TINIAN CASINO DEVELOPER TO IMPORT CHINESE WORKERS

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Bridge Investment required to hire 16 local residents

By Moneth G. Deposa

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, May 8, 2008) – Bridge Investment Group executive vice president Phillip Mendiola-Long yesterday said their company is interviewing local residents on Tinian and Saipan to meet the 20 percent local hire requirement.

Bridge Investment plans to construct a casino on Tinian.

[PIR editor’s note: Bridge Investment Group in February scaled down its casino project – Tinian Oceanview Resort and Condominiums - from $200 million to $50 million. ]

He said the containers containing materials for their temporary construction worker staff housing have already arrived on Tinian.

Physical work is expected to begin this week following the customs and quarantine inspection on Monday.

With the approval of the Department of Labor, Mendiola-Long said they would be transferring construction workers from China, already employed by their construction company, to the project site on Tinian.

"There will be no need for us to recruit new foreign construction labor, since the construction company already has the experienced staff already working for their company," he said.

But Mendiola-Long said the company is looking to fill 16 local hire positions.

They will here applicants with "construction background."

Notices for these positions will be published in the papers next week.

Mendiola-Long said Labor and the Division of Immigration "have been nothing but exemplary in their support."

He added, "Their team work and motivation to assist our project has been outstanding. I couldn’t be more satisfied with the assistance they have given us in processing our construction worker labor applications."

The construction of phase one of the project will be for the temporary construction worker staff housing, which will be relocated once they enter the fifth "finishing" phase of the project so that landscaping and ground work can be completed, Mendiola-Long said.

"We anticipate the temporary construction worker staff housing to only be used about 12-16 months," he added.

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