The co-manufacturer of sausage and hot dog products works with private label and food service customers.
Since its founding by four brothers in a 25,000-square-foot facility in Denmark in 2004, Salm Partners has grown to about 200,000 square feet—and is the nation’s largest co-manufacturer of sausage and hot dog products. When the time came for further growth, the company chose Wisconsin for its $35 million expansion, which is expected to add 193 jobs by the end of the contract period in 2025. To support the company’s growth, WEDC is providing up to $950,000 in performance-based tax credits.
Tax credits support continued expansion
Salm Partners doesn’t have its own brand. Instead, it is the nation’s largest co-manufacturer of quality sausage and hot dog products sold under its customers’ brands. Its cook-in-package method ensures efficiency, quality and industry-leading food safety, because the process eliminates microbiological risks. “Salm is quietly and rapidly becoming a big deal in the meat industry, producing 15% of the country’s cooked sausage products,” said Missy Hughes, WEDC secretary and CEO.
Tapping a strong industry and a solid workforce
The company’s leadership attributed their decision to expand in Wisconsin to the strength of the state’s workforce and its thriving food and beverage industry. “What we’re ecstatic about in Denmark and northeastern Wisconsin is: We’ve got a great workforce, and we’ve got a lot of contractors and tradespeople to work with on our expansions,” said Keith Lindsey, the firm’s president and CEO. “We’re very confident of our ability to expand and grow here in northeastern Wisconsin.”