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News Article | November 7, 2016
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The Oneida Nation today announced a $20 million dollar investment in its award-winning Turning Stone Resort Casino, one of the most extensive upgrade projects of the resort in its 23 year history. A tourism industry leader, the Oneida Nation consistently invests in the property to enhance the already exceptional guest experience, while also retaining everything guests love about their favorite gaming resort. The new project reflects Turning Stone’s renowned responsiveness to guests and its continued commitment to being a world-class destination. The significant investment includes new modernized features and amenities, including a brand new gaming floor with both smoke-free and smoker-friendly facilities with improved air quality and state-of-the-art air filtration systems, giving both non-smoking and smoking guests the ability to customize their gaming experience based on their own preference. Other upgrades that are part of this investment include six new fast casual restaurants in an all new Food Hall, and new beautifully-appointed guest rooms in the AAA Four Diamond rated Tower hotel. “Turning Stone is one of the leading tourist destinations in the region: we are deeply committed to world-class service and being responsive to our guests – and then matching that commitment with guest-driven investments. This new project reflects that legacy – it shows our dedication to offering superior amenities and consistently evolving and elevating the guest experience at Turning Stone,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO. “We have always been committed to the economic development and stability of our region and will continue to reinvest locally, work with our local trades and provide thousands of jobs for Central New Yorkers.” All-New Gaming Floor: Phase one the new contemporary-style gaming floor will be revealed on November 16th with the grand opening of Casino Blu, a new casino concept within the existing gaming floor at Turning Stone, offering guests the best, and one of the only, smoker-friendly gaming floors in the region, with improved air quality and a new state-of-the-art air filtration system. Casino Blu will feature a variety of slot machines with a wide range of titles including Power Keno, Super Power Keno, Cleopatra Keno, Caveman Keno and many more, as well as popular table games, including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, Let it Ride and Spanish 21. Bar Blu, a new cocktail lounge in Casino Blu, will feature six bar top video poker games, handcrafted cocktails and an extensive list of beers and spirits. With the grand opening of the smoker-friendly Casino Blu, the remainder of Turning Stone’s gaming floor will now become smoke-free, giving both non-smoking and smoking guests the ability to choose their gaming experience based on their own personal preference. Turning Stone’s all new gaming floor will also include a brand new domestic high-limit area and the Golden Dragon, the new international high-limit gaming section, offering guests popular table games such as Midi Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker and Blackjack. Intentionally staged in multiple phases to minimize the impact on guests, Turning Stone’s all new gaming floor will be completed in early 2017. Gaming and all other operations at the resort will proceed as usual throughout the process. The New Food Hall: With a legacy of creating its own signature award-winning dining options, Turning Stone will open the new Food Hall in late December, offering guests six new fast casual restaurants. For this latest culinary project, Turning Stone has partnered with SixteenFifty, the same creative team behind the design of TS Steakhouse, Upstate Tavern, Tin Rooster, and Pino Bianco. The new Food Hall restaurants are: 1.    Bad Burro Taco Shop: Offering a variety of fresh, made-to-order chicken, steak, pork or vegetable tacos and quesadillas, with sides ranging from chips and salsa to rice and beans. 2.    Bun Heaven: Serving an extensive menu of juicy burgers made from 100 percent all natural beef on GMO free buns, Hofmann hot dogs, tasty sides including onion rings, sweet potato fries and tater tots, and delicious milkshakes and malts. 3.    Hong Kong Kitchen: Featuring a menu of popular Asian entrees, including General Tso Chicken, beef and broccoli, shrimp in garlic sauce and sweet and sour pork, with tempting sides including fried rice and Chow Mein noodles, and appetizers such as egg rolls and chicken pot stickers. 4.    Sam’s Delicatessen: Offering deli classics such as the featured Rueben sandwich and additional overstuffed sandwiches like corned beef, pastrami, turkey and roast beef, as well as matzo ball soup, salads and sides. 