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SEMCO ENERGY Senior Vice President Barrett Hatches Receives National Leadership Award

PORT HURON, Mich., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Barrett Hatches, SEMCO ENERGY Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Public Affairs, recently was honored as one of the top culturally diverse leaders in the nation.

He was among 15 African-American and Hispanic senior corporate managers who received the National Eagle Leadership Institute (NELI) Eagle Award during a November 5 gala in New York.

NELI is a national organization started in 1993 to promote leadership and mentoring opportunities for minority professionals and young adults. The Eagle Award recognizes executive-level leaders who exemplify success professionally and through community service.

"It is an honor to be included among individuals as outstanding as the 1999 Eagle Leadership inductees and to be recognized for my efforts to promote a strong work force by ensuring inclusion of all qualified candidates," Hatches said. "I also am proud to be part of SEMCO ENERGY, which has demonstrated a strong commitment to strength through diversity."

William L. Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMGS), nominated Hatches for the Eagle award and received the Company's Silver Sponsorship plaque during the ceremony.

"I am happy to see Barrett Hatches receive the national recognition his talents and accomplishments deserve," Johnson said. "Others planning to succeed in business would do well to follow his example."

Hatches joined SEMCO ENERGY in 1997 as Vice President of Human Resources and Public Affairs. He was named Senior Vice President in March 1999.

Before joining SEMCO ENERGY, Hatches was Vice President of Administration for V. Robinson & Co., a Kansas City, MO., management consulting firm. He also has held management positions for North American Salt Co, Missouri Gas Energy and the Santa Fe railroad.

SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a diversified energy services and infrastructure company with two regulated and one unregulated divisions.

SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY and ENSTAR Natural Gas Co., are natural gas distribution companies with a combined total of more than 350,000 customers in Michigan and Alaska. SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES, the unregulated division, acquires and operates businesses involved in gas engineering and quality assurance services, pipeline construction services, propane distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage in various regions of the United States.
CONTACT: Francis R. Lieder, Jr. of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc., 810-987-2200, ext. 4186, or fax, 810-989-4098
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