Circle M Farms, Feed & Supply, already one of the leading agricultural-based businesses in Jackson County, is primed to take yet another significant step forward.

Circle M Farms Feed & Supply, located at 7365 State Route 776 in Scioto Township, is a commercial distributor of agricultural products and a food processor for wholesale meat products. The co-owners, the husband/wife duo of Wayne and Tami Mercer, are announcing plans to construct a new food-processing facility. When fully operational, the company projects the creation of eight new jobs in Jackson County.

“Circle M Meats would like our loyal customers to know they will be able to buy fresh and frozen meat here in Jackson County,” said Tami Mercer in a press release issued of Thursday, Dec. 3. “We will be taking appointments for summer processing for pork and beef. I would also like to thank OhioSE, JobsOhio and the Jackson County Economic Development Partnership (JCEDP) for their assistance in making this project a reality.” 

The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant will be used toward the purchase of new machinery and equipment, and construction costs for the new facility.

“This project is a great example of a growing company making a critical investment to expand into a new business segment,” said OhioSE President Mike Jacoby. “There is a strong and growing food processing cluster in Jackson County and we are thankful to play a part in this company’s growth.”

“This project announcement is paying multiple dividends to our community,” said Sam Brady, Executive Director of the JCEDP. Brady added, “We are thrilled to see Circle M expanding, adding services and creating jobs. Circle M’s new processing facility not only enhances Jackson County’s strong food cluster value proposition, but does so through local ownership, so its development makes it all the more rewarding. Thank you, JobsOhio and OhioSE for your commitment to growing companies like Circle M Feed and Supply.”

The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant is open to businesses located within distressed areas in Ohio or businesses with majority owners who are veterans, disabled or and underrepresented race or gender. Applicants must be within the following targeted areas: advanced manufacturing, aerospace/aviation, automotive, energy/chemicals, financial services, healthcare, agribusiness, logistics/distribution and technology.