JAY, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Businesses (CNB) plans to locate an industrial laundry facility in Jay, Okla. The facility will eliminate the outsourcing of laundry services for its hotels, and bring approximately 10 new jobs to the area.
“The development of this facility helps us achieve our goals of economic development and job creation inside the Cherokee Nation in two ways,” says Chad Smith, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. “It eliminates outsourcing of services, and creates new jobs for Cherokee citizens in Delaware County.”
The collective room count at CNB-owned hotels is nearly 500, with plans to add another 100 rooms at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa within the next year. As CNB’s hospitality sector grows, so would the workload at the new laundry facility, according to the company.
“Opening a laundry facility like this in Jay allows us to eliminate an outside service and bring that work in-house, which is great for our business’s bottom line,” says David Stewart, chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “While saving money, it also shows our commitment to expanding into places like Jay, that CNB hasn’t been able to create jobs in before.”
CNB plans to complete the purchase of an existing property in Jay sometime next month, and construction will take approximately four to six weeks. Operations will begin shortly thereafter.
“I am extremely happy that CNB has decided to locate this new project in Jay,” says Harley Buzzard, who represents Adair, Delaware and Ottawa Counties on the tribal council. “Cherokees in our area desperately need jobs, and this is a wonderful step in the right direction.”
Cherokee Nation Businesses is the tribally-owned holding company of the Cherokee Nation, the second largest Indian Nation in the United States. CNB owns companies in the gaming, hospitality, personnel services, distribution, manufacturing, telecommunications and environmental services industries.