Palmetto Gourmet Foods Creates New Investments and Increases Jobs Following SCMEP’s Human Resource Services

Company Overview

Palmetto Gourmet Foods, located in Saluda, South Carolina, is one of the fastest-growing food companies in the U.S. and is the first American producer of innovative sustainable, plant-based ramen noodles. Their expandable 165,500 square foot food grade facility is one of the largest noodle production plants in North America.


The company needed a functional HR Department and HR Manager. There were many issues with inconsistent training and language barriers so there needed to be a standardization of OJT training.


SCMEP was able to provide on-site and remote HR administration and consultation. Objectives throughout the project included:

  • An emphasis on recruiting and identifying qualified HR Manager candidates immediately
  • Identifying an EEOC compliant skills assessment to assist recruiting processes in better identifying individuals capable of available jobs
  • Identifying vendors of automated options for the application and onboarding processes and present to management for implementation
  • Identifying workforce partners, programs, and financial incentives available through SCMEP and the State of South Carolina to recruit and retain the company’s future workforce
  • Set up PGF jobs on the SC State Jobs Database as another free mechanism to post jobs to a wider audience
  • Locate potential funding for workforce expansion through ReadySC and new equipment lines through Enterprise Zone and negotiate and implement those programs/incentives
  • Supervisory Training and Soft Skills Training identified as needed for existing employees
  • Standardization of OJT training


New investment (plant or equipment) – $6,000,000
New investment (information systems or software) – $100,000
New investment (new products/processes) – $100,000
Increased jobs – 73
Retained jobs – 25

“The professional approach provided by SCMEP was timely. We did not have a functional HR Department and they provided the framework and assisted in recruiting for our HR Department.” John Fox, EVP, Operations, Palmetto Gourmet Foods