A more than 40-year-old business in Decatur County is under new ownership. Westport Locker, a butcher shop in the town of Westport, has been acquired in a nearly $200,000 deal and is being rebranded as Sugar Rock Farms Meat Processing.
New owners Jimmy and Rebekah Garnder acquired the land and building housing the shop’s working, refrigeration and freezing facilities with the help of the Indiana Statewide CDC, which works to provide loans through the Small Business Administration 504 loan program.
Jimmy Gardner says plans are in place to expand the business now that the acquisition is complete. The shop currently employs eight people and the expansion will include new equipment and additional delivery routes.
The shop processes and stores locally-raised beef and pork for customers in the region and also sells beef and pork products to the general public.
Garner says while business was slow as a result of the pandemic, it has picked back up and the shop has seen increased sales following news of the acquisition.
“We are booked through October, 2021, and are very humble and grateful to the community for their support,” Gardner said in a news release.
The loan provided through the Indiana Statewide CDC, as well as Napoleon State Bank.