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Over $8 Million Invested in Indiana Meat Processors


Meat processing plants around the state are getting some much-needed help.

“We did apply and received $4 million of CARES Act money for the state of Indiana focused on small meat processors in the state of Indiana,” says Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler

41 small meat processing plants will receive money to address impacts and cover expenses incurred due to the coronavirus pandemic. 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.

Kettler says the investment is more than just $4 million.

“It’s more than a $4 million boost because every one of those dollars had to be matched 1-1, so actually it’s more than an $8 million boost because many of these projects, for example, somebody could have had a $500,000 project and the max reimbursement was $150,000. So, we know that the impact of this growth and what’s happening is going to be more than that $8 million.”

Kettler says the struggles continue for small meat processors.

“I know that we’ve still got a lot of backlogs. I get that, and that’s probably going to happen for some time. But the stories of these people that applied for these grants and what they did was just very heartwarming. They’re doing what they can, and we expect that this this $4 million in grant money going out to those 41 awardees is going to have a significant impact on those areas.”

The 41 awarded meat processors are Hoosier businesses with less than 500 employees.

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