Black Bear Realty has picked two Maine companies to build the Oxford casino.

The developer has chosen Stillwater-based Sargent Corp. to be the site contractor and Pittsfield-based Cianbro to be the casino’s construction manager.

”From the start, for both my son Gary and me, this has been all about jobs for Maine people. We wanted to do something to give back to an area that has been so good to us,” said Black Bear owner Bob Bahre in a media release. “I know the high standards and quality of these companies and I’m confident they’ll do a good job putting more Maine people to work in the process.”

Cianbro CEO Pete Vigue said the project will bring “immediate jobs and spending to this region.” In the the long run, he added, hundreds of permanent jobs will be created.

Vigue noted that the jobs come at a time when the unemployment rate in Oxford County hovers around 10 percent.

The $165 million Oxford casino resort project was approved by Maine voters in November. Developers have said the project will be completed over five years in three phases, the first of which calls for a 65,000-square-foot casino, restaurant and lounge. Next would come a 200-room hotel, followed in the final stage by meeting space for conventions.

They have said the project will create about 1,700 jobs.