Country Roads Angel Network invests in meat processing plant

A Greenbrier County company plans to build a meat processing plant in White Sulfur Springs after being selected as the latest investment from the Network of country road angels. (CRAN) It is the first company located outside of Morgantown to be supported by the investor network.

CRAN plans to invest $ 100,000 in Mountain beef company. Mountain Steer is the third company in the state to be supported by the network.

The first two selected were in Morgantown. Mountain Steer began during the pandemic. The company saw a need for more localized food in 2020 after the closure of meat processing plants across the country. The owners hope to fill a gap in the supply chain and improve the quality of food for consumers in the area.

Mountain Steer plans to build a new processing plant in West Virginia.

The company currently offers meats at Greenbrier County restaurants, farmers’ markets and a grocery store, according to the company’s website. Mountain Steer has hired one full-time and one part-time employee. The company hopes to hire a butcher and several other employees with this investment.

Mountain Steer Meat Co. was linked to CRAN as a customer of the West Virginia Beehive, an entrepreneurship support program in 12 counties of the New River Gorge Development Authority in southern West Virginia.

CRAN is made up of investors largely from the Mountain State who now live in places across the country. According to a statement, “Members are dedicated to improving West Virginia and hope their investments will generate varying levels of positive impact.”

Toya J. Bell