Ozarks Business/Economy

Springfield-based Mother’s Brewing Company is now serving its beer in northwest Arkansas. As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, Monday’s announcement comes amid a series of events planned this week to help kick start the campaign.

The company believes they can sell between 3,000-5,000 barrels over the next few years in the region. That includes the cities of Fayetteville, Springdale, Lowell, Rogers, Bentonville, Bella Vista and Eureka Springs.

The average hourly wage in the Springfield metropolitan area was about 21 percent below the national average nearly a year ago. That’s according to May 2012 figures compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which were released Thursday. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has the details.

Before embarking upon his annual manufacturing trip throughout southwest Missouri, Congressman Billy Long Tuesday visited with business leaders in Springfield, where he applauded efforts to enhance economic growth. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.   

Gauging the situation of local defense contractors, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt was in Springfield Friday meeting with more than a dozen business leaders from around the region. KSMU’s Scott Harvey was in attendance and has this report.

Contractors of various items like suspension systems, security technologies and ground support services offered input during the roundtable discussion inside Springfield’s Army National Guard Armory.

A new report shows total passengers flying in and out of Springfield-Branson National Airport grew by 2.8 percent in 2012 from the previous year. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

While there were more passengers, revenue at the airport was basically flat because of fewer flights, says airport Spokesman Kent Boyd.

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