Lago construction moves forward in Tyre

Two Lago Resort & Casino partners – Thomas C. Wilmot, Sr., Wilmorite Chairman, and M. Brent Stevens, Managing Member of Peninsula Pacific – today highlighted Lago’s commitment to achieving a New York State certified minority- and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) goal of 30 percent in the construction of their world-class resort and casino, located in Tyre, New York.“Three MWBEs are hard at work helping to construct Lago and we could not be more pleased with the quality of the job they are doing,” Wilmot said. “We have said from the beginning of this project that we are committed to using as many New York companies as possible, employing as many Upstate union workers as possible and ensuring diversity throughout the process.”Lago restarted their construction using three New York State certified MWBEs. Currently, Fisher Associates, headquartered in Rochester, with offices in Syracuse and Buffalo, is conducting survey and layout work. A & K Slip Forming, Inc., based in Cobleskill, is handling curbing. And Earth Road Asphalt, located in Syracuse, is in charge of paving. A fourth MWBE, EJ Construction Group, Inc., from Liverpool, will begin next week reinforcing concrete.“We are proud as a certified WBE firm to be working on Lago, providing jobs for Upstate workers, and demonstrating our commitment to helping create a brighter economic future for Upstate New York and all New Yorkers,” said Margaret (Peggy) Spano, President of Earth Road, Inc.“As an Upstate MWBE construction firm with union workers, we are delighted to be part of the Lago team. Lago’s commitment to both quality construction and diversity is worth trumpeting,” said Donna Bartholomew, President of A&K Slip Forming.“With their adoption of a 30 percent goal, Lago’s developers have consistently shown their commitment to diversity and now we get to help prove why that’s good for business and good for New York,” said Jerry Abrantes, President of EJ Construction Group, Inc.“Lago sees New York’s MWBE program as a benefit for the project, for our workforce and for the State,” Stevens said. “We are proud of our 30 percent MWBE goal and we continue to ensure that measures are in place for Lago to utilize a diverse workforce through the development and operation of the project.”Lago will host two MWBE “matchmaker” events this week: Today from 4-6 pm in Rochester at the Hilton Garden Inn – University Medical Center (30 Celebration Drive) and Friday in East Syracuse from 4-6 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn (6004 Fair Lakes Road).“These MWBE matchmaker events will provide a wonderful opportunity for minority-owned and women-owned businesses to meet members of the Lago team, as well as network with large Upstate construction and development firms such as Wilmorite, Pike, LeChase, Danforth, and many others,” Wilmot said. “This is part of our ongoing community outreach efforts to attract MWBEs to partner with Lago and our team as we build the best resort and casino in New York and help rebuild the economic future of the Finger Lakes region.”

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