WASECA, Minn. (KEYC) – A Waseca meat processor has plans to expand its facilities after new federal funding is announced.

Morgan’s Meat Market in Waseca has been awarded a $250,000 grant according to Senator Tina Smith of Minnesota’s office.

The announcement says Morgan’s Meat market will use the new funding to add a smokehouse and vacuum stuffer. Sen. Smith’s Office says the company believes this will increase worker safety and reduce cleaning time from three days to just four hours.

“A strong meat processing industry is critical to maintaining a stable economy in Minnesota, especially for Minnesota’s poultry and livestock farmers,” said Senator Smith in a release announcing the grant. “By increasing capacity at Morgan’s Meat Market, producers will have another processing option. This helps farmers get a fair value for animals and also helps keep prices down for consumers at the grocery story.”

The funding comes through the USDA’s Meat Capacity Grant program.

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