HUGHESVILLE, Md. — A Request for Proposals was issued on Tuesday by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, to select an entity to develop, manage and operate a meat processing facility to service the Southern Maryland region farming community.
The facility will be located located within the five counties of Southern Maryland, an area that includes Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties. The facility may have portions of the process taking place in more than one location/facility. Innovative solutions are encouraged to apply for consideration.
The facility is planned to be a public-private partnership with minimum processing capabilities of 500 bovines and 2,000 sheep/goat/hog units, with an optional ability to process additional livestock species including poultry. The ideal capacity for this facility is 3,000 animal units per year. The Tri-County Council plans to make a single award to an entity which can provide all of the services requested through sub-contractors and a lease or purchase of property. The contract to be awarded will be for a term of up to nine years.
The funding for this project is from capital funds awarded in the FY’15 budget. The total maximum amount available is $1.5 million, of which $500,000 is available as a loan which can be converted to a grant and the remaining $1 million is available as a low-interest loan only. Additionally, Senate Bill 909 was approved in 2015 regarding the project. The Council is required to follow State Procurement Law in preparing and issuing an RFP, evaluating responses and selecting an entity for the project.
Bidders who are interested in submitting a bid must register online at the Maryland Department of General Services eMaryland Marketplace website at emaryland.buyspeed.com and search for bid number: MDTCSM31035090 Meat Slaughter RFP. The closing deadline for proposals is date Feb. 8, 2018, by 4 p.m.
A Pre-Proposal Conference for parties interested in submitting a bid will be held on Oct. 23 at 1 p.m., at the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Headquarters Auditorium located at 15035 Burnt Store Road (Route 231) in Hughesville, MD 20637. The full Request for Proposals, including important information, dates and deadlines can be viewed on the SMADC website at www.SMADC.com under SMADC Programs “Meat Processing Facility.”
To view the RFP, click here.
Access the eMaryland Marketplace Registration Portal at this link: https://emaryland.buyspeed.com/bso/login.sdo.
eMaryland Marketplace User Links: http://dgs.maryland.gov/Pages/Procurement/eMMLinks.aspx.
— Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission