Ceremony marks progress at Austintown racino

AUSTINTOWN — Iron workers, the future general manager of the racino and township trustees gathered Tuesday morning for a ceremony to mark the "topping off" of the final steel beams for the facility.

"I love [Penn National]," said Michael Galle, appointed general manager of the Austintown racino. "I love how it gets involved in the communities."

The iron workers from Beaver Excavating of Akron and Kelley's Steel Erectors Inc. of Cleveland were commended for getting the steel beams up ahead of schedule. About 10 percent of the outer walls are also in place along the structure. The goal is to get the roof on before winter .

The iron workers, township trustees and Penn National employees were invited to sign the final steel beam before it was placed.

Davis VanDusen, project superintendent, said the hiring of union iron workers was a solid decision that paid off.

"They gained about a week of time," said VanDusen.

Trustees Jim Davis and Lisa Oles were also in attendance at the ceremony. Both also signed the steel beam.

"I got goosebumps," Davis said.

Davis and Oles also met with the new general manager.

"We look forward to forming a relationship with him in the future," Oles said.

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