Gulfside Casino Partnership announced it would partner with five more Arkansas-based companies on its proposed $254 million Pope County facility.
Gulfside said it is hiring Curtis H. Stout, Inc., Middleton Heating & Air, Stephens Insurance, Westrock Coffee, and Russellville-based Barrett & Associates. Last month, Gulfside announced it would work with Conway-based Nabholz Construction as one of its general contractors.
The River Valley Casino Resort will include 500 hotel rooms, 80,000 square feet of gaming space, as well as dining options and outdoor entertainment space. The casino operator said it will add 1,500 jobs in the region and a $60.5 million annual payroll.
“We’re honored to support Gulfside Casino Partnership as it builds its River Valley Casino Resort,” said Morgan Barrett of Barrett & Associates, a land surveying and environmental engineering firm. “This facility will be an entertainment destination for the region as well as the state.”
“Stephens Insurance is proud to be one of the Arkansas companies selected to work with Gulfside Casino Partnership,” said Miles Stephens, president and CEO of Stephens Insurance. “We share a deep and abiding commitment to the state and the communities we serve, and we look forward to supporting its River Valley Casino Resort as it creates new economic opportunities.”
“We look forward to designing and installing a state-of-the-art heating, air-conditioning and ventilation system for the River Valley Casino Resort,” said Mark Middleton, president of Middleton, Inc. “Gulfside’s decision to hire Arkansas-based contractors and suppliers will help create jobs and spur continued economic benefits—for the local community, region and entire state.”
“Our company is honored to be selected as a vendor for the dynamic casino resort project in Pope County,” said Ron Smith, president and CEO of Curtis H. Stout, Inc., a Little Rock-based electrical and electronics solutions provider.
Gulfside’s casino license is being challenged by the Cherokee Nation Businesses in a lawsuit currently before the Arkansas Supreme Court.