Plainville Slots Parlor Ready for June Grand Opening
In a memo written to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission by Penn National gaming, the brand-new slots parlor being built in Plainville is on schedule to open on June 24. Penn National Gaming CFO Saul Reibstein reported that the company has increased their budget for the slots parlor to $250 million, adding that the company plans to hire 500 people over the next month.
The Plainridge Park Casino, located on Route 1, will feature over 1,200 slot machines. Massachusetts lawmakers are on record predicting that tax revenue from slot parlors will exceed $104 million, which will be redistributed as local aid to cities and towns. Even Governor Charlie Baker's conservative budget estimates government revenue from slots to be at least $84 million.
Unfortunately, Penn National Gaming reported that the slots parlor has failed to meet its goal of including more women in its construction workforce. Initially, the company set an ambitious 7% target for itself, but is currently only at 3%, according to the report. In better news, the company announced that it had successfully met its 16% minimum threshold for including minorities on the construction workforce.
"Regrettably, in certain trade areas represented on the job, such as plumbing, electrical, mechanical and drywall, we were unable to successfully hire enough women," the report stated. "We recognize that overall in Massachusetts, the general composition of the construction workforce in these trades falls short of stated goals, and this also lamentably includes the Plainridge casino project."
The report went on to assure citizens that the main contractor for the project, Turner Construction, as well as the various subcontractors, all meet regularly in order to assess their own performance. "Turner Construction implements the same corrective action and discipline approach with their subcontractors, reporting that they are more than satisfied that a good faith effort has been made to achieve the goals of the project."
Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby acknowledged that Penn National had been very forthright about the gender balance of their construction workforce.
"Only a small total number of women work in the construction industry," said Chairman Crosby, adding that there are plans to "build up the pipeline" ahead of two casinos being built in Massachusetts in the next three years. MGM casino has already broken ground on a location in Springfield and Wynn Resorts has announced plans to build a gaming casino in Everett.
Gaming Commission Crosby concluded by confirming that the Plainville slot parlor project is "dramatically exceeding" its diversity goals with its suppliers.
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