$12M new factory to generate 100 jobs

Construction work officially underway at Huon Aquaculture.


Construction work is officially underway on the new $12 million Huon Aquaculture Value Added Seafood Processing Facility at Parramatta Creek in northern Tasmania.

The first sod was turned today by Acting Premier Jeremy Rockliff assisted by Huon Aquaculture Managing Director Peter Bender, Wiley Managing Director Tom Wiley and Federal Member for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson.

Tom Wiley with Peter and Frances Bender at Parramatta Creek, Tasmania

The new facility is expected to employ around 100 people when it opens its doors at the end of the year.

Managing Director of Huon Aquaculture, Peter Bender said it was an exciting day for the company and marked a major milestone in the company’s growth plans.

“The  new smokehouse and new product centre is part of a four-year, $100 million controlled growth strategy for the company which consolidates our operations to Tasmania, delivers increased production capacity and efficiency whilst reducing our environmental footprint,” said Mr Bender.

Mr Bender said the start of construction signalled a new era for Huon Aquaculture, which has been experiencing unprecedented sales growth and continues to promote the Tasmanian brand both nationally and worldwide.

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Specialist food processing design and construction firm Wiley have been commissioned to deliver the new facility, with plans to employ an estimated 100 local tradespeople during the construction phase.

Wiley Managing Director Tom Wiley said the new facility would be the most advanced of its kind in Australia.

“It’s satisfying to work with aspirational food processing companies. Huon are backing themselves for a successful food manufacturing facility to service Australia and global exports,” said Mr Wiley.

“Wiley is continuously focussed on delivering greater efficiencies and design innovation with all our projects. We look forward to delivering Huon the very best,” said Mr Wiley.

The ‘value-added’ products to be processed at the new facility include hot and cold-smoked salmon, gravadlax and other premium gourmet products.

Mr Bender said that people interested in applying for a job at the new facility are invited to send an expression of interest via the Huon Aquaculture website. The company will also be conducting a recruitment drive in the north-west of Tasmania later in the year.


 Project Details

  • The new factory will be 2,500 square metres. About double the size it is today.
  • The new facility is designed to maximise linear flow and provide complete segregation between hot and cold smoked processing.
  • A suspended walkway across existing and new processing facilities will provide access to staff entry areas, as well as viewing facilities for customers and visitors. Visitor’s get to see first-hand Huon’s clean, efficient and transparent fish processing facility.
  • Additional works will include an upgrade to the existing fresh salmon processing facility, a new office and staff amenities building, extended car-parking facilities and other associated civil works.

Background on Huon Aquaculture

Huon Aquaculture was founded in 1988 by Peter and Frances Bender at Hideaway Bay in Tasmania’s rugged far south. One hundred per cent privately owned, the Huon Aquaculture Group produces around 15,000 tonnes of fresh salmon per year and is recognised globally as being the premium producer of fresh and smoked salmon products.

Huon currently employs around 480 people in most states of Australia and both Peter and Frances remain involved in all areas of the business on a daily basis.

Huon also recently announced a $43 million seal protection system that will be rolled out across its farms over the next three years.

Background on Wiley

For over 90 years Wiley have engineered, designed and constructed food facilities throughout Australasia for the majority of Australia’s leading food brands. Wiley were named Professional Builder of the Year at the 2013 Australian Institute of Building Excellence National Awards and also received the National Research, Development and Technology Award.

Huon Aquaculture contact:

Jane Gallichan, Corporate Affairs Manager, jane.gallichan@huonaqua.com.au or 0400 159 664

Wiley contact:

Clare Mitchell, Marketing Director, clare.mitchell@wiley.com.au or 0429 889 556