The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' Four Winds Casinos® held a ceremonial beam signing this week at the Four Winds Casino South Bend® property. The event was commemorated with signatures from Pokagon Tribal Elders, Tribal Council and members of the Four Winds® executive team. This ceremonial beam will survive in perpetuity as construction continues with a projected opening date of first quarter 2018.
"Today marked a milestone in our construction timeline," said John P. Warren, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. "The installation of this beam underscores our commitment to the region and to our citizens. We're looking forward to our opening in early
"This project represents the collective efforts of many visionary leaders," said Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos. "We're grateful for their support, knowing they have enthusiastically joined us in creating a world-class entertainment complex that will bring people from throughout the Midwest to South Bend."
The first phase of Four Winds Casino South Bend will have 175,000 square feet and include 1,800 Class II gaming devices, four restaurants, a player's lounge, a coffee shop, three bars, a retail outlet, and approximately 4,500 parking spaces including an enclosed parking structure. The entertainment complex is scheduled to be complete in early 2018 and will employ approximately 1,200 people. Approximately 700 jobs will be created during construction.
Partners supporting the Pokagon Band and its Four Winds Casinos in the construction of Four Winds South Bend include: Architect, HBG Design, Memphis, Tenn.; Civil Engineer, Wightman and Associates, Benton Harbor, Mich.; Construction Management Company, F.A. Wilhelm, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Owners Representative, Kramer Management Group, Lansing, Mich.
About The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' sovereignty was reaffirmed under legislation signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994. The Pokagon Band is dedicated to providing community development initiatives such as housing, education, family services, medical care and cultural preservation for its approximately 5,000 citizens. The Pokagon Band's ten-county service area includes four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northern Indiana. Its main administrative offices are located in Dowagiac, Mich., with a satellite office in South Bend, Ind. In 2007, it opened Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich., followed by Four Winds Hartford in 2011 and Four Winds Dowagiac in 2013. More information is available at www.pokagonband-nsn.gov.
About Four Winds Casinos
Four Winds New Buffalo, located at 11111 Wilson Road in New Buffalo, Mich., Four Winds Hartford, located at 68600 Red Arrow Highway in Hartford, Mich., and Four Winds Dowagiac, located at 58700 M-51 South in Dowagiac, Mich., are owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. Four Winds New Buffalo offers 130,000 square feet of gaming with more than 3,000 slot machines, 60 table games, five restaurants, entertainment bars, retail venues, a pool, and a 415-room hotel, making it the premier gaming resort in the Midwest. Four Winds Hartford features more than 550 slot machines, nine table games, a 74-seat restaurant, and a 15-seat bar. Four Winds Dowagiac features 400 slot machines, seven table games and one restaurant. Please play responsibly. You must be 21 years of age to gamble. For more information on Four Winds Casinos, please call 1-(866)-4WINDS1 (866-494-6371) or visit www.fourwindscasino.com. Additionally, be sure to like Four Winds Casinos on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fourwindscasino and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com /fourwindscasino.
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