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    Arkansas Business: Tyson Foods, Ark. Business of the Year

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) -- Tyson Foods of Springdale remaining optimistic about the coming year, despite a challenging second quarter.

    That was the message company COO James Lochner told investors at the Goldman Sachs Annual Agribusiness Conference in New York.

    Tyson shares were was down close to 4.0 percent on Tuesday morning as the company battles the declining value of beef. Still, Lochner said the company has a positive outlook for the remainder of the fiscal year.

    Tyson's also saw challenges in its pork business, but expects that area to improve "in the back half of the year."

    And last night was our 25th annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards ceremony.

    More than 800 nonprofit and business executives representing businesses and organizations from throughout Arkansas were at the Statehouse Convention Center last night for the awards.

    The winners in our three business categories are: Buffalo Outdoor Center of Ponca, All-Clean USA of Jonesboro, and Tankersley Foodservice Inc. of Van Buren.

    Our nonprofit organization of the year is Economics Arkansas of Little Rock.

    Our nonprofit executive of the year is Brian Itzkowitz, of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.

    And our business executive of the year is Sam Alley, of VCC in Little Rock.

    Arkansas Business readers nominate companies and people for the awards, and an independent panel of judges decide the winners, based on company performance and executive achievements.

    You can see all the winners, including video from last night's event, later this morning on ArkansasBusiness.com.

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