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Lamb Plant Approved

The Chesterfield, N.J., township planning board has approved plans for a meat processing plant that will operate on 14 acres.

Owner Adnan Dagli testified in front of the board in October and said that he and his family have two wholesale stores in New York and a farm in Altoona, Penn., that operates similarly to the plans for the township’s site.

To start, Dagli said they plan to use the site as a processing and warehousing facility for meat from Pennsylvania. However, the site eventually will be used to slaughter about 60 lambs and 10 cows per day, once updates to the site – such as a new cooler – have been made. He testified that during the course of a few years, as the business gets new customers, the operation could grow to up to 150 to 200 lambs and 15 cows, which he said would be the maximum number the facility would be able to hold.

The site will be open five days a week from 6 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Each day, an employee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be on site during those hours.

Planning Board Vice Chair Brian Kelly said the plans made sense because the site had sat vacant for a number of years after it previously had similar meat processing operations on it.

“For me personally, it was an additional benefit and assurance that the (USDA) would be on site,” he said.

Source: Burlington County Times/burlingtoncountytimes.com

MAINE

Jagger Brothers Ends Manufacturing

Jagger Brothers – which has been producing yarn in Springvale, Maine, for 121 years – will close the manufacturing division of the company, likely by the end of March, owner David Jagger said in February.

A separate division of the company, Jagger Spun, which provides yarn for small production facilities and yarn shops from Maine to Africa,  will continue on with a small workforce.

“We’ve been struggling with low volume of business for a few years, and trying to make it work in terms of the numbers,” said Jagger of the manufacturing facility. He said the company’s largest customer has informed him they would be importing yarn from offshore, rather than buying from Jagger Brothers. And while the company’s second largest customer planned to continue buying from Jagger, that customer itself is losing business to imports, he said.

“We were faced with an untenable situation,” said Jagger. “I chose to end operations.”

Source: Journal Tribune/journaltribune.com

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