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Consumers Energy Helps Northeast Michigan Company Grow Operations, Jobs

   Consumers Energy Helps Northeast Michigan Company Grow Operations, Jobs


PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 1, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy today signed a
$19 million contract with Moran Iron Works, a leading manufacturer in
Northeast Michigan, for the fabrication of clean-air equipment for the
utility's power plants.  The agreement is part of Consumers Energy's
participation in Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC), a public-private
initiative developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC),
which connects Michigan companies with opportunities to help them grow and

Consumers Energy's decision to hire a Michigan supplier for this work has
allowed Moran Iron Works to expand its metal fabrication operations and create
up to 75 new jobs.  This work has helped cultivate the only Michigan
fabricator capable of supplying components of this magnitude to the energy
sector.  Moran Iron Works, which currently has 98 employees, previously
received contracts from Consumers Energy and its vendors totaling about $43
million for other clean-air equipment projects.

"Moran Iron Works is a Michigan manufacturing success story. Their metal
fabrication craftsmanship on clean-air equipment is second-to-none," said Jack
Hanson, senior vice president of energy resources for Consumers Energy. "Our
Promise to Michigan includes supporting homegrown companies like Moran and
working together to bring value to our customers and our state."  Hanson noted
that Consumers Energy is Michigan's second-largest investor and
seventh-largest employer.

"We are very proud of our ongoing relationship with Consumers Energy and this
contract demonstrates its commitment to our company and our State. This
project provides stability and growth to a region with a workforce that is
earnest and able to respond to their needs. Moran Iron Works considers it an
honor to be a part of the Consumers Energy team," states Tom Moran, founder
and president of Moran Iron Works.

The new contract covers flue gas duct work for Consumers Energy's J.H.
Campbell Complex Unit 3, the utility's largest coal-fired generating plant
located in West Olive. Moran Iron Works has previously provided clean-air
equipment for J.H. Campbell Units 1 and 2, and for D.E. Karn Units 1 and 2,
near Essexville.  As a result of significant investment, Michigan's air
quality is the best it's been in more than    20 years according to a recent
public statement by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

"Moran Iron Works is a great story about how MEDC programs can help a Michigan
company to grow here," said Michael A. Finney, president and CEO of the
Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "Consumers Energy has been a
driving force behind our PMBC initiative from the start and  we commend the
company for its commitment to growing its business with Michigan suppliers."

Consumers Energy has doubled to $500 million its commitment to purchase
Michigan-made goods and services over five years, from 2011-2016.  The
utility's commitment to increase its business contracts with Michigan
companies is in addition to the $2 billion annually it now spends in the
state. These investments are in customer service, electric and natural gas
operations, energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental stewardship.

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.

For more information regarding Consumers Energy, visit us at: or join us on Facebook at:

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Contact: Consumers Energy: Dan Bishop, +1-517-788-2395 or Jeff Holyfield,
+1-517-788-2394; Moran Iron Works: Marilyn Kapp, +1-989-733-2011
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