OCBC AND LABOR COMMEND CALTRANS PLAN TO IMPROVE I-405 Jul 25, 2014 09:04PM

IRVINE, Calif., July 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orange County Business Council (OCBC) and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council (LA/OC BCTC) jointly commend the decision made by Caltrans today to move forward with I-405 traffic improvement plan "Alternative 3", adding new general purposes lanes promised under Orange County voter-approved Measure M, as well as new express lanes, on one of America's busiest corridors. Alternative 3 reduces congestion by moving the most people and the most cars through the corridor than any other plan. The express lanes would be built in the future after funding is identified by Caltrans, but not with Measure M funds. This decision authorizes OCTA to begin construction of the general purpose lanes in 2015. "As a longtime advocate for a Southern California express lane system, OCBC commends the decision made by Caltrans today and encourages continued coordination with OCTA and TCA to ensure efficiency of scarce resources and tax dollars," said Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, OCBC. "We welcome a thoughtful express lane system that connects with surrounding counties, including I-110, I-10 and SR-91 express lanes, as well as South Orange County's toll road system SR-261, 241 and 73. The county's future depends on a robust transportation network that accommodates a growing population, a recovering economy, and a thriving tourism industry." "Speaking for tens of thousands of skilled construction workers living in Orange County, we welcome this forward-looking decision," said Jim Adams, Orange County Representative for the LA/OC BCTC. "This will generate thousands of career-track jobs for the Building Trades; it will also improve the quality of life for our families and neighbors by streamlining transportation and adding new options." OCTA's own comprehensive study evaluating options to alleviate congestion on the freeway recognized Alternative 3 as the fastest, most cost-efficient option. Adding express lanes, in addition to free lanes, is projected to allow about 2,300 more vehicles an hour than if just adding one free lane in each direction. Travel times through the corridor are also expected to be reduced by up to 28 minutes in general lanes, and estimated 13 minutes in the express lanes. The project has the potential to generate upwards of 27,000 California jobs, while potentially adding a self-sustaining funding source for future mobility improvements benefiting Orange County and the I-405 corridor. About OCBC:

Orange County Business Council is the leading voice of business in Orange County, California. OCBC represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County's economic development and prosperity in order to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC serves member and investor businesses with nearly 250,000 employees and 2,000,000 worldwide. In providing a proactive forum for business and supporting organizations, OCBC helps assure the financial growth of America's sixth largest county. For more information, visit www.ocbc.org. About the LA/OC BCTC:

The Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council represents 140,000 skilled construction workers in 48 local unions and district councils. The Council's locals offer lifelong careers, with competitive pay, good benefits and secure retirement, for those who want a bright future without attending college. The Building Trades apprenticeships serve thousands of diverse Orange County residents in fields such as electrical work, roofing, sheet metal, heavy equipment operating, plumbing, pipe fitting, iron work, cement masonry, plastering, insulation, demolition, painting, floor laying, glazing and elevator construction. A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=26733

CONTACT: Delaine Moore, Communications Manager, 949.794.7220
Source: Orange County Business Council


OCBC AND LABOR COMMEND CALTRANS PLAN TO IMPROVE I-405 Jul 25, 2014 09:04PM

IRVINE, Calif., July 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orange County Business Council (OCBC) and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council (LA/OC BCTC) jointly commend the decision made by Caltrans today to move forward with I-405 traffic improvement plan "Alternative 3", adding new general purposes lanes promised under Orange County voter-approved Measure M, as well as new express lanes, on one of America's busiest corridors. Alternative 3 reduces congestion by moving the most people and the most cars through the corridor than any other plan. The express lanes would be built in the future after funding is identified by Caltrans, but not with Measure M funds. This decision authorizes OCTA to begin construction of the general purpose lanes in 2015. "As a longtime advocate for a Southern California express lane system, OCBC commends the decision made by Caltrans today and encourages continued coordination with OCTA and TCA to ensure efficiency of scarce resources and tax dollars," said Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, OCBC. "We welcome a thoughtful express lane system that connects with surrounding counties, including I-110, I-10 and SR-91 express lanes, as well as South Orange County's toll road system SR-261, 241 and 73. The county's future depends on a robust transportation network that accommodates a growing population, a recovering economy, and a thriving tourism industry." "Speaking for tens of thousands of skilled construction workers living in Orange County, we welcome this forward-looking decision," said Jim Adams, Orange County Representative for the LA/OC BCTC. "This will generate thousands of career-track jobs for the Building Trades; it will also improve the quality of life for our families and neighbors by streamlining transportation and adding new options." OCTA's own comprehensive study evaluating options to alleviate congestion on the freeway recognized Alternative 3 as the fastest, most cost-efficient option. Adding express lanes, in addition to free lanes, is projected to allow about 2,300 more vehicles an hour than if just adding one free lane in each direction. Travel times through the corridor are also expected to be reduced by up to 28 minutes in general lanes, and estimated 13 minutes in the express lanes. The project has the potential to generate upwards of 27,000 California jobs, while potentially adding a self-sustaining funding source for future mobility improvements benefiting Orange County and the I-405 corridor. About OCBC:

