Costa Visits Fresno PPE Maker, Talks Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Bill

Jun 22, 2020
Press Release
Jim Jakobs - GV Wire

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:

Country Plastics Ear Savers 559-597-2556    
Blue Dolphin/Pi Shop Face Shields, Covid Cubilces (clear cubicles) 559-481-5004    
Snowflake Designs Fabric Masks 888-509-6234    
CTEC High School Face Shields 559443-4861    
Precision Plastics Face Shields 1-800-955-8910    
Dumont Printing Face Shields/Floor Safety Decals/Safety Posters/Sneeze Gaurds & Counter Shields 1-800-248-6311    
First Fold Tie Dye Cloth Masks 559-485-1416    
Uppitees Fashions and Designs Cloth Masks 559-859-1924    
KLSD Cloth Masks 559-286-5331    
Whole Earth Laboratories Commercial Strength Cleaning Solutions 415-419-5027    
Total Concept Enterprises Clear Plastic Space Dividers 559.485.8413    
Wells Upholstery Cloth Masks 559-265-2511    
Monster City Studios Face Shields 559.498.0540    
Riley’s Brewing Hand Sanitizer 559-673-8021    
AlphaGraphics Space Dividers/Safety Posters/Social Distance Floor Decals 559-476-2900    
Fresno IdeaWorks Face Shields (559) 840-8749    
Professional Print and Mail Safety Signage (800) 654-7468