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THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- TETRA Technologies, Inc. ("TETRA" or the "Company") (NYSE: TTI) today announced that Tim Moeller, Senior Vice-President Chemicals and Supply Chain, has been assigned to lead the Company's initiatives involving its industrial products and key mineral resources in the Company's Arkansas brine leases to support carbon capture and advances in energy storage and battery production.

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FRANKLIN, Tenn., Jan. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Pet parents have spent more quality time than ever with their dogs and cats during the pandemic - including more than 11 million(1) households in the U.S. that welcomed a new pet this past year. The increased time spent together has led to shifts in pet parent behaviors, as noted in the Mars Petcare, Pets in a Pandemic: BETTER CITIES FOR PETS 2020 Report. Many pet parents have tried new types and varieties of food for their dogs and cats which has contributed to growth in the wet food category. To meet this growing demand, Mars Petcare will invest $145 million to expand its manufacturing facility located in Fort Smith, Ark.

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SPRINGDALE, Ark., Jan. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- "What's for dinner?" has taken on an entirely new meaning over the last year with more people cooking at home. New flavors of Tyson(®) Instant Pot(®) Kits, Tyson(®) Instant Pot(®) Seasoned Proteins and Tyson(®) Oven Ready Family Size Kits are just what families need to ease the burden and cooking fatigue--protein-packed, mouthwatering meals offering that made from scratch taste without the effort.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- For the sixth straight year, the last week of January has been officially recognized as Arkansas School Choice Week by the state's governor. This year, Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proclamation for the Week recognizes that every child in Arkansas deserves access to an effective education, and it is important for parents to explore and identify the best learning option for their child.

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SPRINGDALE, Ark., Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Rockline Industries announced that the Arkansas Department of Labor has recognized its Springdale, Ark. campus with an award for exceptional safety, achieving 13 million safe work hours without a lost time accident (LTA) on Dec. 2, 2020. This milestone puts Rockline Industries' Northwest Arkansas (NWA) facility in elite company. This accomplishment has only been achieved one other time since Arkansas began recognizing workplace safety in 1976.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- BankLabs is offering free access to Participate, its loan participation automation platform, to help financial institutions manage the influx of PPP loans. This is a historic time for banks that are actively working to serve their communities by processing paycheck protection program loan applications as quickly as possible. To manage loan limits and their balance sheet, banks may participate some of their PPP loans out. By using Participate, financial institutions can cut down on the paperwork and process their own loans faster while also quickly selling or buying participations with other financial institutions.

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FORT SMITH, Ark., Jan. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcBest(®) (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, today announced that Tim Thorne, president of ArcBest less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight(®), will retire effective June 30, 2021, after a 31-year career with the company.

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FORT SMITH, Ark., Jan. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcBest(®) (Nasdaq: ARCB) will announce its fourth quarter 2020 financial results prior to the opening market on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. A conference call with company executives will be held that day at 9:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. CT) to discuss these results. Interested parties are invited to listen by calling (800) 747-0365.

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SPRINGDALE, Ark., Jan. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Jimmy Dean(®) brand, maker of America's favorite protein breakfast(1), and part of the Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) portfolio of brands, is meeting the growing demand for meat alternative options with the launch of two new sandwiches featuring a plant-based patty: Jimmy Dean(®) Plant-Based Patty, Egg & Cheese Croissant Sandwich and Jimmy Dean Delights(®) Plant-Based Patty & Frittata Sandwich.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Capital Wealth Partners and Trent Capital Management, two independent, Arkansas-based wealth management firms, announced today that they have merged to form one of the largest independent Registered Investment Advisory firms in the state. The merged firm, which will have over $525,000,000 in assets under management and advisement and in-force life insurance of over $2.5 billion, will be known as Legacy Capital. Headquarters will remain in Little Rock. The merger became official on Dec. 31, 2020.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., Dec. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Artist Evolution (TAE), a growing strategic marketing & campaign management operation with locations in Atlanta, Northwest Arkansas, and New York City, is inviting qualified entrepreneurs and leaders in transition to consider partnering with its brand. Headquartered in Arkansas, the agency recently expanded to Atlanta and is continuing the expansion in several other areas of the United States. In a focus to foster an environment which reflects the values of agency, TAE is offering up to $250,000 in partnership opportunities for qualified women and minorities. This, to ensure diverse perspectives are represented throughout their business leadership in emerging markets.

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FORT SMITH, Ark., Dec. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, is pleased to announce that Tim Thorne, president of ArcBest LTL carrier ABF Freight®, has been honored with the 2020 Herbert Metzger Service Award.