Orange County Business Council is the leading voice of business in Orange County, California. OCBC represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County's economic development and prosperity in order to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC serves member and investor businesses with nearly 250,000 employees and 2,000,000 worldwide. In providing a proactive forum for business and supporting organizations, OCBC helps assure the financial growth of America's sixth largest county. For more information, visit www.ocbc.org. About the LA/OC BCTC:

The Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council represents 140,000 skilled construction workers in 48 local unions and district councils. The Council's locals offer lifelong careers, with competitive pay, good benefits and secure retirement, for those who want a bright future without attending college. The Building Trades apprenticeships serve thousands of diverse Orange County residents in fields such as electrical work, roofing, sheet metal, heavy equipment operating, plumbing, pipe fitting, iron work, cement masonry, plastering, insulation, demolition, painting, floor laying, glazing and elevator construction. A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=26733

CONTACT: Delaine Moore, Communications Manager, 949.794.7220
Source: Orange County Business Council


Introducing New Sustainable Label Printing from Rippedsheets.com Jul 25, 2014 09:01PM

Benton City, WA (PRWEB) July 25, 2014

When presented with printing a label, first the designer should ask if the label printer uses renewable energy or utilize other sustainable solutions. This can greatly reduce the environmental footprint of a label printer, like Rippedsheets.com in Tricities, WA.

For a printed label there are steps one can take to reduce the environmental footprint. The following are helpful when making these decisions:

Working with local vendors

Doing business with nearby vendors helps support the local economy and reduces ozone-depleting emissions from shipping. Hire printers less than 100 miles of final destination to limit transportation carbon footprint.

Rippedsheets.com is located less than 100 miles from the Tricities, Prosser, Yakima, Wenatchee, and Walla Walla, WA as well as from Pendleton, Boardman and Hermiston, OR.

Ask Rippedsheets.com to optimize the label size for the size of the press sheet and/or web to minimize waste that utilizes more resources than prudent.

Labels made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper is best. This is made with paper from recycling programs, which reduces paper headed to landfills and eliminates the need for cutting trees. Each ton of 100% post-consumer recycled fiber that replaces a ton of virgin fiber saves between 12 and 24 trees. Ask Rippedsheets.com about 100% recycled paper labels.

Ask Rippedsheets.com for labels that comply with the Stewardship Council (FSC), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) for children, California Proposition 65.

Poly label considerations

Poly labels can contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Therefore, EU safety compliant poly labels are the most eco-friendly option available.

Rippedsheets has RoHS, WEEE, CONEG, and REACH which reduce heavy metals in label products to make the media safe.
Also Rippedsheets.com has US Consumer Protection Child Safety Law under 12 years old verified poly labels.

Label Printing

Electronic files are accepted in order to reduce materials use (non-reusable media) and fuel in transporting. Rippedsheets.com also has a formal waste reduction policy and tracks their waste. They also have a formal eco-preferable purchasing policy in operation. RoHS and REACH compliant digital printing toners are used for print jobs.

Other Inks and coatings

Rippedsheets.com uses water based Flexo inks and aqueous coatings which contain less VOCs and IPA solvents than traditional petroleum-based inks. Vegetable-based inks are also easier to clean up and to de-ink, which makes the printed product easier to recycle. Label printing presses are cleaned with water-based cleaners and low VOC cleaners.

