Job fair for planned NFL stadium in Industry attracts thousands

INDUSTRY — Thousand of job seekers lined up on Friday hoping to be one of the estimated 12,000 construction workers for the planned NFL stadium in Industry, it was reported.

Organizers expected 3,500 to attend the sold-out at the Pacific Palms Resort event at $5 a pop, they told the San Gabriel Valley-Tribune.

Major construction firms vying to win contracts to build the stadium, and several others, from Goodwill to North-West College, set up booths.

Event organizers and construction firm representatives said those who attended Friday's fair would have a jump on others for jobs once they go online. Exactly when those will come is anybody's guess, the Tribune reported.

While developer Ed Roski Jr. has won entitlements and designed the project, he has not secured a team to play nor financing for the project.

When that happens and contracts are set, jobseekers would be notified about openings, organizers stated. The expo was co-sponsored by Majestic Realty Co., online bartering company JoeBarter.com and the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group, which owns the Tribune.

"We're competing to win and to be the general contractor,'' Alan J. Petrasek, senior vice president of San Diego-based Clark Construction, told the newspaper.

Larry Kirkenslager, senior vice president of pre-construction for Fullerton-based SASCO, told the newspaper that his company has already been doing budget and cost analyses on elements of the project.