Gun Lake Tribe Acting Chairman Ed Pigeon is excited about the tribe’s future
Published April 13, 2016
WAYLAND, MICHIGAN—The Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan (Gun Lake Tribe) released details of a $76 million expansion to its Gun Lake Casino that is due to be completed in the summer of 2017. When completed, the expansion will nearly double the current size.
“This $76 million expansion will produce economic growth, and more career opportunities for our tribal citizens, our friends, and neighbors here in West Michigan,” says Ed Pigeon, acting tribal chairman of the Gun Lake Tribe and Casino Board. “We are proud to make a significant investment in our property for the enjoyment of guests, which in turn will bring increased benefits to the local community.”
“This investment will bring returns that will provide for our children and future generations,” added Pigeon.
Ground breaking took place in January. Construction is underway.
The expansion includes a premiere buffet restaurant, a high-limit gaming room, and a new 131 entertainment lounge that will double the current size to offer enough seating to attract regional entertainers.
“This is a major step forward in the development of Gun Lake Casino as a top-tier gaming entertainment venue,” commented John Shagonaby, CEO of the Gun Lake Tribal Gaming Authority. “The addition of many gaming space, premiere buffet dining and headline entertainment puts our property on par with any in the Midwest.”
Still operating during expansion
With its growth and expansion, the Gun Lake Casino will add 100 new team members, bring the total to over 900 employees.
“Our guests are going to be thrilled with the new gaming, dining and entertainment amenities we will offer here at Gun Lake Casino,” said Brent Arena, vice president and general manager of Gun Lake Casino.
Clark Construction has been hired to serve as the Construction Manager on the project. Preliminary site work was completed this winter. Construction crews have started demolition work, as well as footings and foundations for the building expansion.
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