Republic Services, Inc is a waste management company. Once the third largest waste management firm in the United States, on June 23, 2008 it announced its intention to purchase its larger competitor Allied Waste Industries for US$6.1 billion in Republic Services stock. The merged company will retain the Republic name and become the second largest non-hazardous solid waste management company in the United States.With its acquisition, Republic inherited Allied Waste's extensive market, including more than 10 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across 128 major markets in 40 states and Puerto Rico. Together with Waste Management, Inc, it handles more than half of all garbage collection in the United States.On December 5, 2008, the merged Republic Services, Inc. relocated its corporate office from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Phoenix, Arizona and controls the following combined operations, compared here with their larger competitor Waste Management, Inc:Some of Republic's facilities may be closed or consolidated during the integration.On July 14, 2008, competitors Waste Management, Inc announced a $34 per share offer to acquire Republic Services. On July 18, 2008, the Republic Services board of directors announced that it would not enter negotiations with Waste Management and "remains committed to the Allied Waste transaction." On August 11, 2008, the bid was raised to $37 per share; this second offer was rejected on August 15, 2008. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 18, 2017
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With an estimated 109,000 young men and women not in school or the workforce – nearly 13 percent of youth – the Dallas metro area has one of the highest rates of youth disengagement in the nation1. In response, a national coalition of more than 50 leading U.S. companies known as the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will come together on Friday, May 19, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to host the Dallas Opportunity Fair – an unprecedented, day-long hiring event aimed at Opportunity Youth – 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in school or working. The event will feature recruiters and resources from top U.S. companies including Starbucks, FedEx, JCPenney, Pizza Hut, Chipotle, Delaware North, Republic Services, Domino’s, Sprinkles, Five Guys, Target, Hilton Worldwide, Teavana, HMSHost, T-Mobile, Ulta Beauty, Macy’s, Villa, Papa John’s, Walgreens and Walmart. Together, they are offering more than 1,700 guaranteed job interviews throughout the day for local positions, as well as the opportunity to connect with more than 30 job-readiness and social services, including resume writing, interview skills, and college and financial aid applications – making this the largest and most comprehensive opportunity youth hiring fair ever hosted in Texas. Based on past events in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle, the coalition expects to extend hundreds of immediate, on-the-spot job offers at the May 19 event. It will also look to sustain investment in Dallas over the next few years, partnering with local organizations to create ongoing impact. “FedEx is dedicated to helping young people gain the skills and career connections necessary to find available jobs on the path to starting their careers,” said Kim Dixon, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, FedEx Office. “We’re proud to be a founding member of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative coalition of leading companies and look forward to connecting with young talent in the Dallas area.” “JCPenney is proud to be one of the founding members of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative coalition and we are in awe of the tremendous progress the cause has achieved in just under two years. We are excited for the next Opportunity & Job Fair to be hosted in our hometown of Dallas, home to a dynamic and thriving retail community,” said Marvin Ellison, chairman and CEO of JCPenney. “A job in retail can be the start of an exciting career path with a variety of opportunities for anyone who is passionate about delivering great products and exceptional customer service. We look forward to continuing our support of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative by engaging young job seekers to join the JCPenney stores team.” Launched in 2015, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ reached its original goal of hiring and engaging 100,000 opportunity youth two years ahead of schedule. But with an estimated 4.9 million young Americans still left out of the U.S. economy2, the coalition has since expanded its commitment to a new goal of 1 million hires by 2020. Each of the companies and organizations involved share a commitment to helping youth connect with employers and develop basic job skills. The goal is to get these young men and women into the workforce and on to a long-term pathway to success. “Connecting America’s underserved youth to a pathway to employment has the potential to create an enormous ripple effect on our businesses, communities and the economy. And, we are excited to launch our next hiring fair in Dallas,” said Kevin Johnson, president and ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company. “Through a series of initiatives, including our work with the coalition, Starbucks has hired more than 40,000 Opportunity Youth. This has prompted us to expand our own goal to 100,000 hires by 2020. These young men and women are thriving in the Starbucks environment, demonstrating that opportunity youth can be an invaluable pipeline of talent for a company like ours, as we look to fill 68,000 new jobs in the U.S. in the next five years.” “Since joining the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, Pizza