Federated Rural Electric in Jackson has assisted Bergen Meat Processors with a $60,461 Revolving Loan Fund check.
Bergen Meats is upgrading its wastewater treatment system adding tanks, pumps and aerobic treatment system to treat the wastewater from slaughter and processing operations. Federated and Bergen Meats signed the 10-year loan paperwork on Monday. As funds are repaid to Federated, they can be loaned to other organizations.
Bergen Meat Processors, southeast of Windom, operates a custom-slaughtering business that processes beef, hogs and sheep; it is owned and operated by Jay and Paulette Scott, along with their son Bo. The Scotts have operated Bergen Meats since 1979 and process around 500 animals per year; they also sell retail smoked meats and sausage, specialty meats, beef, pork, chicken and fish, along with cheese and seasonings.
Since 1992, Federated has provided economic development money totaling $4.463 million, which has contributed to keeping 1,168 jobs and securing 642 jobs in the area, according to a press release from the energy cooperative.