New jobs in high demand
Job applications are trickling in at a steady rate for both the Mt Cook Alpine Salmon processing plant and Lone Star restaurant.
Administration staff at Mt Cook Alpine Salmon said they had already received more than 70 applications for positions at the plant at Washdyke since it was advertised in the newspaper on Saturday.
Construction on the new plant began in April, and plant manager Brent Keelty said it wanted to fill up to 15 jobs in time for its November opening.
"We will be doing this in stages, it will be a gradual process," he said.
"Potentially, there could be up to 60 people working at the plant, but that will likely occur over the next two to three years."
The factory will process about 600 tonnes of salmon in its first full season at Washdyke. The company, which farms on the Upper Waitaki hydro canals, has consents allowing up to 3500 tonnes a year.
General manager Janine Tulloch said fish were being processed at Sonter Seafoods' plant in Christchurch while the Washdyke factory was under construction.
"They've been really helpful, but we're really excited about moving our operations to Washdyke," she said.
Mt Cook Alpine Salmon has been involved in a three-year, $20 million capital expansion project in an effort to bring all its operations back to New Zealand. The factory is one of the key projects.
Lone Star Timaru general manager Dallas Gillies said it had already received a "really positive response" since it advertised for workers on Saturday.
"We've already received more than enough interest. By the time we open in November, we hope to have employed about 30 or so staff, with the number increasing as we go along," he said. "We're looking for wait staff and chefs. It's been really exciting preparing for the opening."
The $2m Lone Star development is one of several major projects under way at the former site of Hervey Motors. Saikou Teppanyaki and Whisky Bar is planned for the Sefton St East entrance, and Quantum Advantage - Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors will move there from their Stafford St premises.
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