A utilities infrastructure company has announced plans to create 100 jobs in Halesowen by establishing a new base in the town.
Energetics Networked Energy, which designs, builds and operates gas, electricity, water and telecommunication networks for both commercial and residential developments, said the jobs would be created over the next three years.
ENE, which was founded in Glasgow in 2007, competes with industry giants like E.on, Scottish and Southern Energy and EDF.
It is now looking to set up a serious organisation in the Midlands, after the model of other regional launches.
Energetics chief executive Bill McClymont said: “In terms of new housing and regeneration, the Midlands is probably the most go-ahead and exciting region in the UK and we want to be fully involved.
“We already have a small team working in our new office in Halesowen laying the groundwork for what we expect to be a steady but quite rapid period of growth.”
Nationally, the company is working on an expansion programme that would see its total workforce quadruple to nearly 500 by 2013.
“We are particularly keen to offer more apprenticeships and graduate placements as our expansion programme goes ahead,” said Mr McClymont.