By Seth Daniel
When hammers start pounding nails on the new Wynn Everett casino, the hands holding those hammers will be local hands working for a local company.
Wynn Resorts announced a major milestone in the development of its $1.7 billion Wynn Resort on the Charlestown line by naming Suffolk Construction Company of Boston as general contractor for the project.
The choice was seen by many as a huge milestone towards breaking ground on the project, a milestone that has not come without a fair amount of strife.
“Wynn and Suffolk are finalizing plans to start construction of our three-million sq. ft. project,” said Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Everett. “Building a five-star resort that meets the Wynn quality standards requires an attention to detail that is unwavering. Suffolk Construction shares our values and is working with us full speed to meet our groundbreaking target.”
Preparation and remediation of the 33-acre Wynn site along the Mystic River began in October of 2015 and is progressing on schedule. Construction of the Wynn Resort in Everett will generate 4,000 union trade jobs that cover 10 million total work hours. An additional 4,000 permanent operational jobs will be created when the resort is scheduled to open in 2018.
“In choosing Suffolk Construction, Wynn has demonstrated its commitment to work with local firms and Suffolk shares that same commitment,” said John Fish, CEO of Suffolk Construction. “This is a landmark project that will require a multitude of craftspeople, laborers and vendors all performing at the highest level of execution. Suffolk Construction is working with the union trades to open these opportunities to veterans, minorities, woman and all tradespeople across Wynn’s host and surrounding communities.”