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Barges Built for Horseshoe Casino

7 June 2006

INDIANA – As reported by the Northwest Indiana News: "Two 1,700-ton barges under construction at a Louisiana shipyard will make their way to Hammond in early winter to become part of the Horseshoe casino expansion project.

"Houston-based marine construction company J. Ray McDermott started work in early May on the steel barges, each measuring 276 feet by 102 feet.

"By next summer they will be joined with another four barges to form the base of the massive new floating vessel being built by Horseshoe owner Harrah's Entertainment Inc. in a $485 million project.

"…Another two barges are under construction at Corn Island Shipyard in Lamar in southern Indiana, Horseshoe Casino general manager Rick Mazer said. R&R Marine in Port Arthur, Texas, is building the final two.

"…The casino is expected to open in summer 2008 with a 170,000-square-foot gambling floor and double the number of slot machines and table games on the existing Horseshoe vessel…"

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