A Midwest-based insurance company will soon place its second largest Western office in Salt Lake City, providing jobs for up to 120 local people, officials said Thursday.

Great American-West Inc., a division of Great American Insurance Co. in Cincinnati, chose Salt Lake because it is a hub city for Delta Airlines and because of the work-ethic of its residents, said John J. Birmingham, company president.At a news conference early Thursday, Birmingham said the company will establish four departments in Utah to handle underwriting, processing, workers-compensation claims and accounting. The company will move up to 15 of its employees to Utah.

Birmingham said the company is searching for office space and expects to begin operating in Utah in about 30 days. Salaries will range between $15,000 and $60,000, he said.