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John E. Schneider Named Executive Vice President And Chief Operating Officer of SEMCO ENERGY's Michigan Gas Utility

PORT HURON, Mich., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- William L. Johnson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE: SEN), today announced the appointment of John E. Schneider, as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SEMCO ENERGY's Michigan Utility. Schneider, who became Senior Vice President of Corporate Development in September 1999, begins his new duties March 1.

Schneider came to the Company in 1998 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES, Inc., the diversified businesses segment of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. Since 1997, VENTURES has expanded into businesses involved in engineering, construction and other related services for underground gas pipeline, water and cable facilities in various regions of the U.S. As COO of VENTURES, Schneider was responsible for the operation of these companies, as well as SEMCO ENERGY's investment in non-regulated gas pipeline and storage facilities.

Schneider will report to Jon A. Kosht, President and Chief Executive Officer of SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY. "The Michigan Utility has earned a great reputation, through 50 years of safely delivering clean, low-cost energy and preserving a standard of excellence in customer service and community involvement. I'm pleased to have John's extensive financial and operational expertise on the senior management team as we continue to profitably grow the gas utility business in Michigan," Kosht said.

Before coming to SEMCO ENERGY, Schneider's experience included 10 years as President and CEO of Primark Corporation's financial services companies. He also held leadership positions for Michigan Consolidated Gas Company and American Natural Resources Company (now ANR Pipeline).

Schneider holds a Masters degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Mathematics from Michigan State University.

SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. 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, intrastate 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 market.
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