Wisconsin awards grants to meat processors


Wisconsin awards grants to meat processors

Five Wisconsin meat processing plants have received expansion grants. Secretary of State Randy Romanski told Brownfield that $200,000 was in the state budget to help local processors meet demand. “And the goal of these grants is to increase throughput in the industry, help the industry expand, and definitely increase capacity. What we have heard from the industry is that in some cases there is a one and a half to two year backlog to get animals into processing.”

Romanski says the five companies each received no more than $50,000 to improve their ability to serve more customers. “They’re looking for extra freezer space, more surface area, more capacity, just something to keep up with the demand out there. The good news is that demand is strong. People want to know where their food comes from.”

Romanski says the grant program got far more interest from producers than money, with around 100 of the state’s 500 meat processors applying for the grants. The secretary says he hopes the grant program can be funded in future budgets because the need is there.

The five Wisconsin processors receiving this round of funding are:

Nordic Meat, Viroqua | $25,000
Expansion of cold store, purchase of walk-in freezer unit and forklift, and increase in manpower.

Paulie’s Chop Shop, Luxembourg | $50,000 to build a new butcher shop, provide training, and purchase lots of equipment.

JM Watkins, Plum City | $50,000 to build a new building and buy a new smoker.

Crescent Meat, Cadott | $50,000 for an addition of more than 19,000 square feet to an existing facility.

Sorg Farm Packing, Darien | $25,000 for the reconstruction of an existing carcass refrigerator and freezer and the expansion of the processing and cutting room. Wisconsin awards grants to meat processors

Callan Tansill

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