Isle of Capri vowing to use local businesses during construction

By Crystal Britt - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Business owners across Cape Girardeau want a piece of the casino action.  Many came out Friday to learn what's next now that Isle of Capri is indeed coming to town.

It was a full house at the Chamber's First Friday Coffee event at the Show Me Center.

With the Missouri Gaming Commission giving the thumbs up, an Isle of Capri Casino is officially coming to Cape Girardeau.

Many local business owners want to know how they can benefit from the $125 million project.

"I think it's great they are getting started right away, it will be great for our economy," said Jackie Payne of KENCO Enterprises.

Owners at KENCO in Cape Girardeau have their fingers crossed. They supply a number of things like building stone, brick, and landscaping.

"We're just a mile and a half down the road (from the casino location)," said Payne. "We have a lot of materials that are needed in the project."

She hopes her business gets a chance to supply materials needed for the new casino.

Ric Neubert with Delta Companies says his business has something to offer too.

"We have hot mix asphalt, ready mix concrete, and aggregate," said Neubert.

Like many at Friday's event, they just want to make sure they get a shot.

"Anxious for the opportunity to bid on whatever they have coming up," said Neubert.

Isle of Capri's Vice President of Design and Construction laid out for the crowd what they can expect in the coming months.

"We've told everyone we're committed to using folks from Cape on the project," said Dick Meister.

It's a promise he says Isle of Capri made in May. "And we're sticking to it," said Meister.

Many more steps are ahead, but if all goes as planned Isle of Capri will start accepting bids in February or March.

"There are a lot of trades here locally certainly a lot of union folks out of work, and we want to get them employed as soon as possible and use them," said Meister.

He says the project will generate about 300 construction jobs.

Look for construction on the casino itself to begin this coming summer.

Isle of Capri representatives hope to be open in two years.

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