Hamma Down Enterprises, Inc (HDE) started as a hobby for its owner, Shawn Hawkins, while he was serving on active duty in the United States Army. Born and raised in Bailey’s Crossroads, VA Shawn developed his passion for truck driving and operating heavy equipment while riding with and listening to the tales of his grandfathers, father, uncles, and neighbors who were heavily involved in the construction industry as foremen, truck drivers, heavy equipment operators, and tradesmen. He experienced much of the growth and development in the Washington Metropolitan, first hand, from the seats of their vehicles and equipment. While in the military, Shawn did small demolition and lot clean-up jobs with his pick-up truck, dump trailer, and a small farm tractor. He did pretty well with this set up and continued operating the business as a hobby for several years from duty station to duty station. In 2009, while at his last duty station, Shawn incorporated HDE. Upon retirement in 2014, he transitioned the business from a part-time hobby into a full-time operation with a small fleet of trucks and construction equipment. Additionally, the customer base grew from just family and neighbors to a handful of clients from both the private and commercial sectors. In 2014 HDE primarily provided hauling services to W.A. Howard Trucking for several large construction projects in Northern Virginia and hauled compost for Veteran’s Compost from its site in Aberdeen, MD to it it’s customers in DC, MD, and VA. In 2015, HDE provided excavation, grading, and general hauling services for Team Henry Enterprises at Davison Army Airfield, FT Belvoir, VA. This was part of a multi-million-dollar contract repairing concrete and asphalt pads at different sites around the airfield. In 2016, as the primary excavation service provider, HDE partnered with Valley Green Landscaping, LLC to provide excavation, site work, and material hauling on several projects throughout the Greater Washington-Metropolitan Area. Additionally, HDE provides manure removal services for a little over 10 horse stables throughout Northern Virginia. The manure is composted into a soil amendment that is then marketed to landscapers, growers, and customers with soil improvement needs. HDE’s list of clients continues to grow. Most recently, HDE partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network (MAGNET) to haul produce from/to local foodbanks, community pantries, churches and other private, non-profit, and state organizations with a mission to feed those in need. Over the last 5 years, annual revenue for Hamma Down Enterprises has consistently grown at a rate of 3.5%, or better. In the near future, HDE will continue its focus on steady, deliberate growth, establishing partnerships with industry leaders, and entrance into the government marketplace as a premier SWaM and DBE Certified Hauling and Construction Enterprise.
US Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Program March 2017
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), March 2017
Virginia Highway/Heavy Construction Class C License, November 2016
Better Composting School, The Mid-Atlantic Water Quality Program, University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, September 2016
Caroline County Business Professional and Occupational License, January 2016
Virginia Small, Woman, and Minority (SWaM) Vendor, October 2015