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Costa Visits Fresno PPE Maker, Talks Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Bill
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By Jim Jakobs, Digital Producer
Published 4 years ago on
June 22, 2020

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To see local CARES act funding at work, Congressman Jim Costa toured a Fresno business that switched out operations due to the pandemic.

Total Concept Enterprises in southeast Fresno switched from manufacturing fasteners and metal fabrications to developing plastic safety partitions.

“Let’s support the home team,” said Costa, a Fresno Democrat. “We’ve learned that we are over reliant on a supply chain that involves the most important aspects of our lives: health and safety from foreign sources.”

The CARES Act, the third coronavirus relief package signed into law, sent $2 trillion dollars in relief to critical industries, small business owners, and American families. Total Concept Enterprises used some of that money to change direction and provide workplace safety materials to combat the pandemic.

$1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Forthcoming

GV Wire℠ asked Costa about a possible infrastructure bill coming out of Congress.

“In many ways prior to this pandemic, we were living on the investments our parents and grandparents made a generation ago,” said Costa. “We’re talking about transportation. We’re talking about water. We’re talking about schools.

Costa says the American Society of Civil Engineers believes the real price tag to get our infrastructure caught up is between $2 trillion and $3 trillion.

“We are going to be introducing legislation next week — a Democratic House proposal — that will be about $1.5 trillion. Maybe a little more or less,” said Costa. “I’ve been trying to get a medical school here (in the Valley) for years. A medical school would make a big difference.”

Buying Local PPE

California’s Manufacturing Network advocates for local businesses. CMTC strongly urges people and businesses to try to buy products from local companies.

“All businesses, government agencies, churches, nonprofits, and schools need to buy PPE,” said CMTC’s Craig Scharton. “If they purchase their PPE from local manufacturers, they’ll help to keep business running, employees working, and our public services funded.”

CMTC provided a list of Central Valley companies making PPE:

 

PPE Providers-An Inexhausitve List
Country Plastics Ear Savers jay.ayres@countryplastics.net  www.countryplastics.net 559-597-2556
Blue Dolphin/Pi Shop Face Shields, Covid Cubilces (clear cubicles) Kent.Pelisari@thepishop.org  www.pishop.org 559-481-5004
Snowflake Designs Fabric Masks ladonna@snowflakedesigns.com https://www.snowflakedesigns.com 888-509-6234
CTEC High School Face Shields jdelano@fcoe.org www.fcoe.org 559443-4861
Precision Plastics Face Shields fwalker@precisionplasticsinc.com https://www.precisionplasticsinc.com/ 1-800-955-8910
Dumont Printing Face Shields/Floor Safety Decals/Safety Posters/Sneeze Gaurds & Counter Shields brendaf@DumontPrinting.com www.dumontprinting.com 1-800-248-6311
First Fold Tie Dye Cloth Masks firstfoldtiedye@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/firstfoldtiedye 559-485-1416
Uppitees Fashions and Designs Cloth Masks uppiteesfashions@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/uppiteesfashions 559-859-1924
KLSD Cloth Masks https://www.klsd.shop https://www.klsd.shop/ 559-286-5331
Whole Earth Laboratories Commercial Strength Cleaning Solutions https://www.welaboratories.com/ www.welaboratories.com 415-419-5027
Total Concept Enterprises Clear Plastic Space Dividers sales@totalconceptent.com www.totalconceptent.com 559.485.8413
Wells Upholstery Cloth Masks evonne@wellsupholstery.com www.wellsupholtery.com 559-265-2511
Monster City Studios Face Shields jamesp@monstercitystudios.com
denim@monstercitystudios.com
www.monstercitystudios.com 559.498.0540
Riley’s Brewing Hand Sanitizer cecilia@rileysbrewing.us www.rileysbrewing.us 559-673-8021
AlphaGraphics Space Dividers/Safety Posters/Social Distance Floor Decals https://www.alphagraphics.com 559-476-2900
Fresno IdeaWorks Face Shields janelleo@fresnoideaworks.org https://fresnoideaworks.wildapricot.org/ (559) 840-8749
Professional Print and Mail Safety Signage https://www.printfresno.com/ (800) 654-7468
Craig Scharton, Client Advisor
CMTC-Central Valley
559-281-9129
cscharton@cmtc.com
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