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September 2, 2013

Ti slaughterhouse under construction

First meat-processing plant in ADKs to open later this year

TICONDEROGA — Owners of the Adirondack Meat Company plant under construction in Ticonderoga say they expect it to open before the end of the year to serve northern New York.

The meat-processing facility is being built at the north end of Ticonderoga Commerce Park, off Route 74, and will create 17 new jobs, said owners Peter and Denise Ward.

“We, at Adirondack Meat Company, look forward to partnering with local livestock producers to create a variety of locally grown, value-added products,” Mr. Ward said at recent ceremony held the site.

“We will process quality farm-fresh meat from around the Adirondack and North Country region, to be distributed throughout New York and the Northeast.”

RETAIL SHOP

The slaughterhouse was desperately needed by beef producers in the region, officials said, and the 7,500-square-foot meat-processing plant will slaughter, process, and return packaged products to livestock suppliers.

The Ticonderoga facility will include a retail shop for the sale of processed and packaged meat and will brand finished products with the Adirondack Meat Company label.

The plant was funded, in part, with a $465,000 grant from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development initiative.

Adirondack Meat Company was also aided by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s allocation of $300,000 from Empire State Development and $165,000 from the State Department of Agriculture and Markets, through the Essex County Industrial Development Agency.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is guaranteeing a loan for the plant.

FIRST IN PARK

State and local leaders gathered at the Commerce Park construction site to discuss its merits.

“This is an excellent example of how the Regional Council is advancing projects that address multiple opportunities,” North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said at the event.

“In this case, Ticonderoga will enjoy a number of new jobs, our farmers have an opportunity to gain more value from their livestock, and the North Country will have expanded access to locally produced food.”

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