PORT HURON, Mich., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMGS) has named Barrett Hatches Senior Vice
President of Human Resources and Public Affairs, it was announced today.
Hatches had been Vice President of Human Resources and Public Affairs
since joining the Company in 1997.
William L. Johnson, Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer of
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc., made the announcement.
"I am glad to see the Board recognize Barrett's contribution to the
Company with this promotion," Johnson said. "He was instrumental in
spearheading several important projects for SEMCO ENERGY that have helped
improve the Company's competitive posture in an increasingly deregulated
Hatches was Vice President of Administration for the management consulting
firm of V. Robinson & Co. in Kansas City, Mo. prior to joining SEMCO ENERGY.
He also previously held management positions with North American Salt Co.,
Missouri Gas Energy and the Santa Fe Railroad.
"It is an honor to be rewarded by the Board in this manner and I am happy
to be part the senior management of this dynamic organization at a time of
such tremendous opportunity," Hatches said.
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a diversified energy services and infrastructure
company organized into two major segments: Natural gas distribution and
SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY distributes natural gas to 250,000 customers in
22 counties in Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Another 200 customers,
chiefly commercial and industrial, are served through gas transportation
SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES acquires and operates businesses involved in
pipeline engineering and quality assurance services, construction services,
propane distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage businesses
in Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas and
SOURCE SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.
CONTACT: Francis Lieder of SEMCO ENERGY, 810-987-2200, ext. 4186, or fax, 810-989-4098
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