Consumers Energy Training Project Benefits Community Kids, Adults

      Consumers Energy Training Project Benefits Community Kids, Adults

Bikes Assembled in Team Building Exercise Donated to Owosso Nonprofit

PR Newswire

OWOSSO, Mich., May 23, 2014

OWOSSO, Mich., May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy employees
assembled four bikes Wednesday on their last day in the Crew Leader Institute
for a team building exercise, practicing concepts and skills explored in their

That afternoon, the energy company gave the shiny new bikes to deserving kids
and adults through Pleasant Valley Impact, a nonprofit organization with the
goal of providing resources to low-income residents in the Pleasant Valley
mobile home community in Shiawassee County.

"The men and women going through the Crew Leader Institute get a lot out of
working with teammates on the hands-on bike assembly exercise, but many of
them say they get even more out of seeing the bikes they produce going to good
homes," said Brian Ott, manager of electric construction at Consumers Energy.
"Consumers Energy has a promise to care for the communities we serve, and this
example in a training setting reinforces our culture with leaders at our
company in a tangible way."

This week's class brings the total of news bikes and helmets Consumers Energy
has donated to Pleasant Valley Impact to 12 since the program began in 2014.

"You've never seen happier or more appreciative kids than when they hop on
their new bikes from Consumers Energy and start riding," said Pastor Marlene
Webster, director of Pleasant Valley Impact. "We also give some of the bikes
to adults in the community. They get to enjoy time bicycling with their kids,
and, in some cases, adults use their bikes as transportation to their

About 110 employees attend training each year through the Crew Leader
Institute at Consumers Energy's Owosso Service Center. A class meets in two
sessions for a total of five days.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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