ROSE HILL, VA – FEBRUARY 5, 2024 – Helping to support beef producers and hog producers, as well as regional deer hunters, Good Ol’ Boys Processing, LLC, plans to open its doors in the fall of this year to begin processing meats at its new facility now under construction in Lee County, Va., in the Rose Hill area.
Good Ol’ Boys Processing, LLC was a recent recipient of a $10,000 Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) Seed Capital Matching Grant.
Jesse Hoskins, who owns and operates the new company, is a veteran in the field of meat processing and formerly operated a similar facility in Tennessee.
“Good Ol’ Boys Processing, LLC will bring a unique service to Lee County when it opens later this year,” said Jonathan Belcher, VCEDA executive director/general counsel. “Not only will it serve to localize meat processing services in the region for area farmers, but it will also serve area hunters looking for a place to process the deer and game they harvest. A recent study conducted by Virginia Tech identified the need for additional meat processing facilities in the region. The business projects up to three full-time and three part-time employees within five years.”
Hoskins, who previously worked in a meat processing plant in Tennessee, said he decided to look at opening one in his home county to provide services to local farmers and hunters. Plans call for the facility to open in September 2024. The frame of the building is going up now and gradework is underway to ready the site and to install septic as the weather breaks. Once open, farmers and hunters will set up appointments with the facility to have their animals processed.
“The VCEDA Seed Capital grant is going to help us a lot,” Hoskins said. “We’re grateful to receive the $10,000 grant. It will help us to continue to make progress and will go right back into the facility. We’ve purchased a few things – saws and grinders – but there is more needed.”
The construction of the new building is being done by Hoskins and other family members, significantly lowering the costs of construction of the new building.
“Our facility location is convenient, allowing producers to raise cattle for beef production without the encumbrance of transporting them outside the county or state for processing,” Hoskins said. “Several facilities now in Southwest Virginia are often booked a year in advance and their distant locations make it unrealistic for producers to transport their cattle. This often leads to the necessity of travelling to Kentucky, Tennessee or North Carolina for processing services, causing a diversion of tax and sales revenues from the community.”
Hoskins noted that initial production will focus on beef and he indicated he already has commitments from farmers to process a minimum of 75 head of cattle per month once the facility is opened.
“This is about helping the community to me,” Hoskins said. “I want to create a place where hunters can bring their deer and the farmer who needs help can bring his livestock.”
Hoskins also hopes to work with the 4-H program in the future to allow students to tour the facility and to get a better understanding of meat processing and its importance in farming and agriculture. Additionally, he said, he will work with the Hunters for the Hungry program to provide deer meat to that organization.
Hoskins worked with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) in developing his application to VCEDA and received a letter of support from the Lee County Economic Development Authority.
“The establishment of this meat processing facility is poised to address a need for local farmers and hunters seeking swift and reliable services,” said Becki O’Quinn-Purdie, SBDC program director at MECC. “Jesse and his dedicated team’s extensive experience is a cornerstone of the facility’s potential success. Mountain Empire Community College’s Small Business Development Center is committed to fostering collaboration with individuals who share a desire for enhancing their communities. We firmly believe in the power of businesses like this one, which are purposefully created to meet local and regional demands. Good Ol’ Boys Processing is poised to help meet that need in Lee County and beyond.”
“The Lee County EDA is pleased that VCEDA awarded their Seed Capital Grant to Good Ol’ Boys Processing,” said Dane Poe, county administrator of Lee County. “Farmers, as well as the general
public, have a real need for these services in Lee County and the surrounding region, including northeast Tennessee and southeast Kentucky. We are anxious to see them get their facility up and running to provide the region with much needed beef, pork and deer processing.”
Good Ol’ Boys Processing, LLC will be located at 199 Sienna Drive, Rose Hill, Va.
About Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority and Southwest Virginia’s e-Region: The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority, created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1988 to enhance and diversify the region’s economy and help create jobs, markets Southwest Virginia’s e-Region and its focus on electronic information technology, energy, education, emerging technologies, and entrepreneurship. VCEDA is a unique economic development organization that manages funds for economic development projects from a percentage of the coal and natural gas severance taxes paid by coal and natural gas companies that operate in the region. Located in southwestern Virginia, the region includes Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise counties and the City of Norton. www.vceda.us or www.e-Region.org.
About the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority Seed Capital Matching Grant Fund: VCEDA region for-profit businesses, within qualifying business categories, one year and under with less than 10 full-time employees are eligible to apply for dollar-for-dollar matching grants up to $10,000 from the VCEDA Seed Capital Matching Fund. Applicants work with the Small Business Development Centers at Mountain Empire and Southwest Virginia community colleges to prepare the applications to VCEDA that include detailed business and financial plans. Businesses must be located in or plan to operate in the VCEDA region in southwestern Virginia that includes Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise counties and the City of Norton.