FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE: SEN) today announced the appointment of Arthur L.
Pendleton as President and Chief Operating Officer of its utility construction
subsidiary, NATCOMM, Inc.
Mr. Pendleton will succeed current NATCOMM President and Chief Executive
Officer Robert A. Stone, who is retiring Feb. 15, 2002.
Marcus Jackson, President and Chief Executive Officer of SEMCO ENERGY,
Inc., made the announcement.
"NATCOMM has been restructured to make it a better fit for the niche
market it is best equipped to serve. Art Pendleton, with his extensive
background in utility construction, has the skills necessary to achieve the
results that will make NATCOMM a strong contributor to SEMCO ENERGY, thus
increasing shareholder value," Jackson said.
"I also would like to take this opportunity to thank Bob Stone for his
years of service to the Company and especially for his invaluable assistance
in reshaping NATCOMM over the past few months. I wish him well in his well-
Mr. Pendleton comes to NATCOMM, based in Comstock Park, MI, from Roanoke
Gas Company, where he had been President and Chief Operating Officer of the
Roanoke, VA, utility since June 1999.
"I very much appreciate the opportunity that has been afforded me to serve
as President and COO of NATCOMM, Inc.," he said. "I am excited about the
challenges that lie ahead and I am very eager to get started."
Mr. Pendleton began his career as a Construction Supervisor with Frank S.
Black Construction Co. in 1973 where he gathered valuable planning, estimating
and construction experience. He moved to Roanoke Gas Company in 1978 as a
Construction Engineer. His management experience there includes serving as
Director of Engineering Services, Vice President of Operations and Executive
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
He completed his Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from VMI, Lexington,
VA, in 1973. He earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration from
VPI&SU in 1990. He was registered as a Professional Engineer by the State of
Virginia in 1981.
Mr. Pendleton's professional memberships include ASHRAE, the Southeastern
Gas Association (SEGA), and BOCA International. He is a past Board member and
Secretary of the Roanoke (VA) chapter of ASHRAE, Past Chairman of the
Education Steering Committee of SEGA and a member of the SEGA Board of
His civic involvement includes serving on the Boards of Directors of the
Roanoke-area Better Business Bureau, Goodwill of the Valleys, Junior
Achievement, including serving as Chairman; and serving as Past President of
the City of Roanoke Business and Technical Council.
He and his wife, Phyllis Kay Haga Pendleton, have an adult son and
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. distributes natural gas to more than 367,000 customers
combined in Michigan, as SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, and in Alaska, as ENSTAR
Natural Gas Company. It owns and operates businesses involved in natural gas
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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