Two hundred tons of steel arrived this week as Cherokee Casino makes major headway in the construction of its new 240,000-SF gaming facility. Guests and onlookers will see more visible signs of progress as installation of steel support beams begins on the $83 million expansion project.
The new Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs will feature multiple entertainment venues and an expanded gaming floor to house 1,300 new electronic games and nearly 40 poker and table games. The facility will also feature several dining options including a fine dining restaurant, a Las Vegas-style buffet and brand name eateries.
Expected to be complete in late 2008, the expansion prompts the hiring of approximately 600 new employees, more than doubling the current workforce of 450. As the opening date nears, Cherokee Nation Enterprises, which operates Cherokee Casinos, will hold career fairs to fill the many new positions. The jobs will include both hourly and salaried positions.
Hourly positions with Cherokee Casinos are included under the Cherokee Nation’s minimum wage law, currently standing at $8.25 per hour. The final increase, expected to take place October 2008, raises minimum pay for Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Enterprises employees to $9 per hour.
Cherokee Nation Enterprises is a wholly owned company of the Cherokee Nation and operates businesses in the retail, gaming, entertainment, hospitality and cultural and tourism sectors. CNE operates casinos in Catoosa, Claremore, Roland, West Siloam Springs, Fort Gibson, Sallisaw and Tahlequah, as well as the Cherokee Travel Plaza, two Cherokee Outpost convenience stores, six retail tobacco shops, three gift shops, two golf courses and three hotels. The company employs more than 3,300 people throughout northeastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.