Irish building firm MMD Construction plans to create 100 new jobs - almost doubling its workforce - over the next two years.
The company, which has been involved in several recent landmark health and education building projects for the state, made the announcement at the official opening of its new €6m office building at the Cork Airport Business Park today.
Recruitment is already underway for positions such as project managers, engineers, BIM technicians, carpenters and plasterers.
The new roles will help the firm to meet growing demand for its construction services which is coming from several sectors, including pharmaceutical, healthcare, residential and education.
The firm is currently building the massive €30m Carrigaline Education Campus in Co Cork.
It is one of the largest and most ambitious combined primary and secondary school development projects in the country.
The firm was behind the recent completion of the St Mary’s health campus on the northside of Cork city, the largest primary care centre in the country.
It is working on the development of another primary care centre in Bandon and it is also working on several social and affordable housing schemes in Kinsale and Clonakilty.
The company, which was founded in 2000, and which now has about 140 full-time staff, has invested almost €6m in its new headquarters, which features ergonomically designed workspaces, biometric access technology, and a full on-site gym for staff.
MMD Construction director Cormac Smith said it was a great day for the company.
"Together, we will continue to offer our customers the very best in design and delivery of construction projects across several sectors," he said.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney, who opened the offices, hailed the company's growth story and said the new jobs will provide a huge boost to the local economy.
He later attended the launch Employflex, a new brand for the flexible employment agency, Employmum.
Employmum, established four years ago, places its clients in flexible roles that include full-time with flexibility, part-time, job share, remote work, compressed hours and term time.
But today, nearly a third of its placements are men, and half of their candidates are not parents.
Employflex founder Karen O’Reilly said they needed to expand to reach a wider audience.
"Flexible work should be for everyone - not just mums and parents," she said.
The agency has offices in Limerick and Cork, and will have an office in Dublin soon.
This story was updated at 3.55pm.