Bullock Announces New Recipients of Meat Processing Grants

 

HELENA, Mont. (NMB) – Governor Steve Bullock announced on Wednesday that an additional $4.2 million in funds have been awarded through the Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant program to aid small and medium-sized meat processors in responding to the COVID-19 crisis through the adaptation and advancement of meat processing infrastructure and capacity in Montana.

Funding for the program is derived from the state’s allocation of federal relief dollars made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, with a maximum award of $150,000.

Local recipients named in the new round of grants include:

  • Burger Boys in Malta, which was awarded $150,000 to assist with equipment purchases and facility modifications to increase cold storage and processing capacity.
  • Custom Cuts in Lewistown, which was awarded $14,300 to assist with equipment purchases to increase storage and processing capacity.
  • Eagle Creek Colony in Chester, which was awarded $94,250 to assist with equipment purchases to increase processing capacity.
  • Hi-Line Meats in Glasgow, which was awarded $150,000 to assist with equipment purchases for a new processing facility.
  • KC Meats in Lewistown, which was awarded $90,000 to assist with equipment purchases to increase cold storage and processing capacity.
  • KW Beef in Sunburst, which was awarded $52,536 to assist with equipment purchases and to increase cold storage, transportation and processing capacity.
  • Nicole Wines Livestock in Lewistown, which was awarded $150,000 to purchase a mobile meat processing trailer.
  • Smith Wild Game Cutting in Malta, which was awarded $7,918 to assist with equipment purchases to increase cold storage and processing capacity.

Last month, 62 different meat processors in Montana were awarded a total of $7.5 million through the same program.

Funds must be used by the end of the calendar year.

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