Casino Ship Means Millions

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The economy is looking up and a local company is full steam ahead.

Eastern Ship Building in Millville put the final touches on the Big M Casino Wednesday. It will sail to its home port in Fort Myers on Friday.

The 186-foot boat means millions of dollars for our local economy.

Eastern subcontracted work for the carpet, paint, woodwork, glass, kitchen and bath-ware. The company also had to hire extra laborers to get the job done. They say this type of project really puts Panama City and Eastern on the map.

"Any boat we can get our name on, especially something of this caliber, it improves our reputation even more than it already is," says Justin Smith, the project manager.

Eastern is also working on a number of other big projects including a barge for the Army Corps of Engineers and two oil supply ships.