PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to Use 100% Union Labor for Hotel and Casino Expansion Project


SANTA YNEZ, CA – September 16, 2014 — The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians announced today it will use only union labor for the tribe’s hotel and casino expansion project.
The tribe also looks forward to working closely with local companies and vendors in a variety of roles through all phases of construction.
“The hotel and casino expansion is one of the tribe’s most significant construction projects in more than a decade,” said Vincent Armenta, Tribal Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. “We are committed to providing hundreds of construction jobs to union workers and working with local businesses through every step of construction.”
The work includes construction of a hotel tower that will add 215 guestrooms and a 20,000-square-foot pool deck, a parking garage, expansion of the existing gaming floor and additional food and beverage venues.
“We want to thank the Chumash for committing to use 100 percent union labor. This will help ensure that the construction money stays mostly in Santa Barbara County, which also helps local businesses,” said Tony Skinner, executive secretary-treasurer for the Tri-Counties Building and Construction Trades Council. “Because of the significant expanse of the project, there will be numerous apprenticeship opportunities where we will be training Santa Barbara County’s future construction workforce.”
The tribe plans to work with small businesses in the community throughout the construction. One of those firms is Mission Ready Mix in Solvang.
“We have had a good relationship with the Chumash tribe,” said Michael Hunt, vice president of operations for Mission Ready Mix. “We’ve worked on numerous projects with the tribe and were able to hire more employees and put people back to work. That was very fortunate for us. The economy still isn’t doing well. I’m a business owner and I know what’s going on out there.”
Pending review and approval of the Environmental Evaluation, construction is slated to begin in October with completion anticipated for 2016.
“It’s a win-win for us to work with a talented team of union workers and also give the local economy a much-needed boost,” said Armenta.

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