TICONDEROGA, NY – Adirondack Meat Co. has only been up and running since March, but the company already has expansion plans that got a lift from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo announced that $300,000 was approved for Adirondack Meat Co.'s new 7,500-sq.-ft. food processing facility. The expansion is needed to meet growing demand from local livestock producers in need of processing services. The company also plans to open a retail store in Ticonderoga in May.

"We look forward to working with local beef, pork, sheep and goat producers throughout the North Country and Champlain Valley region of New York State," said Peter Ward, owner of Adirondack Meat Co. "Working with local producers on the growing need for fresh, all-natural animals will be very productive for our region. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Governor Cuomo and his staff for making opportunities like this available to small businesses in New York State. Opportunities like this give small businesses a chance to succeed."

Adirondack Meat Co. is the first US Department of Agriculture-certified processing plant in the Adirondack Park. Upgrades to the facility will enable faster turnaround and more processing capacity to reduce transportation costs and delays.