Hut has successfully filled thousands of jobs including several manager-level positions,” said Artie Starrs, President, Pizza Hut, U.S. “We are like-minded in the coalition’s mission of empowering youth to reach their full potential. We look forward to engaging with the smart, talented and ambitious youth in the city in which we work and live.” In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and around the country, youth unemployment still tops 12 percent3, disproportionately impacting young people from underserved low-income communities. The coalition will work alongside Dallas’ civic and community leaders including the City of Dallas, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, United Way of Metro Dallas, City Square and other key partners to build on existing opportunity youth hiring efforts and ensure the initiative is sustained in the long run. “Our young people are the future of Dallas, and every one of them deserves an opportunity to achieve their full potential,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings. “I’m grateful for the leaders of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative and several Dallas-based companies and service providers that have stepped up. The May 19 Opportunity Fair will help launch a true employer-led, long-term effort to provide career and education pathways to thousands of opportunity youth in Dallas. I urge our local businesses to take part in this opportunity to strengthen our city, our local economy and the workforce of tomorrow by investing in our youth in the form of meaningful jobs and training opportunities.” “We believe it’s our collective responsibility to invest in getting these disconnected youth into the types of jobs that are required for them to lead rewarding, productive lives,” said Ashley Brundage, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Their future is our priority. We applaud the leaders of 100,000 Opportunities Initiative for bringing global leaders together to make a deep, lasting impact in our future. This partnership furthers our purpose of putting knowledge and opportunity at the footstep of so many eager minds. We are excited to collaborate on May 19 to empower, engage, and equip our next generation.” “We welcome the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to Dallas. The event gives corporations with a Dallas presence access to a goldmine of entry-level trainable talent,” said Laurie Bouillion Larrea, president at Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. “The benefits of youth employment are staggering. Early employment translates to higher earning in adulthood and better financial inclusion. Dallas-area companies need this talent and our Dallas youth need paid apprenticeship opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.” Youth Can Register for Guaranteed Job Interviews at the Dallas Opportunity Fair Interested candidates are invited to register for free and schedule an interview ahead of time for the May 19 hiring event at www.100kOpportunities.org/Dallas. Youth will also have access to more than 30 vital employment, educational and social services, including one-on-one resume and interview coaching; opportunities for civic engagement like voter registration and national service; the chance to build an online candidate profile; and more. The event will also feature informative and inspirational performances and activities throughout the day. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ now includes more than 50 companies, including: Accenture, Alaska Airlines, Chipotle, Cintas, CVS Health, Delaware North, Domino’s, Ernst & Young, FedEx, Five Guys, Food Services of America, Gene Juarez, Greyston Bakery, Hilton Worldwide, HMS Host, Hyatt, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Mars, Microsoft, MOD Pizza, Nordstrom, Panda Express, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Porch, Potbelly, Prudential, Red Robin, Republic Services, Savers, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, Toms, Ulta Beauty, Villa, Walgreens, Walmart, and Yum!. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ is led by an Executive Committee which provides generous support. It includes FedEx, HMS Host, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, The Rockefeller Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Yum!, and Walmart Foundation. Premier sponsorship for the event in Dallas is being provided by FedEx Office, JCPenney and the JC Penney Foundation, and Starbucks and the Starbucks Foundation. As it has in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Seattle, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will partner with national and local organizations to provide continued investment in Dallas to create pathways to employment for Opportunity Youth in the region, including ongoing hiring fairs and other efforts to train and employ youth. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ has the goal of creating the nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people that are just entering the workforce, including internships, apprenticeships and on the job training, in addition to developing potential in youth who have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that lead to a successful career. For more information, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org. For a complete list of participating companies, community service organizations, funders and participants, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org. To learn more about the coalition’s impact at past hiring events, and what to expect at the Dallas Opportunity Fair on May 19, visit our YouTube video page at http://bit.ly/2oIozpo. Media interested in attending the event in Dallas must pre-register for credentials by contacting media@100kOpportunities.org.
