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Red Wings want local contractors to work on arena

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DETROIT (AP) — The owners of the Detroit Red Wings want local contractors to build the hockey team’s new arena.

To that end, Olympia Development of Michigan is inviting state-based construction firms and suppliers to attend a meeting it’s hosting in Detroit.

The Michigan Made, Detroit Built summit is planned for Tuesday at the MotorCity Casino Hotel.

According to a statement from Olympia Development, the event is “intended to ensure that the new arena is built primarily with materials made in Michigan, financially benefiting companies from all parts of the state.”

Wings owner Mike Ilitch has said the arena will open in 2017.

It’s to be part of a sports and entertainment district that will integrate existing venues such as Comerica Park, home of the Ilitch-owned Detroit Tigers.

 

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