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Tribe hosting job fair to hire for expansion

Apr 19, 2015 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe is hosting job fairs at two locations Thursday to hire for a major renovation at the tribe's casino.

The first fair is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie, and the second is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Inn in Lander.

"The tribe and casino have always sought to work locally with the same people who are our friends and customers," said Robert Pokorney, Shoshone Rose Casino general manager. "Anything that makes our wider community stronger makes us stronger."

The job fairs are in preparation for a $28 million expansion of the Shoshone Rose Casino.

In November, the tribe received a $25 million loan for the addition, which will include a new 65-room hotel. The project also includes conference rooms, a swimming pool, a new gaming floor with more than 500 slot machines and table games, and an outdoor restaurant with a patio facing the Wind River Range.

Because crews come and go during the construction, Pokorney said the job fair will provide "a few hundred" people with work.

"There will be some subcontractors who will have most of their own crews, some local, some not," Pokorney said. "Other subcontractors will hire many local individuals for this project only."

At each job fair, potential employees will view a presentation by construction and employment managers who will discuss the overall scope of the project, the construction schedule and information on submitting bids.

"The tribe is interested in meeting with local contractors, both Indian and non-Indian, that want to bid on portions of the project," a release from the casino stated. "Tribal members with any experience in general construction, earthwork, concrete, steel erection, carpentry, roofing, drywall, tile and carpet, painting, plumbing, heating and cooling, electrical or landscaping are encouraged to bring a resume and/or certifications in these specific trade areas."

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