News Article | April 17, 2017
The Women In Trucking (WIT) Association’s annual “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel” recently honored 169 female professional drivers at its 8th annual celebration at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. These women, with nearly 2,700 collective years of driving, were honored for their service as pioneers in the trucking industry. Six women were recognized for driving careers spanning forty years or more! The room at the Kentucky Exposition Center was brimming with these female CDL holders in their red WIT shirts and the nearly 200 friends and family members cheering them on. Daphne Jefferson, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration addressed the group and thanked them for their role as pioneers. She talked about her ride-along with two female drivers and what she learned from the view of a tractor-trailer window. Ann Dyer, Senior Director, Regional Transportation for Walmart Stores, Inc. gave the keynote address and told about traveling with her mother, a professional driver, when she was a young girl, and the challenges faced by female drivers in the past. Dyer also introduced Carol Nixon, a WIT member of the month, who recently donated a kidney to a fellow driver’s husband. WIT’s President and CEO Ellen Voie welcomed the group and reviewed the recent accomplishments of the nonprofit organization, including the Girl Scout Transportation Patch, ride-alongs with regulators and elected officials, the WIT app, WIT index, truck stop rating directory, and the group’s work on truck cab design and ergonomics. Other recognition programs include the Distinguished Woman in Logistics, the Influential Woman in Trucking and the recently expanded WIT Image Team. Voie promised to fulfill her dream of providing a female truck driver doll in the near future. A highlight of the event was the announcement by Jim Stevenson, Director of National Accounts for Arrow Truck Sales, who handed Voie the keys to a late model Volvo tractor Arrow is donating to a lucky WIT member who will win the tractor at next year’s Salute to Women Behind the Wheel. The celebration included music by Jayne Denham, an award winning singer and song writer from Australia. The crowd enjoyed dark and milk chocolate fountains and a huge truck-shaped cake. The female drivers won door prizes including a $500 gift card, and five $100 gift cards. The Women In Trucking Scholarship foundation gave away numerous prizes as well while raising nearly $2,000 in donations from the attendees. The event included the annual group photo of the women in their WIT red t-shirts and ended with the distribution of goodie bags filled with items from the event sponsors. Walmart Transportation won the driver participation award for having twenty-one of their female professional drivers present at the event. Next year’s Salute to Women Behind the Wheel will be held March 24th. All female professional drivers are welcome to participate and need not be members of the association. This year’s sponsors of the event were: Gold: Walmart Transportation and Arrow Truck Sales Silver: Bennett International Group, CFI, Inc., J.B. Hunt Transport, Shell Rotella Bronze: Dart Transit Co., Landstar, Lily Transportation Corp., Ryder System, Inc., and TA-Petro Copper: Acuity, Averitt Express, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., R & R Trucking, Inc., Republic Services Nickel: EROAD, Inc. Heniff Transportation Systems, Rand McNally, Rollin’ B, Stay Metrics, Truckstop.com Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Arrow Truck Sales, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, BMO Transportation Finance, Expediter Services, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Ryder System, Inc., U.S. Xpress, and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.
News Article | May 3, 2017
The global wet waste management market is majorly driven by the increasing adoption of advanced technologies such as waste-to-energy solutions. The innovative waste management technology for with minimal landfill disposal for reducing environmental pollution and increasing sustainability is driving the growth of the market. This market is driven by the increasing competition among waste management companies, aggressive pricing strategies adopted by the major market players, rising environmental sustainability, increasing regulations related to proper wet waste disposal, and various developments in the waste management technology. The Wet waste management market is expected to grow over the CAGR of around 5% during the period 2016 to 2022. • Clean Harbors Inc. (U.S.), • SUEZ Environment Co. S.A. (France), • Veolia Environment S.A. (France), • Republic Services Inc. (U.S.), • Waste Management Inc. (U.S.), • Covanta Energy Corporation(U.S.), • Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. (U.S.), • Stericycle (U.S.), • Progressive Waste Solution Ltd. (Canada) The growth of the wet waste management market is driven majorly by the ever increasing number of players in the wet waste management industry and the increase in the waste-to-energy solutions provided by them. New technological innovations for waste management including minimum landfill disposal, help in reducing environmental pollution and increasing sustainability, thereby driving the wet waste management market. Wet waste management market is also driven by increase in the awareness among households for reuse of the waste to the maximum possible extent, thus ensuring environmental protection. Many large and small scale firms are undertaking wet waste management, is also adding to the market growth. The report has been analyzed based on waste types, services & equipment, sources and regions. Among all waste types, the agricultural waste is expected to grow the most in the global wet waste management market. Agricultural waste means the waste generated from farming activities and comprises of waste generated from spoiled plants &seeds and the fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides and others. There in an immense need for management of this agricultural waste generated in huge quantities, all over the world, thus driving the growth of the agricultural wet waste management market. Agricultural wet waste management helps in protecting the environment, thus providing a direction of intensive livestock facilities. Taste the market data and market information presented through more than 85 market data tables and figures spread in 140 numbers of pages of the project report. Avail the in-depth table of content TOC & market synopsis on “Global Wet waste management market Information from 2016 to 2022" Compared to other waste types of the global wet waste management market, food scrap is expected to grow significantly. Major contributors of the food scrap are restaurants and households which generate wet waste in huge quantities. Wet waste comprises of food, veg and non-veg waste. Food scrap is a major cause of mosquito breeding, which leads to various diseases such as malaria and dengue. Due to the increased need for preventing such diseases, the wet waste management market is gaining traction. Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing market for the wet waste management. The rising awareness for wet waste management and the establishment of waste-to-energy solutions in the region is expected to drive the growth of the market. Developing nations such as China and India, contribute maximum to the growth of this region, owing to the recent technological developments and rapid construction of waste treatment plans. These nations are also very densely populated, which further drive the demand of the wet waste management market in the Asia-pacific region. 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News Article | April 28, 2017
CoCo San Sustainable Farm Project Moving Forward Thanks to $80,000 in Recently-Secured Funding Commitments Funds will be used to assemble a solar light greenhouse as part of the projects innovative approaches to providing low-cost produce for the community; Total project funding exceeds $100,000, including contributions from Contra Costa County and a personal donation from National University System Chancellor Dr. Michael R. Cunningham The recent development brings the project’s total funding to more than $100,000, which includes a donation from National University System Chancellor Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, who is personally contributing a total of $30,000 over three years. The most recent $50,000 support, which comes from the Contra Costa County Livable Communities Trust Fund at the recommendation of of Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Federal Glover and Karen Mitchoff, is for the assembly of a 6000 square foot, high-tech, commercial greenhouse donated by AgraTech, Inc., of Pittsburg, CA. Thanks to the latest funding, the greenhouse is expected to be built in 2017. AgLantis will be raising funds from the community to build the required fencing and to equip the greenhouse. The aim of the CoCo San Sustainable Farm is to grow produce on the 15-acre urban farm in 2018. The project addresses a need to reduce nutritional poverty – an issue of global importance – by providing access to free or low-cost fresh produce through a unique combination of using urban public buffer land, community involvement, otherwise wasted recycled water, and harnessing the produce growth efficiencies of greenhouses. “Very seldom are you able to work on something of this magnitude that has such a widespread impact on the public good,” said Carolyn Phinney, president of AgLantis. “The CoCo San Sustainable Farm will be able to feed a countless number of people who might otherwise go hungry; it will serve as a vehicle to educate a large number of students; it will use high-quality, recycled water; and because it has brought so many people together, it is doing so much in building a community. You can’t ask for more than that.” The project aligns with the County’s Livable Communities Trust Fund’s goals in promoting innovative land use planning and design principles, and promoting economic revitalization. According to the project plans, CoCo Sustainable Farm, situated in Contra Costa County’s Northern Waterfront across state Route 4 from Buchanan Field Airport, will be irrigated by recycled, nutrient-rich, agricultural grade water that currently ends up in the Suisun Bay as treated wastewater. Also, the farm will benefit from the efficiencies of greenhouse production, which produces up to 40 times the volume of food at one-tenth the water use. The Contra Costa Food Bank, located about a mile away, will be responsible for picking up and distributing fresh produce from the farm to its clients and area schools. Community supported agriculture boxes from the farm will provide low-cost, seasonal food to local residents. And the farm hopes to be a jobs incubator for the green economy. Upcoming plans for the project include constructing fences and a water delivery system to irrigate the farm, amending the soil on the 15 acres, and building a road with recycled asphalt to access the site. In addition, CoCo San Sustainable Farm will serve an educational function, serving as a hands-on outdoor classroom for students (especially from Diablo Valley College, Horticulture) and local residents, highlighting that every aspect of science and engineering happens on a farm: physics, soil science, hydrology, microbiology, and even psychology along with mechanical, electrical and civil engineering. Local John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, also plans to have students involved in the farm. “The community support has been truly inspiring,” said Phinney. “It really underscores what can happen when people come together for the common good.” In addition to the recent contributions, Tesoro has donated $15,000; PG&E has provided $7,500 in support, and Leigh E. Johnson (Trial Whisperer) has been an ongoing major individual donor. Community donations have exceeded $10,000; Phinney said. The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District is leasing the land to AgLantis for $1 per year and providing all the tertiary treated water it needs for the effort. Others donating services, funds, or materials include County Quarry (donating the road and pad for the greenhouse), and other in-kind donation from Republic Services, Davey Tree Service, and Discovery Homes. All of the labor for the last six years of developing this project has been donated. Another $100,000 is needed to fence the farm and equip the hydroponics greenhouse. About AgLantis AgLantis is a California non-profit public benefit corporation, 501c-3. The work being done on the CoCo San Sustainable Farm has a quadruple bottom line – social Equity, Educational, Environmental and Economic. This farm is a model for healthy, fresh, affordable, local fresh produce; education for the community; environmental protection; and green job creation. Martinez, CA, April 28, 2017 --( PR.com )-- An innovative urban sustainable farm project in Contra Costa County that will provide