MARYSVILLE, Mich., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Aretech Information Services,
Inc., an information technology company specializing in outsourcing, has
signed an agreement with Compucon Incorporated, (www.compucon-mi.com ), to
combine their technologies and personnel to form a new Internet Service
Provider (ISP), Arenet.net .
The new company will combine Compucon's expertise in the marketplace and
emphasis on customer care with Aretech's state of the art, high capacity data
services. The new ISP will be able to service customers in the Port Huron
area with high reliability, fast connections and customer service 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. The transition of services to a high-speed all-
optical network is now underway.
"This is an exciting leap forward for both companies and is a first step
to raising the level of quality of Internet services for communities in the
Port Huron area," said Joe Clemens, director of Internet services for Aretech.
Headquartered in Marysville, Mich., Aretech was launched in April of 2000
as a subsidiary of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. and provides a broad range of
information technology (IT) business solutions. Its involvement in Arenet.net
expands Aretech's offerings from strictly business-to-business into the
consumer space. Arenet.net will launch November 15, 2000 and is expected to
service an estimated 7,000 Internet subscribers in the Port Huron area by the
first quarter of 2001.
"The service level that we will offer is unmatched by any existing local
service provider," said Bob Childs, president of Compucon.
Also based in Port Huron, Compucon offers a wide range of information
technology services, including computer training, Internet domain name
registration, e-mail services, and Web page design, maintenance, and hosting
services. Compucon also provides networking services for small business, as
well as custom-built computers and related parts.
Aretech Information Services, a provider of information technology-enabled
business solutions, is a wholly owned subsidiary of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.
(NYSE: SEN). Its mission is to measurably and significantly contribute to
productivity in business by effectively utilizing the potential of information
technology and providing quality commercial information technology services,
which will allow Aretech's customers to focus on their core business(es) and
succeed in their chosen industries. For more information, please visit
SOURCE Aretech Information Services, Inc.
Web site: http: //www.aretech-is.com
CONTACT: Lisa Vallee-Smith, 313-237-8560, firstname.lastname@example.org, Sharyl Smith, 313-237-8556, email@example.com, both of Airfoil Public Relations, for Aretech Information Services, Inc.; or Francis Lieder of SEMCO ENERGY Corporate Communications, 810-987-2200, ext. 4186, firstname.lastname@example.org