5.    The Funky Chicken: Serving fresh grilled and fried chicken dishes ranging from smothered fried chicken sandwich and grilled chicken cordon blue to two-, three- and 12-piece fried chicken entrees with sides. 6.    Wicked Good Pizza: The widely popular and successful brand from Turning Stone’s sister casino, Wicked Good Pizza will feature New York style, hand-tossed pizza, crispy chicken wings and a variety of pastas and sandwiches. On Monday, November 14, Turning Stone will host a Food Hall job fair to hire for more than 80 full- and part-time culinary and restaurant positions, including several supervisory positions. Interested candidates can pre-register online and walk-ins are also welcome. Additional details, including pre-registration can be found here. Turning Stone’s all-new gaming floor and building of the new Food Hall has created 75 high-quality jobs for local trade workers and a continued reinvestment in the area by generating business for area companies. New Tower Hotel Guest Rooms: Turning Stone is also underway with an extensive $8 million, floor-by-floor remodel of the 285 Tower hotel rooms, bringing a fresh, clean design to the property and introducing an entire floor of hypo-allergenic guest rooms. With 80 rooms remodeled already, the entire project is expected to be completed by summer 2018. Designed by Syracuse-based Zausmer Frisch Scruton & Aggarwal, the new rustic contemporary rooms feature hardwood floors, distressed furnishings from Stickley Furniture, one of Central New York’s leading furniture manufacturers, contemporary light fixtures, Native American artwork from Frank Howell and beautiful photography of New York State landscapes from Upstate New York artist Don Cochran. This industry-leading design is just one of the latest examples of Turning Stone’s dedication and commitment to providing guests the ultimate experience and innovative amenities. Turning Stone has a legacy of continually innovating and enhancing the guest experience. In the past, this has led to the creation of Exit 33, the resort’s entertainment and dining complex, top-notch, nationally televised sporting events and championship-level golf courses, award-winning lodging and spas and the introduction of several world-class restaurants. About Turning Stone Resort Casino A renowned, award-winning destination resort in Upstate New York, the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino features world-class amenities including four hotels, two luxurious spas, five golf courses, more than 20 dining options, a 125,000 square foot Las Vegas-style gaming floor, a cabaret style Showroom, a 5,000 seat arena, and several nightlife venues. Conveniently located 30 miles east of Syracuse at NYS Thruway exit 33, Turning Stone was named “Best Countryside Hotel/Lodge” in 2015 and “Most Excellent Golf Resort” in 2010 by Condé Nast Johansens. Turning Stone has also earned the prestigious Forbes Four Star Award for The Lodge, Forbes Recommended Ratings for TS Steakhouse and Wildflowers restaurant and, for 10 consecutive years, the AAA Four Diamond Award for The Lodge, The Tower Hotel, and Wildflowers restaurant. For more information and reservations, call (315) 361-7711 or (800) 771-7711. Visit the web site http://www.turningstone.com.


Selvamanickam V.,University of Houston | Chen Y.,Super Power | Kesgin I.,University of Houston | Guevara A.,University of Houston | And 16 more authors.
IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity | Year: 2011

Second-generation (2G) HTS wires are now being produced routinely in kilometer lengths using Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) process with critical currents of 300 A/cm. While this achievement is enabling several prototype devices, in order to reach a substantial commercial market, the cost-performance metrics of 2G HTS wires need to be significantly improved in device operating conditions. Zr-doping has been found to be an effective approach to improve in-field critical current performance of MOCVD-based HTS wires. In this work, we have explored modifications to the Zr-doped precursor compositions to achieve three and two-fold increase in deposition rate in research and production MOCVD systems respectively. Production wires made with modified Zr-doped compositions exhibit a self-field critical current density of 50 MA/cm2 at 4.2 K and a 55 to 65% higher performance than our previous wires with Zr-doping, over magnetic field range of 0 to 30 T. We have also developed an alternate, low-cost technique, namely electrodeposition, to deposit silver overlayer on superconducting film. Wires made with electrodeposited silver are able to sustain the same level of overcurrent as sputtered silver layers. This process has been successfully scaled up to 100 m lengths. © 2011 IEEE.

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