produce for a local food bank and schools has taken a major step forward. The CoCo San Sustainable Farm, a project of non-profit AgLantis (501c-3), recently secured a $50,000 contribution from the County to help build a 6,000-square-foot hydroponics greenhouse on a buffer land section of the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District located in Contra Costa County’s Northern Waterfront.The recent development brings the project’s total funding to more than $100,000, which includes a donation from National University System Chancellor Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, who is personally contributing a total of $30,000 over three years.The most recent $50,000 support, which comes from the Contra Costa County Livable Communities Trust Fund at the recommendation of of Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Federal Glover and Karen Mitchoff, is for the assembly of a 6000 square foot, high-tech, commercial greenhouse donated by AgraTech, Inc., of Pittsburg, CA. Thanks to the latest funding, the greenhouse is expected to be built in 2017. AgLantis will be raising funds from the community to build the required fencing and to equip the greenhouse. The aim of the CoCo San Sustainable Farm is to grow produce on the 15-acre urban farm in 2018.The project addresses a need to reduce nutritional poverty – an issue of global importance – by providing access to free or low-cost fresh produce through a unique combination of using urban public buffer land, community involvement, otherwise wasted recycled water, and harnessing the produce growth efficiencies of greenhouses.“Very seldom are you able to work on something of this magnitude that has such a widespread impact on the public good,” said Carolyn Phinney, president of AgLantis. “The CoCo San Sustainable Farm will be able to feed a countless number of people who might otherwise go hungry; it will serve as a vehicle to educate a large number of students; it will use high-quality, recycled water; and because it has brought so many people together, it is doing so much in building a community. You can’t ask for more than that.”The project aligns with the County’s Livable Communities Trust Fund’s goals in promoting innovative land use planning and design principles, and promoting economic revitalization.According to the project plans, CoCo Sustainable Farm, situated in Contra Costa County’s Northern Waterfront across state Route 4 from Buchanan Field Airport, will be irrigated by recycled, nutrient-rich, agricultural grade water that currently ends up in the Suisun Bay as treated wastewater. Also, the farm will benefit from the efficiencies of greenhouse production, which produces up to 40 times the volume of food at one-tenth the water use.The Contra Costa Food Bank, located about a mile away, will be responsible for picking up and distributing fresh produce from the farm to its clients and area schools. Community supported agriculture boxes from the farm will provide low-cost, seasonal food to local residents. And the farm hopes to be a jobs incubator for the green economy. Upcoming plans for the project include constructing fences and a water delivery system to irrigate the farm, amending the soil on the 15 acres, and building a road with recycled asphalt to access the site.In addition, CoCo San Sustainable Farm will serve an educational function, serving as a hands-on outdoor classroom for students (especially from Diablo Valley College, Horticulture) and local residents, highlighting that every aspect of science and engineering happens on a farm: physics, soil science, hydrology, microbiology, and even psychology along with mechanical, electrical and civil engineering. Local John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, also plans to have students involved in the farm.“The community support has been truly inspiring,” said Phinney. “It really underscores what can happen when people come together for the common good.”In addition to the recent contributions, Tesoro has donated $15,000; PG&E has provided $7,500 in support, and Leigh E. Johnson (Trial Whisperer) has been an ongoing major individual donor. Community donations have exceeded $10,000; Phinney said. The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District is leasing the land to AgLantis for $1 per year and providing all the tertiary treated water it needs for the effort. Others donating services, funds, or materials include County Quarry (donating the road and pad for the greenhouse), and other in-kind donation from Republic Services, Davey Tree Service, and Discovery Homes. All of the labor for the last six years of developing this project has been donated. Another $100,000 is needed to fence the farm and equip the hydroponics greenhouse.About AgLantisAgLantis is a California non-profit public benefit corporation, 501c-3. The work being done on the CoCo San Sustainable Farm has a quadruple bottom line – social Equity, Educational, Environmental and Economic. This farm is a model for healthy, fresh, affordable, local fresh produce; education for the community; environmental protection; and green job creation. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from AgLantis
News Article | April 28, 2017
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--General American Investors Company, Inc., a closed-end investment company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (GAM), reported net assets applicable to the Company’s common stock as of March 31, 2017 of $1,079,723,852 as compared with net assets applicable to its common stock of $1,022,534,692 at December 31, 2016. The value at March 31, 2017 reflects an increase in net assets resulting from operations for the three month period then ended of $68,570,633, a decrease of $5,957,827 reflecting the cost of repurchasing 183,608 shares of the Company’s common stock, and a distribution of $5,423,646 to common shareholders paid on February 10, 2017. The first quarter report indicates that as of and for the three months ended: The five largest stock holdings in the Company’s portfolio at March 31, 2017 included The TJX Companies, Republic Services, Arch Capital Group, Microsoft, and Unilever. The quarterly report to stockholders also contains a report on the results of the annual meeting of stockholders, market commentary, and changes in portfolio holdings during the quarter ended March 31, 2017. For more current information concerning the Company’s net asset value per common share and market price, please visit the Company’s website at: www.generalamericaninvestors.com.
