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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, January LETHBRIDGE HEHALD-9 S IN THE COOLER. DEBBIE PIERSON STOCKS MEAT IN QUICK FREEZER bjectives for produe- m." way, the beige color i just advertisement plant award ribbons tin board at the plant facility on the east s been constructed to laughter. le holding facility he: >ne day, even though to utilize the labor ant. PLANT The animals are led up a chute from the barn to the killing area. The animal is killed, skinned and hung in a cooler. After one day in the first cooler, the carcass is moved into an aging cooler where it is kept for up to two weeks. The temperature is maintained at 34 degrees. When the carcass is' ready to be cut and wrapped, speed is again of essence, said Mr. Den Boon. All the employees in the cutting room work on a carcass and within one half hour, a carcass is removed from the aging cooler, cut, wrapped_and put into the quick freezer set at a temperature of 22 degrees below zero. "The faster the carcass is frozen, the higher the quality of he said. Only one of the seven Den Boon, children has not'at some time worked in their father's meat processing business. Three of the 10 butchers and meat cutters working the plant now are Den Boon family. Because his plant is on a major highway, he can't retail meat in quantities less than five pounds. Therefore, he specializes in quantity purchases of beef, pork or sheep whether the customer brings in his own animal or not. While his plant kills animals only two days per week, he wants to increase production. This will mean increasing staff to meet the extra workload. He feels the construction of a proposed meat slaughter plant directly across the highway will not affect his business. "We're in a different business he said. "We work on a personal basis, performing a service which isn't economically feasible in a large scale packing plant." MEAT WRAPPERS DEBBIE PIERSON, BERTA VAN MIDDENDORP AND JANE DE KOK ;