Consumers Energy Launches "Pay It Forward" - Encouraging Suppliers To Join Pure Michigan Business Connect Initiative

  Consumers Energy Launches "Pay It Forward" - Encouraging Suppliers To Join
                  Pure Michigan Business Connect Initiative

PR Newswire

EAST LANSING, Mich., Dec. 12, 2012

EAST LANSING, Mich., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy is
encouraging its suppliers and vendors to join it in supporting the State of
Michigan's Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative. The announcement was
made by Dan Malone, senior vice president, distribution and customer
operations, during the utility's Supplier Summit today at the Kellogg Center,
East Lansing.

"We're asking our suppliers to consider starting a 'buy Michigan first'
program, just as we've done here at Consumers Energy. Let's work together to
grow Michigan," Malone said.

Consumers Energy recently doubled to $500 million its commitment to purchase
Michigan-made goods and services over five years.

To-date under this initiative, Consumers Energy has made payments of $225
million and awarded 517 contracts to 237 suppliers located in 81 cities in the

Mike Finney, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development
Corporation, said that Consumers Energy's action to encourage suppliers to
"buy Michigan first" will put more state residents back on the payroll and
help state firms sell more goods and services.

"We know that Pure Michigan Business Connect is driving up employment and
encouraging business growth. We appreciate Consumers Energy's ongoing
leadership role in this program," Finney said.

Today's event highlights a Detroit-based company – Ideal Contracting LLC –
that attended its first Supplier Summit one year ago. Ideal Contracting
subsequently received a contract for services from Consumers Energy.

"Ideal Contracting was built in Detroit. Investing in our community and in
Michigan has helped us grow as a business. Our commitment to the City and the
State continues as we build for other Michigan-based businesses, like
Consumers Energy. These key opportunities allow us to expand our employee
base and trade labor team, as well as providing new capital for our equipment
and fabrication abilities. So much of what Michigan has to offer has made
Ideal Contracting what we are today," said Dan Kovoch, Vice President/ General
Manager, Ideal Contracting LLC.

Companies interested in learning more about Pure Michigan Business Connect are
encouraged to visit the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's website, or Consumers Energy at 

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), provides
natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents
in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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SOURCE Consumers Energy

Contact: Dan Bishop, +1-517-788-2395 or Jeff Holyfield, +1-517-788-2394
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