News Article | May 12, 2017
LANCASTER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A major state contractor has been accused of systematically failing to pay overtime wages to thousands of home care workers in Pennsylvania in a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court. The suit alleges Public Partnerships, LLC, a subsidiary of the nationwide management consulting firm Public Consulting Group, knowingly refused to pay workers for overtime despite its active role in hiring employees, administering services and issuing paychecks, a violation of federal and state laws governing wages and labor conditions. The issues raised in the case mirror those at the forefront of ongoing litigation throughout the country on joint employers and their responsibilities to their workers. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the lawsuit charges that Public Partnerships, LLC (PPL), which employs more than 20,000 people in Pennsylvania, willfully denied proper overtime wages to home care workers across the state. Federal and state laws stipulate that employees are entitled to be paid time-and-a-half for hours worked over 40 per week. The lawsuit alleges that for years the company used its regular hourly rate regardless of hours worked, and though it recently began paying overtime premiums, the company has continued to omit or incorrectly calculate overtime compensation. “Every day, tens of thousands of workers in Pennsylvania call upon their compassion and dedication to tend to some of our society’s most vulnerable members,” said Christine E. Webber, partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll and lead counsel on the case. “Yet, despite the critical role they play, their employer has continued to deny them the fair compensation promised to them by law. We look forward to pursuing justice for these incredible men and women and defending the value of their vital contributions to our community.” Owned by Public Consulting Group (PCG), a management consulting company operating in all 50 states, PPL contracts with state agencies to provide Medicaid-funded “direct care” services to qualifying elderly or disabled individuals, including the Office of Long Term Living Programs and the Office of Developmental Programs in Pennsylvania. These direct care services include a range of companionship, personal care and domestic assistance services for clients, such as bathing, feeding, arranging transportation and administering medication. As detailed in the complaint, the company plays a critical role in managing direct care workers’ professional relationship with their clients. In addition to screening workers to authorize them for hiring and terminating employees, PPL is responsible for issuing paychecks and W-2 forms, maintaining records of hours worked and other personnel matters, as well as informing workers and their clients of changes in pay. The complaint details the experiences of Ralph Talarico, a direct care worker from Lancaster employed by PPL since January 2013. The 59 year old grandfather is regularly asked to work well beyond the 40 hour per week benchmark. The complaint notes that Mr. Talarico often spends more than 60 hours per week caring for a single client, while also being “on call” and providing care to additional clients during the same span of time. “I take great pride in the important work my colleagues and I do, and the commitment I have for those I serve is deep and unwavering,” said Ralph Talarico, lead plaintiff in the proposed class action lawsuit. “But the fact that we are being denied fair compensation is a fundamental injustice that cannot be ignored. Like my PPL colleagues throughout Pennsylvania, my job helps put food on the dinner table at night, so the actions of PPL have very real consequences for our families and loved ones.” According to the complaint, PPL’s failure to pay overtime wages to its direct care workers constitutes neglect of its responsibility as an employer or joint employer, a violation of both federal and state laws governing pay. While the Fair Labor Standards Act, which governs minimum wage and overtime pay, includes certain exemptions for companionship workers, these exceptions do not apply to employees of third-party agencies such PPL, which are still obligated to pay overtime premiums. Furthermore, the complaint alleges PPL’s actions violate Pennsylvania state law, which similarly requires direct care workers employed by a third party to be paid overtime wages. While the company changed its policy in 2016 and began paying some overtime wages, the lawsuit charges that PPL never compensated Mr. Talarico and other workers for overtime work performed prior to November 2015. Even after the change in policy, the complaint also alleges the company continues to omit or incorrectly calculate overtime compensation. Despite the fact that many employees work with multiple clients, the lawsuit accuses the company of continuing to only pay overtime premiums for services rendered to a single client. The lawsuit also alleges that the company has continued to omit hours spent traveling from one client to another in calculating pay. The issues raised in the lawsuit echo developments in the ongoing legal and political debate surrounding joint employers and their obligations to their workforces. In a 2015 dispute involving national waste management firm Republic Services and employees at a recycling center, the National Labor Review Board (NLRB) issued a landmark ruling that broadened the definition of joint employers to include large corporations that use subcontractors. The lawsuit filed Thursday seeks collective and class action status for Mr. Talarico and thousands of other similarly situated direct care workers in Pennsylvania, as well as damages for unpaid overtime wages and fees associated with the litigation. The plaintiff is represented by Christine E. Webber of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Rachhana T. Srey and Robert L. Schug of Nichols Kaster, PLLP and Richard Katz of Arnold, Beyer & Katz. Founded in 1969, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is a national leader in plaintiff class action lawsuits and litigation. As one of the premier firms in the country handling major complex cases, Cohen Milstein, with 90 attorneys, has offices in Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Denver, Colo., and Raleigh, N.C. For more information, visit www.cohenmilstein.com or call (267) 479-5700.
