Inglewood-Based Trucking Company Sees Growth with LA Stadium Contract

By LeMaster Group

Melvin Whittington (pictured) has been driving trucks for almost 40 years. The Inglewood native started building his business, Hammer Down Transportation, in 1993 with one truck. But his big break didn’t come until last year when he attended the Turner AECOM HUNT Job Resource Fair for the new LA Stadium and Entertainment District.
“it was an easy process,” said Whittington. “You just have to attend all the meetings and stay focused and consistent. Consistency is the key.”
A year later and his business is booming. “This is a monumental project and the growth for my business has multiplied by 300 percent.”
Hammer Down is on site every day and in addition to transporting equipment and materials, has the important job of managing dust control for the contractors that are building the Rams and Chargers new stadium.

Melvin now has four employees and just purchased two more trucks to keep up with the demand on the site.
“We’ve been involved in just about every step of the stadium- from the demoing of the racetrack, to transporting the steel for the bowl. We continue to grow from this project.”

Construction of the new NFL stadium is a job-generator for the region. It is expected to create thousands of jobs by 2020, the year it will open as home field for the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers.

Turner AECOM HUNT, the general contractor for the project, is especially interested in recruiting apprentices, individuals who have little to no experience in trades like welding, electrical, carpentry and drywall.

LA Stadium provides subcontracting opportunities for Minority and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MBE/DBE). Officials have set a 30 percent goal for MBE/DBE participation in the overall project. The next Job Information and Resource Fair is scheduled from 9 am to 1 pm on Thursday, April 26 at Rogers Park located at 400 West Beach Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90302. For more information, go to www.LaStadiumAtHP.com

The Turner School of Construction Management is also kicking off a new class April 3 in Inglewood to cultivate the most qualified and well-balanced network of small businesses in the industry. The seven-week program offers a roadmap to success in construction management with many graduates, including a great number of women-owned businesses.  All graduates complete the program with in-depth knowledge of the requirements for contracting on a construction project, as well as the challenges involved. The training curriculum instructs participants on the fundamentals of estimating and key concepts of construction management, including effective methods for locating, obtaining, managing and scheduling work. Finally, graduates learn the value of locating and utilizing industry resources.  To register, go to https://2018-tscm-session-one.eventbrite.com Email questions to socal@tcco.com or call 714-940-9000.

BACKGROUND:
The Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park (LASED) is transforming the site of the former Hollywood Park Racetrack into to a year-round sports and entertainment destination — created for the enjoyment of people throughout Southern California, as well as visitors to the region.

The centerpiece of the 298-acre sports and entertainment district, the LA Stadium, provides a seating capacity of 70,000 and expandable up to 100,000. It includes 260 luxury suites, more than 13,000 premium seats, and almost three million square feet of usable space. The project will also consist of a 6,000-seat performance venue located under the same roof canopy as the stadium.  LA stadium will be the home field for the Rams and Chargers starting in 2020. It will host year-round sports and entertainment events and has already secured Super Bowl LVI in February 2022, the College Football National Championship game in 2023 and the Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the 2028 Summer Olympic Games.

Adjacent to the stadium and performance venue, the project anticipates more than 1.5 million square feet of retail and office space, 1,500 residences, a hotel and more than 20 acres of parks. The long-term plans offer the possibility of developing additional phases over time.