Niagara Gazette — The Seneca Gaming Corporation has been named as one of the region’s “Most Admired Companies” for 2013.
The gaming company, owner of the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, made a list compiled by Buffalo Business First. The publication asked readers, businesses and its staff to make suggestions and nominations, and selected 21 companies in the region based on factors such as growth, success, diversity and contributions to the local community.
Since opening Seneca Niagara Casino on Dec. 31, 2002, Seneca Gaming Corporation has grown into one of the largest private sector employers in Western New York. The company employs nearly 4,000 workers at its three casino entertainment properties – Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca and the new Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in downtown Buffalo.
The combined annual payroll of the Seneca casino properties is more than $100 million. Employees receive benefits including access to a free Team Dining Room and Fitness Center, both open 24 hours a day. The progressive company has many additional healthy initiatives, such as diabetes prevention and smoking cessation programs, as well as a health office with services offered free-of-charge and no need for co-payments or insurance.
Over the past 11 years, the company and its owner, the Seneca Nation of Indians, have also completed more than $1 billion worth of construction projects at its casino properties and the Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston.
For all of its business success, Seneca Gaming Corporation has placed a decided emphasis on giving back to the community. The company donated $1.275 million to Niagara County Community College towards the creation of the Culinary Institute. Seneca Gaming Corporation also donates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to local charities throughout Western New York. Through the company-sanctioned Team Seneca Cares program, team members can earn a paid day off by volunteering for and/or contributing to a minimum of eight community causes and events throughout the year.