News Article | May 10, 2017
The Forbes America's Best Employers List includes 500 employers selected based upon the results of an independent national employee survey (1,000 or more employees for midsized companies and 5,000 or more employees for large companies). Employees were contacted anonymously without the involvement of their employer. Employees were asked a series of 35 questions on work-related topics. The willingness of an employee to recommend their employer is considered the most important criteria of the survey. The survey uses the Net Promoter Score theory, which is how companies measure the willingness of customers to recommend or to gauge a customer's overall satisfaction with their products or services. Republic has been steadily building on its employee engagement and diversity and inclusion programs that make the Company an Employer of Choice, as demonstrated by Republic's recent score of 85 out of 100 on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and by being named to Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies 2017 List, as well as being included on Business Insider's 30 Most Meaningful Companies to Work for in America 2015 List. Republic welcomes applicants to visit http://republicservices.jobs/ to join a diverse and talented workforce in a variety of career fields across the country. About Republic Services Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste. Through its subsidiaries, Republic's collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make proper waste disposal effortless for its 14 million customers. We'll handle it from here.TM, the brand's promise, lets customers know they can count on Republic to provide a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue PlanetTM for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world. For more information, visit the Republic Services website at RepublicServices.com. "Like" Republic on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RepublicServices and follow on Twitter @RepublicService. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/republic-services-makes-elite-forbes-americas-best-employers-2017-list-300455240.html
News Article | May 9, 2017
Mr. Peña and Mr. Verduzco were selected from approximately 1,000 driver nominations submitted by industry peers from across the country. Since 2009, Republic Services drivers have won 75 percent of the NWRA's Driver of the Year awards, in the large truck categories. Republic's relentless commitment to safety led to the formation of a comprehensive, industry-leading safety program that relies on continual training to reduce accident frequency. Last year, more than 12,000 employees earned Republic's Dedicated to Safety Award, and roughly 5,000 employees received Dedicated to Excellence recognition. Based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) data, Republic's safety performance has been 41 percent better than the industry average over the past eight years. For 26 years, the NWRA Driver of the Year program has honored drivers who have upheld the field of solid waste management as an honorable occupation, and have conducted themselves and the vehicles they operate in a safe and responsible manner. 2017 Driver of the Year: Jesse Peña Mr. Peña has devoted more than 35 years of service to the industry. He began his driving career with Republic in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1994. Over the past 23 years, Jesse has maintained a perfect safety record, with zero accidents or injuries. Among his customers and coworkers, Jesse is known for prioritizing safety. He has been the recipient of Republic's Dedicated to Safety Award and Dedicated to Excellence recognition since 2005. Jesse is also considered a leader and role model for fellow drivers, both as a direct supervisor and mentor for new drivers, inspiring team members to approach the day with a positive attitude, commitment to excellence and willingness to always go above and beyond for customers. His many customers credit Jesse for his great service, attitude and focus on safety. Even in Valley communities that are experiencing rapid population growth, Jesse knows many of his customers personally, interacting with them on a first name basis. Jesse is a proud husband, father of eight, grandfather of 25, and great grandfather of three. He drives an average of 660 miles per week, in the service of more than 60 municipal customers, collecting over 280 tons of waste. 2017 Driver of the Year: Javier Verduzco Mr. Verduzco began his driving career with Republic Services' Hunting Beach division in 1980. Over the past 37 years, he has earned and maintained an impeccable safety record, with zero accidents or injuries. Javier is relentless in his commitment to continual safety training. He is a recipient of Republic's Dedicated to Safety Award and Dedicated to Excellence recognition. He is also known for actively seeking out and participating in Republic's Focus 6 safety program, as well as OSHA safety exercises. Within his division, Javier has established a reputation as a selfless team member. He mentors and encourages fellow drivers. He volunteers to go back out and assist other drivers upon completing his route, and he offers help his fellow drivers serve customers on busy weekends. Javier also places a high priority on his customers and community. His customers credit Javier for his reliable service and great attention to detail, frequently checking to ensure their satisfaction. In his community, Javier is dedicated to service at his church, often leading and participating in retreats and programs. Javier is a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He drives an average of 220 miles per week, in the service of more than 600 customers, collecting over 95 tons of waste. About Republic Services Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste. Through its subsidiaries, Republic's collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make proper waste disposal effortless for their commercial, industrial, municipal, residential and oilfield customers. We'll handle it from here.TM, the brand's promise, lets customers know they can count on Republic to provide a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue PlanetTM for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world. For more information, visit the Republic Services website at RepublicServices.com. "Like" Republic on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RepublicServices and follow on Twitter @RepublicService. