SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, May 17, 2017 /CNW/ - Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (Gateway) will be appointing a new Regional Director to be based in Sault Ste. Marie. The Regional Director will manage the operational performance of gaming facilities in OLG's (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's) North Gaming Bundle after Gateway takes over day-to-day operations, expected to take place in the coming weeks. The Regional Director will work closely with the general managers of each gaming facility in the North to ensure high-performing gaming operations in each of the host communities.
"Gateway is looking forward to expanding our footprint in the North and working closely with our new OLG colleagues in Sault Ste. Marie," said Keith Andrews, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Ontario at Gateway. "Up to this point we've been working very hard to transition the properties and the employees, but very shortly our focus will turn to being on the ground in the Sault, talking to local decision makers, and benefitting from the depth of experience in Ontario gaming operations found in the Sault."
Gateway is expected to sign a 20-year Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA) with OLG in the coming weeks, after which Gateway will be responsible for the day-to-day gaming operations of the North Gaming Bundle which includes Casino Sault Ste. Marie, Casino Thunder Bay, OLG Slots at Sudbury Downs, as well as planned new builds in North Bay and Kenora.
"Partnerships with the private sector, like Gateway, will help ensure the best possible gaming experience for customers and will leverage our gaming expertise in the Province, headquartered in Sault Ste. Marie," said Greg McKenzie, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at OLG. "We are pleased that Gateway has chosen to locate this strategic position in Sault Ste. Marie, which will help set up the North Bundle for success now and in the future."
Gateway also operates the gaming facilities in the Southwest Gaming Bundle which includes Gateway Casinos in Clinton, Dresden, Hanover, London, Point Edward and Woodstock.
About Gateway Casinos & Entertainment
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited ("Gateway") is the largest and most diversified gaming company in Canada. Operating in British Columbia, Edmonton and Southwestern Ontario, Gateway has over 5,200 employees and operates 23 gaming properties with 248 tables, over 8,400 slots, 54 restaurants and bars and 272 hotel rooms. As the selected service provider in Northern Ontario, Gateway will add an additional three properties and two new planned builds to the portfolio when fully transitioned and developed. Gateway is undertaking an ambitious growth strategy to dramatically improve the customer experience and attract new customers. This includes the development of proprietary food and beverage brands like Match Eatery & Public House and Atlas Steak + Fish. This year Gateway is celebrating 25 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada. Further information is available at www.gatewaycasinos.com.
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