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Dec. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- First Orion, a leading provider of communication transparency solutions, today announced the results of its "Annual Scam Call Report", revealing a substantial year-over-year increase in consumers that fell victim to phone scams. The company commissioned a blind survey of 1,000 mobile phone users in the United States, and while consumers said that their scam call volume hasn't substantially increased in 2020, the effectiveness of these calls has - in a big way. Compared to 2019, scammers were 270% more successful in getting personal information from victims in 2020. More information highlighting the "Annual Scam Call Report" survey findings can be read here.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Dec. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The STARR Coalition (www.thestarr.org), a non-profit committed to supporting mental health clinical research, today announced the winners of the STARR of Excellence 2020 Awards. The winning organizations are recognized for their outstanding work on behalf of mental health clinical research and advocacy.

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SPRINGDALE, Ark., Dec. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NOWDiagnostics, Inc. announced today that it has filed for expanded Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the ADEXUSDx® COVID-19 antibody test for point-of-care (POC)/CLIA waived testing. A prospective clinical trial of the ADEXUSDx® COVID-19 Antibody Test performed across three geographically diverse clinical sites demonstrated a high level of analytical performance using the test's revolutionary "touch-to-test" technology.

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SPRINGDALE, Ark., Dec. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- While it is the thought that counts, every holiday season people receive undesirable gifts that get regifted, or ultimately stuffed in a closet. According to a holiday consumer survey(1), over 81% of Americans say they receive an unwanted item for the holidays every year. The survey also shows more than half would rather have just one gift to make the holidays brighter: bacon.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Dec. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Birdwell Foundation for PTSD's Arkansas chapter has received $30,000 in CARES Act funding to help service Veterans in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Birdwell is among the 21 non-profit Veteran Service Organizations to receive this help from the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS). A total of $1,208,437 is being allocated by DHS to serve the behavioral health needs of Arkansas Veterans and their families.

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BENTON, Ark., Dec. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- HD Nursing has partnered with Infogain, a leading provider of technology solutions, to design, develop and build a secured database application, called SenseAI, to significantly enhance the service levels to the company's acute care customers. Over the past year, HD Nursing researched and reviewed many top database developers that specialize in securely handling health care data. The company selected Infogain due to several key factors. One of the project's core objectives was to enhance the ability to reliably collect, securely store, and properly analyze large amounts of data coming in from hundreds of thousands of input points in a variety of health care settings. Another core objective was to be able to manage the entire application internally. This project was a major initiative spearheaded by HD Nursing's Director of Clinical Operations, Erin Bush.

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SPRINGDALE, Ark., Dec. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NOWDiagnostics, Inc. announced today that study results for its ADEXUSDx® COVID-19 antibody test yielded encouraging test performance--providing a strong use case for the innovative diagnostic device, which was filed for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 29, 2020. The antibody test delivered 100 percent sensitivity and 100 percent specificity in a well-characterized 45 sample panel of COVID-19 positive and negative patient samples, provided by the Biodefense and Emerging Infections Research Resources Repository (BEI Resources) panel.

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EL DORADO, Ark., Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Polyethylene Containers, Inc (PCI), announces the acquisition of Rehrig Pacific's (RP) pail portfolio. The acquisition comes immediately after PCI's announcement of their new state-of-the-art 246,000 sq. ft. production facility in El Dorado, AR.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., Dec 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The newly-launched ObiiGo app is bringing the customer and independent repair facility together in unison to work together for the best pricing on the best repairs. Through ObiiGO's OBDII plug-in, the consumer can punch in the error codes and get the diagnostic read on the check engine light. From there the consumer can send off "bid requests" to participating repair and oil lube centers. Within 30 minutes the consumer will receive the bids based on time and value allowing the consumer to pick which bid satisfies not only their wallet but their schedule.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The average disparity in per-pupil funding between traditional public schools and their public charter school counterparts across 18 cities reached $7,796 per-pupil, according to a new report by a research team based at the University of Arkansas. Funding from local sources and an influx of nonpublic funding for traditional public schools were the main culprits for this disparity in education funding in the 2017-18 school year.

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EL DORADO, Ark., Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE: MUSA) is excited to announce that for 2020 a total of $1.55 million will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America through the 'Great Futures Fueled Here' cause campaign, going above and beyond the original goal of $500,000. Thanks to the efforts of the company's employees and customers, more funds will be going to support Boys & Girls Clubs in the same communities served by Murphy USA stores.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Venture Noire, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Black and minority entrepreneurs, today announced the completion of its initial program funded by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation and through The Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. With the grant, Venture Noire was able to provide programming and resources, including access to capital, to over 1,000 Black and minority owned startups nationwide. The organization has hosted 27 total events, worked with over 200 Black and minority entrepreneurs, and has helped to officially launch four new businesses which resulted in additional job creation. Venture Noire is now seeking to raise $5 million in its second fundraising cycle to launch two cohorts featuring up to 20 startups in order to further support this ecosystem of underrepresented founders in the US.

