SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. Appoints Francis R. Lieder, Jr. To Director of Corporate Communications

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., April 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE: SEN) today announced the appointment of Francis R. Lieder to Director of Corporate Communications of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. headquartered in Farmington Hills, MI.

Lieder, who has been with the Company since 1997, will continue to report to Lila Bradley, Vice President of Human Resources and Public Affairs.

Bradley made the announcement saying, "We are fortunate to have Francis Lieder's vast experience, skill and knowledge of communications and public relations. He has been a great asset to the Company and we are pleased to make this announcement."

Lieder is a 26-year veteran of the gas industry. He began his career working in a variety of union and non-union roles for a large Michigan gas utility, where he spent his earliest years learning about line operations.

Lieder has planned hundreds of communication programs and media events, won numerous awards and written thousands of articles, one of which was published in the November 1999 public relations trade paper, PR TACTICS. He is an invited speaker at the American Conference Institute's May 2003 Seminar on Public Relations for the Energy Industry. Lieder has a Master's degree in Fine, Performing and Communications Arts from Wayne State University.

SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a diversified energy and infrastructure company that distributes natural gas to more than 383,000 customers in Michigan and Alaska. It also 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.


"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.