2018-02-07 / News

Peck meat processor awarded grant

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PECK — Johnston’s Meat LLC, a longtime area meat processing company, has received a $125,000 Michigan Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant to help expand its business.

The announcement was made Feb. 1 by MDARD Director Jamie C. Adams in a press release explaining that 85 proposals had been considered, and that Johnston Meat was among the 10 small businesses selected statewide to receive an aggregate total of 1.1 million dollars in grant funding.

Peter Anastor, Director of Agricultural Development at MDARD told the News in a phone interview, “The grant money is to support the processing of products grown and produced in Michigan. It goes to help small businesses add value to the original local product, with an eye toward marketing the products beyond the local market to across Michigan, where they may be further added to, and then sold nationwide. That’s good for the economy. It may lead to more jobs and further investment.”

Anastor continued, “In the case of Johnston Meat, we are dealing with livestock products. The company plans to purchase and install new equipment and to renovate its facility in order to obtain the additional certifications needed to market local products across America.”

Johnston Meat is at 4470 Sandusky Road (M-19) just north of Peck.

The company is owned by Jim and Debi Dhooghe. They could not be reached for comment.

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