Abattoir progress slower than expected

A new $500,000 abattoir that district farmers say is desperately needed here is still in the developmental stages, with organizers saying there will be no progress on it until the new year.
Geoff Gillon, of the Rainy River Future Development Corp., said there’s potential for a progress report in January.
“We’re still working on it and looking for partners,” he said. “The deadline for the Ontario Heritage Fund is Feb. 1 and I’m looking for an extension.
“Things are moving more slowly than I thought they would,” he admitted.
The RRFDC needs 40 farmers to pledge $5,000 each and $200,000 must be raised from community shareholders.
A privately-owned abattoir in Stratton closed in 1997 and since then, most district beef farmers have had to truck their livestock to Winnipeg.
The proposed new abattoir would be built on land owned by Sunset Ridge near the Emo Research Station in accordance with national standards.
The abattoir has passed the first phase for the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, which generally funds a conditional contribution of up to 75 percent of eligible costs.