Updates and Activities of the NCREDC
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the approval of $300,000 for the Adirondack Meat Company’s new, 7,500 square-foot USDA-certified food processing facility in Ticonderoga, Essex County. The facility, which is up and running with a dozen new jobs already created, will help meet the growing need of area livestock farmers and producers and generate a total of 17 jobs in Essex County. The company is also slated to open a retail store on Wicker Street in Ticonderoga on May 1 of this year.
“Targeted investments in local job-creating industries is helping bring economic growth to communities in Essex County and across the State,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “The Regional Council process has recognized that no one knows a community better than its own residents and business leaders, and by crafting a regionally tailored, job-growth strategy the North Country REDC is helping leverage smart investments like this one to grow the local economy.”
Through the second round of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, the project was awarded a total of $465,000 and identified as a regional priority by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, with funding approved last week by Empire State Development’s Board of Directors.
The Adirondack Meat Company’s new meat processing facility is designed to process and return packaged products to livestock suppliers. The operation, which is the first USDA-certified processing facility in the Adirondack Park, significantly reduces the distance traveled for livestock farmers and helps reduce the lengthy wait time that currently exists. The upgrades allow the Adirondack Meat Company to provide faster turnaround as well as the needed capacity to limit processing transportation costs and delays, resulting in increased profitability and sustainability for area farmers.
Adirondack Meat Company Owner Peter Ward said, “We look forward to working with local beef, pork, sheep and goat producers throughout the North Country and Champlain Valley region of New York State. Working with local producers on the growing need for fresh, all-natural animals will be very productive for our region. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Governor Cuomo and his staff for making opportunities like this available to small businesses in New York State. Opportunities like this give small businesses a chance to succeed. Special thanks go to Essex County IDA for all the time and effort they put into this project as well as our partners at Empire State Development, the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, NYS Ag& Markets, USDA RD, North Country Alliance, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Town of Ticonderoga, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Essex County Board of Supervisors.”
Based on survey responses from area livestock growers, the facility is anticipated to double the production of livestock in the region and eliminate an existing barrier to value-added productions. The company plans to open a retail shop for the sale of processed and packaged meat, and branding a finished product with the Adirondack label will further promote the region.