Home Plate Update September 2018 - Page 13

MWBE spotlight MWBE Fast Facts The City of Arlington is working with the Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies to ensure the diversity of the workforce for both the future ballpark and the Texas Live! development. Texas Live! $48,639,829, or 37 percent, of the total awarded contract dollars has been awarded to minority and women-owned businesses as of July 2018. Globe Life Field $763,252,087, or 25 percent, of the total awarded contract dollars has been awarded to MWBE firms as of July 2018. EJ Smith Construction Roberts Trucking crews worked six days a week around the clock for a three-month period to haul off truckload after truckload of dirt from the future Globe Life Field construction site. By the end of the massive excavation job, the company had removed more than 1 million cubic yards of dirt to make way for the Texas Rangers’ new $1.2-billion, retractable-roof baseball stadium. Roberts Trucking, founded in 1979 by Arthur Roberts Sr., is the largest African-American owned construction materials hauling company in North Texas. The company has grown over the years, expanding its services into excavating and demolition. Today, Roberts Trucking operates more than 300 construction trucks and trailers in the DFW market. “The family business was initially started with two dump trucks and a vision,” said Quincy Roberts, who is the grandson of the founder and now the company’s president. Roberts learned about the ballpark project in Arlington’s Entertainment District through the Regional Black Contractors Association. The ACARI Management Group, he added, was instrumental in arranging a meeting between his firm and the Manhattan Construction Company, which is the general contractor for the ballpark, to discuss subcontracting possibilities. The Texas Rangers selected ACARI Management Group to help ensure the Rangers meet MWBE contract goals set by the City of Arlington as part of the public-private partnership to build the ballpark. “The MWBE goal of 25 percent is commendable and clearly shows the City of Arlington is committed to equality and growth opportunities for everyone,” said Roberts, adding that his company’s role working on the high-profile ballpark project has already led to other contracts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “I am proud to have had my company participate in the project.” 13