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OSCEOLA, Ark., Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Big River Steel announced today that it successfully started up the second phase of its Arkansas-based scrap metal recycling and flat-rolled steel production facility. The Phase Two expansion budgeted at $716 million will double Big River Steel's production capacity to 3.3 million tons annually.

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JONESBORO, Ark., Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Nice-Pak, a pioneer and the leading global producer of wet wipes, today announced plans to expand its manufacturing capacity at the company's Jonesboro facility, increasing employment by adding more than 300 associates by the end of 2021. The expansion is expected to more than double the company's capacity to produce disinfecting wipes and significantly increase capacity for other product groups.

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PINE BLUFF, Ark., Nov. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Simmons Bank has been named to Fortune's list of "100 Fastest-Growing Companies" for 2020, the only Arkansas-based company to make the list. Fortune's annual recognition seeks to identify "the world's best three-year performers in revenues, profits and stock returns," according to its website.

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OLDSMAR, Fla., Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation (AVECC) was founded in 1937 to deliver reliable, affordable electric service to rural Arkansas and Oklahoma residents. That same commitment has inspired AVECC's system-wide fiber buildout with the creation of WAVE Rural Connect. In order to support their expanded service offerings, AVECC has deployed the CARES Cloud Member Service Platform, an innovative ACD/IVR solution.

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CONWAY, Ark., Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Metova, a leading provider of custom software solutions for mobile, web, connected home and car, and Internet of Things (IoT) for the private and public sector today announced the results of a new blind survey of over 1000 people in the United States who have stayed at a hotel, resort, or casino in the past two years regarding their sentiment about COVID-19 practices, concerns, and technology in the hospitality industry.

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CONWAY, Ark., Nov. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Metova--a leading provider of mobile, web, connected home and car, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions--today announced it has attained a Gold Windows and Devices competency and a Silver Cloud Platform competency, demonstrating a "best-in-class" ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers' evolving needs in today's mobile-first, cloud-first world and distinguishing itself within a small percentage of Microsoft's partner ecosystem. A portfolio of competencies showcases that Metova is committed to focusing on in-demand business solution areas and to ensuring that it can meet the evolving needs of our mutual customers.

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FORT SMITH, Ark., Nov. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcBest(®) (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, today reported third quarter 2020 revenue of $795.0 million compared to third quarter 2019 revenue of $787.6 million. Third quarter 2020 operating income was $39.8 million compared to operating income of $31.2 million in the same period last year. Net income was $29.4 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, compared to third quarter 2019 net income of $16.3 million, or $0.62 per diluted share.

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FORT SMITH, Ark., Oct. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of ArcBest(®) (Nasdaq: ARCB) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of eight cents ($0.08) per share to holders of record of its Common Stock, $0.01 par value, on November 13, 2020, payable on November 27, 2020.

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers value convenience and the ability to use technology to contact their bank, but when it comes to being contacted, a phone call is still preferred. According to a new study released today by First Orion, a leading provider of communication transparency solutions, 92% of the 2,000 respondents said it was extremely or very important to be able to speak with a live person at their primary financial institution. Ironically, a staggering 66% of survey respondents report missing calls from their financial institution because they didn't recognize the phone number. The research report highlighting the findings of the survey "Financial Services Market Report" can be downloaded here.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Sam's Club announced it is partnering with DoorDash to offer same-day pharmaceutical delivery across the country. This first-of-its-kind pharmaceutical delivery experience from DoorDash covers more than 500 Sam's Club locations across 41 states in the U.S., and is powered exclusively through Drive, DoorDash's white-label fulfillment platform that powers direct delivery for business partners.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning November 1 through December 15, Arkansas residents may select Ambetter from Arkansas Health & Wellness for healthcare coverage statewide through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to place an extra emphasis on health, Arkansas Health & Wellness continues to offer a variety of health insurance offerings that are among the most affordable in the state.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Beverly Carter Foundation (BCF) is proud to introduce a three-part training series to assist leadership throughout the real estate industry in implementing sustainable safety strategies for their companies, associations, and employees year-round in order to prevent lone-worker tragedies and long-term harm. The new normal of COVID-19 restrictions, limited showings, increase of virtual communication, and one-on-one meetings are presenting new challenges. In order to support this safety initiative, BCF's first training, Leadership: Creating a Safety Culture Year-Round, will be held as a webinar Tuesday, October 27, 2020.