41 Indiana Meat Processors Awarded $4 million

Announced Monday, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture awarded $4 million to 41 Indiana meat processing businesses through the Indiana Meat Processing Expansion & Development Grant Program. This funding was allocated to offset the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local and small meat-processing agribusinesses in Indiana.

“Processing plants in our state are essential and this funding will help with a variety of necessities to strengthen this sector of our food supply chain,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “These grants will address issues caused by COVID-19 and help meet consumer demands in both normal and emergency situations.”

With a 50% cash match requirement for this grant opportunity, a total of at least $8 million will be invested in the Indiana small meat processing economy as a result of the grant program.

Funding was made available through Indiana’s allocation of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) dollars and was announced by Crouch. This funding was delegated via a competitive grant and was scored by representatives across a variety of both external organizations and state agencies.

The funding was provided to address impacts and cover expenses incurred due to the coronavirus pandemic. The awardees can use the funding in a variety of ways so long as it aims to improve food supply resilience through promoting worker safety, expanding meat processing capacity and/or increasing slaughter. Many businesses are using the grants to purchase equipment or modify their facilities for increased efficiency. Some are using the funding to train additional staff and purchase personal protective equipment. The 41 awarded meat processors are Hoosier businesses with less than 500 employees.

“The coronavirus pandemic highlighted our nation’s delicate food supply chain, and it was clear we need workable options to get meat to markets and to protect consumers from supply chain disruptions,” said ISDA Director Bruce Kettler. “Meat processers are essential for our state, contributing more than $3.9 billion to our economy. It is vital we keep these businesses growing and operating safely.”

The application process showed the industry had a significant need with 60 applicants and a total of $6.8 million in funding requests. The list below highlights the 41 selected awardees and ISDA encourages Hoosier consumers to find a processor nearest them to shop local this holiday season.

The list of awardees are as follows:

Awardee, Location, Amount

Brewer LivestockNorth Vernon $58,500

Brushy Prairie Packing, Inc., LaGrange $118,300

Butcher Bob’s, Inc., LaGrange $20,000

Cannelburg Processing, Cannelburg $25,900

D & D Meat Processing, Corunna $150,000

Dewig Bros. Packing Co., Inc.Haubstadt $150,000

Ferdinand Processing, Inc.Ferdinand $37,000

First Capitol Meats, Inc., Corydon $79,100

Fisher Packing CompanyPortland $150,000

Heritage Meat Haus, LaOtto $112,700

IFG Processing, Ladoga $61,100

Integrity MeatsChurubusco $98,600

J & J Quality Meats, LLCBourbon $150,000

Jackson County Custom Processing, Seymour $17,300

John’s Butcher ShopNappanee $150,000

Knightstown LockerKnightstown $150,000

Krider’s Meat ProcessingColumbia City $19,900

Manley Meats, Inc.Decatur $150,000

Merkley and Sons Packing, Jasper $96,000

Monon Meat Packing & Catering, Monon $62,000

Munsee MeatsMuncie $150,000

Napoleon Locker Plant, Napoleon $8,500

Odon Locker Inc., Odon $75,700

Old Major MarketIndianapolis $144,500

Oliver’s Butcher ShopUnion City $78,900

Parrett’s Meat Processing & CateringFlora $64,000

Pate’s ProcessingHanover $97,700

Paxton Enterprises, Clinton $81,000

Pig’s Tale Charcuterie Co.Indianapolis $16,800

Rice’s Quality Farm Meat, Inc.Spencer $99,300

Rihm FoodsCambridge City $150,000

Saint Adrian Meats & SausageLebanon $47,300

Sander ProcessingCelestine $150,000

Sims Meat ProcessingLaPorte $150,000

Slabaugh Meat Processing, Inc., Nappanee $59,300

Sugar Rock Farms Meat Processing, Westport $150,000

The Market at Swayzee, Swayzee $20,600

This Old Farm, Inc.Colfax $150,000

Tri Eagle Provisions, Inc., Gary $150,000

White’s Meat Market, Kokomo $150,000

Yoder’s Meats and Cheese Co., Inc.Shipshewana $150,000

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