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/republic-services-drivers-earn-preeminent-national-driver-of-the-year-awards-300454321.html
News Article | May 13, 2017
— Latest market study on “Smart Waste Management Market to 2025 - Global Analysis and Forecasts by Solution and Application”, the report include key understanding on the driving factors of this growth and also highlights the prominent players in the market and their developments. Browse market data tables and in-depth TOC of the Smart Waste Management Market to 2025 @ http://www.theinsightpartners.com/reports/smart-waste-management-market Cities around the world are on the run to become smarter. Some of these have seen an opportunity on deploying dedicated municipal access networks to support all types of city management and maintenance services requiring a data connection. One of the important contribution in smart city formation is waste management. Now a day's government as well as private institution are making huge investment in this application. The report aims to provide an overview of global smart waste management market with detailed market segmentation by category, application and geography. The global smart waste management market is expected to witness high growth during the forecast period. Government intervention and rising awareness among people is driving smart waste management globally. The objectives of Smart Waste Management Market report are as follows: • To provide overview of the global smart waste management market • To analyze and forecast the global smart waste management market on the basis of solution and application • To provide market size and forecast till 2025 for overall smart waste management market with respect to five major regions, namely; North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South America (SAM), which is later sub-segmented by respective countries • To evaluate market dynamics effecting the market during the forecast period i.e., drivers, restraints, opportunities, and future trend • To provide exhaustive PEST analysis for all five regions • To profiles key smart waste management players influencing the market along with their SWOT analysis and market strategies Some of the leading players in smart waste management market are Covanta Energy, Republic Services, Veolia North America, BRE Smart Waste, Harvest Power, Recycle Smart Solutions, Waste Management, Inc., Enevo OY, Smartbin and Bigbelly Solar, Inc. Inquire about discount on this report @ http://www.theinsightpartners.com/discount/TIPTE100000292 The report segments the global Smart Waste Management Market as follows: Smart Waste Management Market Revenue and Forecasts to 2025 - Solutions • Smart Collection Market • Smart Processing Market • Smart Energy Recovery Market • Smart Disposal Market • Others Market Smart Waste Management Market Revenue and Forecasts to 2025 - Application • Industrial Market • Retail Market • Municipalities Market • Others Market Smart Waste Management Market Revenue and Forecasts to 2025 - Geographical Analysis • North America • Europe • Asia Pacific (APAC) • Middle East & Africa (MEA) • South America (SAM) Why Buy Smart Waste Management Market Report? • Highlights widely used product offerings thereby allowing organizations to gain revenues by focusing majorly on select products • The key findings and recommendations highlight crucial progressive industry trends in the Smart Waste Management market, thereby allowing players across the value chain to develop effective long term strategies • Get reliable information about the strategies manufacturers in this market use to drive revenue • Gain insights into the competitive landscape, to strengthen market competitiveness and positioning • Highlights key business priorities in order to assist companies to realign their business strategies • Develop/modify business expansion plans by using substantial growth offering developed and emerging markets • Scrutinize in-depth global market trends and outlook coupled with the factors driving the market, as well as the those hindering it • Enhance the decision-making process by understanding the strategies that underpin commercial interest with respect to client products, segmentation, pricing and distribution • Examine the current and future impact of the five forces namely: bargaining power of suppliers, bargaining power of buyers, threat of substitutes, threat of new entrants and degree of competition About The Insight Partners: The Insight Partners is a one stop industry research provider of actionable intelligence. We help our clients in getting solutions to their research requirements through our syndicated and consulting research services. We are a specialist in Technology, Media, and Telecommunication industries. For more information, please visit http://www.theinsightpartners.com/