North Country Regional Economic Development Council Celebrates Construction Progress at Adirondack Meat Company in Ticonderoga
The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) today joined the Adirondack Meat Company, Inc., Essex County Industrial Development Agency, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, and other state and local leaders in celebrating construction progress on the Adirondack Meat Company’s USDA food processing facility in Ticonderoga. The facility will help meet the growing need of area livestock farmers and producers and create 17 new jobs in Essex County. The Adirondack Meat Company, a NCREDC priority project, was awarded a total of $465,000 in Round 2 of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development initiative and aligns with the NCREDC’s strategic plan by fostering the growth of the small, entrepreneurial businesses, supporting the region’s agriculture industry and promoting the sale of value-added, local products.
“This is an excellent example of how the Regional Council is advancing projects that address multiple opportunities,” said Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. “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.”
“The NCREDC’s vision and strategies put into place mechanisms to attract private investment to revitalize and diversify the economic base of communities throughout the region,” said Anthony G. Collins, President of Clarkson University and Co-Chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. “Based on public input and the Council’s review of employment trends and opportunities, we saw a number of ways to improve job prospects in agriculture. Working together, we are creating the infrastructure for a sustainable food supply that allows us to effectively market the produce and food grown and made in the North Country.”
Adirondack Meat Company is currently in the process of constructing and equipping a 7,500 square foot meat processing plant that will slaughter, process, and return pack¬aged products to livestock suppliers. Once completed, it will be the first USDA-certified processing facility in the Adirondack Park, and will significantly reduce dis¬tances traveled for livestock farmers, and help reduce the wait time of 90 to 365 days that currently exists. Adirondack Meat Company will be able to provide not only faster turnaround, but also quality processing in a modern plant, providing needed capacity to limit processing transportation costs and delays, resulting in increased profitability and sustainability for area farmers.
“We at Adirondack Meat Company Inc. look forward to partnering with local livestock producers to create a variety of locally grown value added products,” said Adirondack Meat Company Owner Peter Ward. “We will process quality farm fresh meat from around the Adirondack and North Country region, to be distributed throughout New York and the northeast. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo and his North Country Regional Economic Development Council for making this possible.”
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 facil¬ity will also include 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.
In Rounds 1 and 2 of the Regional Council process, a total of $1.5 billion was awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans. As part of that process, the Adirondack Meat Company’s investment was aided by NCREDC’s allocation of $300,000 from Empire State Development and $165,000 from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, through the Essex County IDA. In addition, the USDA is guaranteeing a loan for the Adirondack Meat Company.
“The Adirondack Meat Company project is a North Country priority project awarded through the Governor’s Regional Council initiative, and we are pleased to support this new business in the Adirondacks,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “The project is consistent with several of the Regional Council’s economy growing strategies and will have a tremendous impact on local livestock farmers in the way of cost savings and efficiency. We congratulate Adirondack Meat Company and all the partners involved in its start-up, and look forward to its creation of new jobs in Essex County.”
“The State Department of Agriculture and Markets proudly supports the Adirondack Meat Company project,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine. “This project embodies what the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Councils are all about. It will create jobs in my home region of the North Country, help support local agriculture and stimulate the region’s economy. This was a true team effort and the results are outstanding.”
“USDA Rural Development appreciates this opportunity to once again partner with state, local, and private organizations to assist with the construction of the new food processing facility,” said USDA Acting State Director David Schermerhorn. “This facility is crucial as we strive to improve the quality of life in rural New York.”
“This investment is designed to help farmers cut their overhead, create local jobs and put fresher food on our tables,” U.S. Congressman Bill Owens said. “I applaud the NCREDC for recognizing agriculture’s importance in Northern New York’s economy and for making targeted investments that incorporate local advice.”
“I congratulate The Adirondack Meat Company and the work of the NCREDC in creating new employment opportunities for the residents of the Adirondacks while strengthening the overall economy,” said Assemblyman Dan Stec.
“This is a great example of the importance and effectiveness of the bottom-up approach of the regional economic development councils,” said Senator Betty Little. “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. I applaud the team effort making this possible.”
“Essex County is a viable place to do business in and welcomes the first USDA certified meat processing facility in the Adirondack Park, the Adirondack Meat Company,” said Randy Douglas, Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors. “The County appreciates Governor Cuomo’s strong support for economic development in the North Country, through the vision of North Country Regional Economic Development Council.”
“This new meat processing facility will improve the safety, reliability and sustainability of the North Country’s independent food supply, and enhance economic growth and the posterity of the region’s agriculture industry,” said Essex County IDA Co-Director Carol Calabrese. “In addition, the project will help meet the growing global demand for food, improve local agricultural lands, decrease operation costs for farms, and expand the opportunity for local and regional farms to have access to a local USDA meat processing facility. We thank the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, for their support and assistance, helping make this happen.”
“Ticonderoga is very fortunate the Ward’s are locating their new business here,” said Town of Ticonderoga Supervisor Debbie Malaney. “The Adirondack Meat Company will have a great economic impact by providing a much needed regional agricultural service that will also create a good number of full and part time jobs. NCREDC clearly made an astute call when they identified this as a priority project and provided incentives that helped the concept become reality. The Town of Ticonderoga offers sincere thanks to all involved for making the public and private investment in our community.”
To learn more about each regional council and their economic development plans, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. For information on how the New New York is working for business, please visit www.thenewny.com.