Consumers Energy Hits $1 Billion Michigan Spend

JACKSON — Consumers Energy has achieved its promise to increase its spending with other Michigan businesses by $1 billion over the past four years.

The energy provider’s announcement came last week at the Pure Michigan Business Connect-Consumers Energy Pay it Forward Summit in Grand Rapids. Muskegon-based Newkirk Electric received the contract that took Consumers Energy over the $1 billion mark.

“We’ve kept our promise to Michigan by increasing our ‘home state’ spending with other businesses by $1 billion over the past four years, one year ahead of plan,” said Dan Malone, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of energy resources.

Nearly 400 companies throughout Michigan have benefited from contracts awarded by Consumers Energy through Pure Michigan Business Connect. As part of its “Pay it Forward” program the company encourages its Michigan-based suppliers to utilize sub-contractors and suppliers based in the state to help stimulate further job gains and economic growth in the state of Michigan.

Seven companies were recognized at the summit for doing work with Consumers Energy while “paying it forward” by hiring Michigan subcontractors
* Newkirk Electric (Muskegon) is doing $16 million worth of projects ranging from electric installation to maintenance work of systems at facilities including the J.H. Campbell generating complex and Zeeland generating station.
* Northern Boiler (Muskegon) is performing $17.8 million worth of projects including pipe replacement and sump pump replacement at the Zeeland generating station.
* Pumford Construction (Saginaw) is doing $29.4 million worth of projects including building the new West Branch Service Center and Groveland Service Center.
* Monarch Welding (Bay City) is performing $7.1 million worth of projects including upgrades to the Bay City service center and mechanical support at the Karn/Weadock generating complex.
* Barton Malow Co. (Southfield) is doing $162 million worth of projects including building Cross Winds Energy Park, now in operation.
* Ideal Contracting LLC (Detroit) is performing $9.6 million worth of projects including an air quality control system project at the Karn-Weadock generating complex.
* CSM Group Inc. (Kalamazoo) is doing $8 million worth of projects including building the Jackson Innovation Center

Consumers Energy’s $1 billion Pure Michigan commitment is in addition to the more than $2 billion annually it spends in the state to improve customer service, upgrade electric and natural gas delivery, protect and improve Michigan’s natural environment, deliver energy efficiency programs and expand renewable energy sources.

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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