includes Stephens Inc. and the Stephens Media Group.

Tyson Foods Inc. - Now the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, Tyson Foods began with a single truck shipping Arkansas chickens to Chicago in 1935.

USA Truck Inc. - USA Truck Inc. is the No. 3 trucking company in the state, hauling goods throughout North America.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. - From its famously humble beginnings as a single store in Rogers in 1962, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has risen to become the world's largest company with more than $246 billion in revenue.

More Fun Facts about Arkansas Corporations

  • Bentonville is home base of Walmart, the world's largest retail chain.
  • POM Incorporated of Russellville is the originator of metered parking. The company is descended from the inventor of the parking meter.
  • Tyson's, Inc., headquartered in Springdale, is the world's largest poultry producing plant.
  • Stephens Incorporated in Little Rock is the largest off-Wall Street investment firm in the country.
  • Forrest Wood, born and raised in Flippin, is famous for designing and building the Ranger Boat, America's No. 1 bass boat. Ranger Boats is headquartered in Flippin.
  • The Chrysler Town and Country, a classic auto known for its wood paneled doors, trunk and trim, was created at the West Helena Chrysler plant, right after World War II. Pekin Wood Products Company, one of the area's thriving lumber mills, was a division of Chrysler Corporation. The West Helena plant shipped the furnished products to Chrysler factories in Michigan where they were added to the automobiles. The plant closed in the 1950s.