Ticonderoga The Adirondack Meat Co. hopes to be operational by late summer.
Plans to construct the $1.4 million meat processing facility at the Ticonderoga industrial park were finalized when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $300,000 grant Dec. 19 as part of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
“We can’t break ground until all the paperwork is complete,” said Pete Ward, the project developer. “That gets us into January and cold weather. We’ll probably break ground in March or April.”
Ward said plans are to have the plant operational by mid-August, when the meat harvest season begins.
The 7,500 square feet plant is expected to initially employ a dozen people. It will include a slaughterhouse, a smokehouse and an in-house retail meat store.
Plans are to provide Adirondack-grown, grass-fed, organic beef and pork to restaurants and stores within an 85-mile radius. There are also plans for internet sales of beef and pork.
Permits for the Adirondack Meat Co. allow for the harvest of 10 animals a day. The plant will be constructed to handle 50 animals a day as Ward plans for future expansion.
Adirondack Meat Co. received a $900,000 loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in October.
It has all the necessary permits to start working just east of the Tractor Supply store on Route 74. It has approval from the Adirondack Park Agency, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and others. It has also been certified by the USDA.
Adirondack Meat Co. will be environmentally friendly, Ward stressed. There will be no odors because animal renderings will be immediately frozen and sold for use in pharmaceutical products. Hides will be shipped to tanneries. Nothing will be landfilled.
Employees at the plant will receive USDA-approved training and certification.
Adirondack Meat Co. has been in the planning stages since 2010. It went before the Ticonderoga planning board in February this year.