Ticonderoga A proposed meat processing plant in Ticonderoga has received a major boost.
Adirondack Meat Co. has received a $900,000 loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The money will help construct and equip a $1.4 million plant planned for the Ti industrial park.
Pete Ward, the developer behind the proposed plant, said there is no timetable for construction. Financing remains to be completed before the project becomes reality.
While Adirondack Meat Co. awaits word on further financing, 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.
The proposed 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 plants 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. 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.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced the company received a Business and Industry Guarantee Loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.