J.D. Irving says it's looking to hire about seven thousand, nine hundred people in the next three years.

The Saint John, New Brunswick company says it needs the people for work at its operations in Canada and the United States.

Spokeswoman Mary Keith says the jobs could benefit some of the hundreds of New Brunswickers losing their positions in the Sussex area with the closure of the Picadilly potash mine.

The company says some of the jobs expected in the next three years include positions in manufacturing, engineering, retail, trucking and other sectors.

Though many of the new hires are the result of retirements and normal turnover within the workforce, Keith says about one thousand of the hires are expected to come from anticipated business growth, including at the Halifax shipyard.

In 2015 Irving hired 4,239 people across their operations.