Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Mich. is constructing a two-story building with multiple units with bedrooms, bathrooms, common spaces, and kitchenettes. The housing will be primarily used for additional international labor in the H-2B and J-1 visa programs.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Mich. has broken ground and construction has started on a new building for employee housing. The two-story building will have multiple units with bedrooms, bathrooms, common spaces, and kitchenettes. The building will be primarily used for additional international labor in the H-2B and J-1 visa programs.
“We are taking a proactive approach to keep our amenities open and service levels where guests expect them,” says General Manager Matthew Bryant. “The need for more employees started back in 2018. In 2019 we really decided to put pen to paper and make this come to fruition.”
The resort currently has 85 foreign labor employees and will be able to bring in more with the new housing unit.
“To have the space to house additional employees during our peak season is incredible,” Bryant said. “This extra staff will help fill open positions in departments like culinary, food & beverage, and housekeeping.”
Food & Beverage Supervisor Marvin Seekoei is from Cape Town, South Africa. He has worked all around the United States but has never seen a company go to these lengths for their international labor.
“We all come to America to work hard for our families. A roof over our head is important,” Seekoei said. “Major kudos to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa for working to give us the best accommodations possible. It is within walking distance to the property and will be the best housing experience for those from foreign countries.”
Construction is being done by the resort’s ownership, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, and the Grand Traverse Economic Development. Construction is expected to be completed by March 2023.