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Aretech Lands Information Technology Outsourcing Contract

MARYSVILLE, Mich., May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Aretech Information Services, Inc., an information technology (IT) company specializing in outsourcing, has been awarded a contract to provide IT outsourcing services to Michigan-based Davis Industries, Inc., a market leader in automotive components. The multi- year contract is Aretech's latest service and operations contract with a leading automotive supplier. The monetary value of the contract was not disclosed. Aretech President and CEO Rudy D. Cifolelli made the announcement.

Davis' North American-based AS/400 hardware and software will be serviced by Aretech (www.aretech-is.com ), according to Laura Dixon, Director of Information Systems at Davis. The service contract calls for 24/365 platform operations management of the company's AS/400, LAN, and WAN systems as well as the operation of J.D. Edwards, Davis' enterprise system for North America.

"We're excited about the opportunity to work with Aretech. Aretech's expertise allows Davis Industries to focus our internal resources towards strategic initiatives, improving service levels to our internal and external customers, and reducing costs," said Dixon.

Aretech provides four key offerings to mid-sized companies: IT outsourcing services for AS/400 platforms; application service provider (ASP) services; business-to-business e-commerce through the creation of a supplier exchange; and business-to-consumer e-commerce, including offerings such as electronic bill presentment.

"Aretech's service offerings allows Davis Industries to focus on its core business, while we manage their IT services and mission-critical functions in a most cost-effective way," said Rudy D. Cifolelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aretech.

Aretech (pronounced 'r-eh-tek'), was launched in April 2000 by SEMCO ENERGY, Inc., a diversified energy and infrastructure services company that distributes natural gas to more than 367,000 combined customers in Michigan and Alaska, and also performs engineering and construction services for energy companies in the United States. Aretech's goal is to reach annual revenues in excess of $100 million in five years, through both customer growth and selective acquisitions.

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 contribute measurably and significantly 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 and succeed in their chosen industries.

Davis Industries, Inc. a $150 million automotive supplier with approximately 1000 employees is based in Plymouth, Michigan. Davis operates three divisional North American manufacturing operations within the Davis Automotive Group: those being DATEC, Angola, IN; Multi-Plex, Howe, IN; and Volunteer Automotive, Manchester, TN.

Davis also operates Davis Tool & Engineering Co. in Detroit, MI, and maintains its product development and advanced engineering services division: Epworth Technologies out of its Plymouth based headquarters.

Davis, founded in 1921, is a leading North American supplier of automatic transmission drive plate assemblies, torque converter components/assemblies, heat management sub-systems, steering column component assemblies, engine/transmission pans and covers, fuel filler door assemblies and body hardware systems.

The following is a "Safe-Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This communication contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to, operating expenses, operating income, returns on invested assets, regulatory approval processes, success in obtaining new business and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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SOURCE Aretech Information Services, Inc.
Web site: http: //www.aretech-is.com
CONTACT: Non-Media: Rudolfo R. Cifolelli of Aretech Information Services, Inc., 810-364-6845, ext. 5825, fax, 810-388-5839, email, rudy.cifolelli@aretech-is.com ; or Media: Francis R. Lieder, Jr. of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc., 810-987-2200, ext. 4186, fax, 810-989-4098, email, francis.lieder@semcoenergy.com

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding SEMCO Energy's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.

 
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