SEMCO ENERGY Ventures Names Harold Winnie Vice President of Planning and Integration

PORT HURON, Mich., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Harold R. Winnie has been named Vice President of Planning and Integration for SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES, a division of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMGS) responsible for diversified businesses.

John Schneider, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES made the announcement.

"I am delighted to add Harold's broad, in-depth management experience to the SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES management team," Schneider said. "His experience in the construction industry along with his knowledge of the gas industry will help us optimize our business processes and thereby contribute to earnings growth."

Mr. Winnie, 47, holds a Master's in Business Administration from Webster University and a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of Missouri.

SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES operates businesses involved in pipeline engineering and quality assurance services, construction services, propane distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage businesses in Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. It is a subsidiary of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc., a diversified energy services and infrastructure company. SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. also owns SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, which distributes natural gas to some 250,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Michigan.
CONTACT: Francis R. Lieder, Jr. of SEMCO, 810-987-2200, ext. 4186, or fax, 810-989-4098

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