PORT HURON, Mich., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifty years ago tomorrow,
founder Cecil A. Runyan consummated the acquisition of gas manufacturing and
distribution property from Detroit Edison, and officially began operations as
Southeastern Michigan Gas Company the following day. The following month, the
company switched from distributing manufactured gas, produced by "baking"
coal, to natural gas found in underground gas and oil deposits. That early
history of excellence and innovation that Runyan began continues to this day
as demonstrated by the Company's use of a fully automated meter reading
system, which virtually eliminates estimated bills.
"Throughout years of growth, changes and challenges in our business and
industry, our first priority has been to bring a safe, reliable and affordable
source of energy to our customers," said Jon A. Kosht, President and Chief
Executive Officer of SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY. "But in addition to keeping
homes warm and industries operating, we are dedicated to enhancing the quality
of life in the communities we serve by supporting a variety of health, human
services, cultural and educational programs. We look forward to continuing
that philosophy for many more years to come. On behalf of all our employees,
I thank our valued customers in the Blue Water and all other areas," he added.
The Company now serves approximately 145,000 customers in St. Clair and
Sanilac counties and northern Macomb County.
The Albion Gas Light Company, now serving approximately 8,000 customers,
was added through a merger in 1953. The Battle Creek Gas Company division,
which serves approximately 36,000 customers, was added in 1985. The Michigan
Gas Company division, which serves approximately 73,000 customers in the
Holland area (45,000) and the Upper Peninsula (28,000), was acquired in 1987.
All three companies were united under the brand name SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY
in 1997. ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, which serves 105,000 customers in
Anchorage, Alaska, was acquired in 1999.
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE: SEN) is a diversified energy and infrastructure
company that distributes natural gas to more than 350,000 customers in
Michigan and Alaska. It also owns and operates businesses involved in natural
gas engineering and quality assurance services, pipeline construction
services, propane distribution interstate pipelines and natural gas storage in
various regions of the United States. In addition, it provides information
technology and outsourcing services, specializing in the mid-range computer
SOURCE SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.
Web site: http: //www.semcoenergy.com
CONTACT: Media: Francis R. Lieder, Jr. of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc., 810-987-2200, ext. 4186, or fax, 810-989-4098