Once completed, it will be the first USDA-certified processing facility in the Adirondack Park.
It will significantly reduce distances traveled for livestock farmers and help reduce the wait time of 90 to 365 days that currently exists for area beef producers, Empire State Development President Kenneth Adams said.
“The project will have a tremendous impact on local livestock farmers in the way of cost savings and efficiency.”
TEAM EFFORT CITED
State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine was also at the celebration.
“It will create jobs in my home region of the North Country, help support local agriculture and stimulate the region’s economy,” he said. “This was a true team effort, and the results are outstanding.”
State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury) worked to get funding for the meat plant, and Little said it paid off.
“A local initiative is now taking off with the help of some state financial assistance, and there are many benefits, including investment and job creation in Essex County, helping our farmers grow their businesses, promoting a sustainable food source and providing consumers a product that will be appreciated for its high quality,” she said in a statement.
Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas (D-Jay) noted that a USDA inspector will be on duty in the plant full time once the plant opens.
The Essex County IDA helped the plant qualify for its loans and grants.
“This new meat-processing facility will improve the safety, reliability and sustainability of the North Country’s independent food supply,” Essex County IDA Co-Director Carol Calabrese said.
Ticonderoga Town Supervisor Debra Malaney said they’re fortunate the Wards decided to locate the plant in Ticonderoga.
“The Adirondack Meat Company will have a great economic impact ... that will also create a good number of full- and part-time jobs. The Regional Economic Development Council clearly made an astute call when they identified this as a priority project and provided incentives that helped the concept become reality.”