Huon Aquaculture's Parramatta Creek facility is "bursting at the seams" with a slew of new employees and an increase in production.
That is according to Huon's national processing manager, Julie Gillies, who says the facility has recently moved 30 of its labour hire employees into full-time contracts with the company.
The news comes despite the company's drop in net profit after tax to $4.9 million for 2019-20, well down on $9.5 million in the previous financial year and $26.4 million in 2017-18.
The new recruits are a mixture of females and males of all ages, and have generally been with Huon for 3-9 months on labour hire contracts.
One of the new hires is Harley Brown, who says he was hit hard by the recent border closures.
"My previous place of employment was all but shut down when border restrictions began," he said.
"My labour hire company informed me of positions available at Huon so I jumped at the chance."
Mr Brown works in the smokehouse preparing hot and cold smoked products, and is hoping to use his steady income to build his own home.
"Job security is so important these days," he said.
"Having steady employment has enabled me to purchase my unit and I'll hopefully build a new home later in the year. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to work with such a successful business.
"My role has a lot of responsibility and it's always great to see how everyone's work comes together to produce the final result."
After working as labour hire for three years, Huon employee Maddie Lawler has also decided to jump aboard a full-time position.
"I had been offered a full time role previously, but appreciatively declined as I had ambitions to study," she said.
"I accepted the latest offer to go full time as I was being trained to further assist in daily tasks as team leader."
Ms Lawler is now the team leader of value-added (hot and cold smoked salmon and trout) dispatch.
"Personally this full time employment opportunity has provided a definite feeling of stability and appreciation," she said.
"The company has made my efforts feel very appreciated and valued. I feel that as a company being able to offer full time employment to people while the world is going through what it is, says a lot about their success, drive and commitment to positive impacts."
Ms Gillies said Huon's harvest volumes were at a record high this year, and anticipated that the next few months would get even busier at Parramatta Creek.
"Salmon is a favourite on the Christmas table and this will see even more fish being processed through the facility," she said.
She said the company was "bursting at the seams" with opportunities for both full-time and labour hire employees, and Huon's Pene Snashall said the company had mostly "bounced back" from the challenges of COVID-19, including the closure of the food service sector and reduced export flights.
"We have such a great team and workplace culture at Parramatta Creek and I am very thankful to be able to work alongside my team every day," Ms Gillies said.
"We try to create opportunities for people that are hardworking and have a can-do attitude, so recruiting labour hires is a great way to make sure that they're a good fit for Huon and work well with the team.
"My advice to people working on a labour hire contract is to treat it like a probationary period. A lot of workplaces want to keep good people and this how we find you and make it happen."
Huon Aquaculture's workforce has increased from 500 people to over 750 in the last three years, including 53 new employees last year.