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Oxford Casino Breaks Ground on $25 Million Expansion

Patty Wight
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MPBN
Gov. Paul LePage at an Oxford Casino ground breaking Tuesday.

The Oxford Casino is expanding.

Casino owners, lawmakers and Gov. Paul LePage broke ground Tuesday on a new hotel due to open in 2017. The project will include more than 100 new guest rooms and an expansion of the gaming floor.

“We are honored to continue investing in this community, to create new jobs, and generate economic development, both for Oxford and surrounding communities,” says Bill Mudd, chief operating officer of Churchill Downs, the company that owns the Oxford Casino.

LePage praised Churchill Downs for bringing jobs to Maine.

“And the most important thing is they came to Maine, they didn’t ask for anything, they just do what they do best. And now they’re going to invest more money,” he says.

Slot technician manager Jeremy Callahan says he’s glad casino owner Churchill Downs is investing in Maine.

“I’m just one of 400 employees that make up what we call Oxford Casino, and all these jobs are very welcomed here, and we enjoy working here very much,” he says.

The expansion is projected to cost $25 million.