(COLUMBUS, Ohio) (2-16-22) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced that 40 Ohio livestock and poultry producers, including Celina’s Green’s Quality Meats, will receive grants totaling $10 million to help them expand capacity and meet the growing demand for meat processing services.
“The supply chain issues that our country is facing have put increased pressure on our meat processors, and they can’t keep up with the demand. By awarding this money, we can help these Ohio businesses enhance their operations to strengthen the local meat supply chain and reduce reliance on out-of-state processors.”
Each company will receive a grant of up to $250,000, with half of the funds disbursed before projects are started and the other half awarded after the companies show that the initial funds were spent on eligible costs. In total, the businesses receiving awards have estimated that the funds will help them create up to 830 jobs.
Lt. Governor Husted
“These grants will not only benefit consumers, but they will also help sustain these businesses and bring new job opportunities to Ohioans.In addition to new jobs, this funding will help businesses retain 300 jobs and nearly $30 million in payroll.”
The DeWine-Husted Administration prioritized the creation of the Ohio Meat Processing Grant Program in the state’s 2022-2023 operating budget, which was passed by the Ohio General Assembly last year. Grant funding will be used to implement processing efficiencies, expand or construct facilities at existing sites, assist in training and certification, and improve harvest services.
The $10 million grant program, administered by the Ohio Department of Development in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, generated tremendous interest from the meat processing industry. A total of 143 applications requesting more than $28 million were submitted. Grants were awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible businesses.
Ohio Department of Development Director Lydia Mihalik
“The interest in this program shows that this industry is ready to improve its processes and increase its efficiency. We are prepared to get these funds into the hands of operators quickly so that they can begin to implement their plans.”
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Peland
“Ohio’s meat processing industry is incredibly important to our food supply chain. These grants will provide some much-needed help to facilities that are critical to maintaining an abundant food supply.”
For more information about the grant, visit Development.Ohio.Gov/MeatProcessing.
Green’s Quality Meats
Green’s Quality Meats is located at 403 Summit Street in Celina is USDA inspected meat processor that provides wholesale, retail, and custom butchering of cattle, pigs, sheep, and deer.
Green’s Quality Meats is excited to offer a variety of fresh, frozen, smoked, cured, and prepared cuts of meat. We retail a quality selection of steak, roast, shredded beef, hamburger patties, beef jerky, smoked ribs, shredded pork, marinated pork chops and chicken breasts, and hot dogs and bratwurst to name our most popular items. We carry canned beef and chicken, along with a variety of specially made sauces, seasonings, and rubs. Green’s also offers custom butchering services, and your meat is prepared per your request.