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Westminster slaughterhouse settles with town over $500K-plus debt

A man who borrowed money from the town of Westminster to renovate what ultimately became a failed slaughterhouse is now on the hook for the more than $545,000 that the town says it’s owed. Daniel Mandich, of Walpole, New Hampshire, who owned the now-defunct Westminster Meats, agreed this week to the six-figure settlement, after he failed to pay back the money he borrowed to open the facility. The case was heard in in Cheshire Court in Keene, New Hampshire. Mandich’s misadventure in meatpacking began in 2010, when he borrowed $600,000 to renovate an existing building into a USDA-certified meat and poultry processing facility, according to court documents.   The loan was secured by Mandich at former Gov. Jim Douglas’ urging, according to a 2009 press release. Douglas stepped in on Mandich’s behalf, securing expedited approval for a $648,000 state Agency of Commerce and Community Development grant to Westminster, which the town loaned him on favorable terms to open the facility. But from early on, the business struggled to stay afloat, court documents show. As early as 2011, an email from the town’s counsel identified Mandich as being “substantially” in debt. In 2013, Mandich misse...