Pure Michigan Business Connect Putting People to Work

            Pure Michigan Business Connect Putting People to Work

More than 170 New Michigan Suppliers for Consumers Energy

PR Newswire

FLINT, Mich., July 30, 2014

FLINT, Mich., July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Pure Michigan Business Connect is
putting people to work.

Consumers Energy has awarded purchase orders to more than 170 new
Michigan-based suppliers primarily as a result of Pure Michigan Business
Connect. That's in addition to the company's existing network of 3,100
suppliers in the state.

"This program is working and it's putting people to work," said Dan Malone,
the company's senior vice president of distribution, operations & engineering
and transmission, at today's Pure Michigan Business Connect supplier summit in
Flint. "With our commitment to increase by $1 billion our purchase of Michigan
goods and services over 5 years, Consumers Energy is proud to be helping other
businesses put people back on the payroll. Our primary economic development
strategy is focused on Michigan and helping our customers grow their

Today's summit included participation by more than 100 Michigan companies that
sent a representative to discuss their products and services with a Consumers
Energy supply chain representative.

The summit focused on women and minority business leaders, representing
one-half of participants. Welcoming comments were provided by Flint Mayor
Dayne Walling, and presentations included Louis Green, President and CEO of
the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council.

Pure Michigan Business Connect success stories from the Flint area include:

  oKnapheide Truck Equipment Co., which provides final stage up fitting of
    Consumers Energy's new vehicle fleet.
  oCarleton Equipment, which sells and services construction equipment.

"While Pure Michigan Business Connect is having a big statewide impact, it's
also helping specific parts of the state. For example, in eastern Michigan
Consumers Energy has increased its spending by more than $240 million as part
of this program. That's helping this region and it's helping Michigan," said
Mike Finney, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development
Corporation (MEDC). Launched in 2011, Pure Michigan Business Connect is a
public-private alliance of the MEDC, state agencies and major Michigan
companies and organizations that connects in-state companies to business

"The hard-working men and women in the Genesee County area deserve an
opportunity to put their skills to work. I applaud this effort by the MEDC
and Consumers Energy to encourage Michigan businesses and workers to support
other Michigan businesses and workers," said state Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Genesee

Consumers Energy has increased to $1 billion its total commitment to purchase
Michigan-made goods and services over five years, from 2011-2016. To date the
company has accomplished $882 million of this commitment. The company's Pure
Michigan commitment is in addition to the $2.4 billion annually that Consumers
Energy spends in the state. These investments are in customer service,
electric and natural gas operations, energy efficiency, renewable energy and
environmental stewardship.

The company is also supporting a Business Leaders for Michigan supplier summit
in October.

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.

Supplier summits

LEARN MORE: Companies interested in learning more about Pure Michigan Business
Connect can visit the Michigan Economic Development Corporation at
www.michiganadvantage.org/Business-Connect or Consumers Energy at

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SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
Contact: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394 or Debra Dodd, 586/918-0597
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