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Austintown racino announces opening date for facility

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - An opening date has been announced for the site of a future race track and casino.

Within a year, the $125 million facility will be home to a race track and video lottery terminals. The games will range from just a penny to $25 dollar machines.

Construction workers, contractors and Penn National Gaming Officials signed a steel beam during a ceremony to mark the end of construction of the structural steel phase.

Ironworkers Local 207 finished the job two weeks early.

The panels on the building represent three days worth of work. Construction crews are on an aggressive time frame to get the entire 110,000 square foot building enclosed before the winter weather hits.

The roof should be on the building by December, which will allow indoor work to begin.

When open in November 2014, the new racino will offer a number of jobs and those interested can apply online.

The General Manager of Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course says applicants can apply now, however, screening won't begin until next year.

"We look for the best applicant; we look for that person that gives 'wow' service, then we'll train them for the skill set they need to operate in the gaming facility," says future General Manager Mike Galle.

Those involved are excited to bring something innovative to the area.

"Very few race tracks have been built in the last few years, so it's exciting to be building, from the ground up, a new faculty and racing venue will be a great combination," says Mark Lowe, Vice President of Ohio Racing Operations at Penn National Gaming.

Austintown Trustee Jim Davis says the region has benefited from construction jobs, and the Township residents will benefit from property taxes and state fees.

"The big key point is the $1 million we are going to receive and should be receiving within the few coming weeks from the state and another $1 million within the next six months," says Davis.

That money will be used to pave township roads that support people getting to the facility and for safety forces.


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