Racino plans to hire 400

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Penn National Gaming announced on Thursday its plans to hire employees for the racino in Austintown.

About 400 people will be hired to give customers what Penn National calls “red carpet service.” Approximately 75 to 100 of those will be for the race track.

“We have already had 20 people show up at our front door trying to apply for positions. So we know the demand is out there. This is something the community has been expecting for quite some time. My guess is that we will be somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 people,” said Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course general manager Mike Galle.

Applicants are not expected to have experience, but they are expected to be smoke-free.

Galle said they plan to test employees for nicotine. It is all part of a program to create a healthy work environment.

“When we give an employee a meal, it is all healthy foods there. We have step challenges throughout the year,” said Galle. “It is a corporate initiative to keep our employees happy and healthy.”

This has been the way they have hired at all of their facilities throughout the state.

In addition to the hiring plans, officials believe that items for the horses, like hay and food, will be bought locally.

“I do believe that. There are a lot of good vendors in this market. A lot of the horsemen that race in the Cleveland market are using local vendors in that area. So I am sure between Cleveland and here, there are a multitude of vendors that are willing to help the horsemen in any way they can,” said Mark Loewe, vice president of Ohio Racing Operations for Penn National.

A job fair is scheduled for June 9  from noon to 8 p.m. in the former Fashion Bug store space at the Austintown Plaza. A second job fair is scheduled for June 25, at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

The job fair is open to the public. However, applicants seeking employment must first apply online in order to apply at the job fair. To apply, click here.

Applications will not be accepted at the racino.

Training is set to begin in July.

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