Eco-Designing Labels

Minimizing ink coverage is another step to creating a more eco-friendly piece. This reduces label media used and avoiding full bleeds reduces ink and media use as well.

Rippedsheets.com uses Water-based aqueous coatings are the most environmentally-friendly option for a protective layer.

Packaging

Rippedsheets.com uses recycled packaging materials and packages are packed to fill the container to reduce its shipping volume with the carrier. Better packed shipping cartons reduce freight costs beginning in 2015.

For more information about sustainable printing, or for any label need, visit the website or call the customer service specialists at 1-888-791-9590.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12049288.htm


Affordable Insurance from Statewide Companies Now Showcased by Insurer Website Online Jul 25, 2014 09:01PM

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) July 25, 2014

One of the difficult tasks that a consumer conducts independently is the search for insurance pricing in the U.S. New changes made at the Quotes Pros company website are making it simple to find national coverage plan pricing online. Affordable insurance from statewide companies is now available to review at http://quotespros.com.

The expansion into providing a new source of research for consumers this year is based on feedback received recently from current website visitors. The initial search system installed in 2013 supplied local car insurance prices through a coordinated network. The new changes have been processed to add providers from all 50 states.

"The less expensive plans for insurance coverage that are available for a person to access inside of our system are policies that are underwritten entirely in the U.S.," said a Quotes Pros company source.

The state level packages that are available are not limited to liability, full coverage or other regular forms of automobile insurance. National pricing for life, business, renters and homeowner plans is currently available through the unique zip code finder that is installed for use.

"We do not ask a person to submit personal data using our system and rely only on the zip code format to present the best state rates based on the precise location of a consumer," added the source.

The Quotes Pros company is helping to change that ways that consumers find competitive rates in the American insurance industry. New providers are now being researched for future inclusion in the company system. A new batch of warranty specific providers for automobiles can be found visiting http://quotespros.com/warranty.

About QuotesPros.com

The QuotesPros.com company offers consumers with a straight method of locating insurance pricing through a defined resource on the Internet. The company team of researchers connects daily with different agencies across the U.S. to obtain price information. The QuotesPros.com company showcases all of its research tools from the homepage to make sure that any interested consumer has access to the types of data needed to make purchase decisions.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/affordable-insurance/auto-health-life-renters/prweb12049227.htm


General Insurance Price Finder Now Explores SR22 Quotes for Motorists to Review Online Jul 25, 2014 09:00PM

Miami, FL (PRWEB) July 25, 2014

Locating different company rates for vehicle related insurance packages is one of the most time consuming procedures that Americans complete independently, according to the QuotesPros.com website. A new exploration option is now installed to find SR22 quotes through the general insurance price finder at http://quotespros.com/auto-insurance.html.

The SR22 quotations that are now in place are supplied through a select list of companies that are underwriting plans for motorists in all 50 states. The risk level plans that are available are competitive with local agency rates that a person normally is presented with while conducting local research.

"We've opened up the general portion of our insurance website to help explore company packages that are available nationwide and that offer a way to sort through multiple rates," said a Quotes Pros source.

The finder that is installed is now setup to find SR22 and other coverage options from agencies that use zip codes to calculate rates based on U.S. locations. It is now possible for a person to find liability, non owner, high risk, full coverage and agreed value insurance plans easily by entering a zip code.

"The format that we've designed to supply consumers with insurance research options is location based and does not need typical VIN data or driver's license numbers to operate," said the source.

The Quotes Pros company will continue its support this year for American consumers who cannot find rates discounts using local agents. While the auto industry section of the company website is now complete, new sections that include life insurance and health insurance are now in beta testing mode at http://quotespros.com/life-insurance.html.

About QuotesPros.com

The QuotesPros.com company supplies rates information to consumers who research the vehicle insurance industry on the Internet. A programmed search tool is now present on the homepage that provides a quick research option to the public. The QuotesPros.com company helps American citizens to quote, compare or explore different insurer packages that are underwritten nationally for a variety of protection types.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/general-insurance/auto-insurance-rates/prweb12049231.htm


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