---- — TICONDEROGA — Adirondack Meat Co. will receive $300,000 for adding a 7,500-square-foot USDA-certified food-processing facility to its site here.
The facility, which is up and running with a dozen new jobs already created, is expected to generate a total of 17 jobs in Essex County.
The company also plans to open a retail store on Wicker Street in Ticonderoga on May 1. The store will offer branded products with an Adirondack label.
Adirondack Meat Co. processes meat and returns packaged products to livestock suppliers.
It is the first USDA-certified processing facility in the Adirondack Park, and it reduces the distance traveled by livestock farmers and helps cut the lengthy wait time for products.
The upgrades will allow Adirondack Meat Co. 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, the state said.
Based on survey responses from area livestock growers, the facility is anticipated to double the production of livestock.
“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,” Adirondack Meat Co. owner Peter Ward said in a news release.
“Working with local producers on the growing need for fresh, all-natural animals will be very productive for our region.”
He thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his staff, Essex County IDA, Empire State Development, North Country Regional Economic Development Council, NYS Ag & Markets, USDA RD, North Country Alliance, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Town of Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and Essex County Board of Supervisors for their help.
Ticonderoga Town Supervisor Bill Grinnell called the business “a vital part of our community and our local economy,” adding, “We are very happy to hear that it is expanding and creating additional good-paying jobs for our residents.”
Through the second round of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, the project was awarded a total of $465,000.
It was identified as a regional priority by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, with funding approved last week by Empire State Development Board of Directors.
“Targeted investments in local job-creating industries are helping bring economic growth to communities in Essex County and across the state,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“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.”
Some of the other praise for the project came from:
Empire State Development President, CEO and commissioner Kenneth Adams: “Adirondack Meat Company’s success is the result of true collaboration among many partners on the federal, state and local level, and ESD applauds the North Country Regional Economic Development Council for investing in their growth.”
Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh): “Agricultural growth continues to bring much-needed jobs and economic activity to the North Country. Adding this USDA-certified facility gives a boost to our local livestock farmers and encourages the long-term sustainable growth of the industry in this region.”
Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury): “I am very pleased to see the progress being made by Adirondack Meat Company, knowing how important this food-processing facility is to farmers in the North Country and how beneficial it will be for our local economy. This is a great private and public collaboration; jobs are already being created with more on the way.”
Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury): “Once again, we celebrate a big win for the North Country by expanding economic development opportunities and strengthening our agricultural businesses. Congratulations to the Adirondack Meat Company for their vision and creation of this much needed facility.”