2015-12-17 / Community

Consumers celebrates opening of service center

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • 810-452-2668 • jbonke@mihomepaper.com


BAD AXE - Consumers Energy hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at its grand opening celebration on Friday, Dec. 11 of its Bad Axe Service Center. Pictured here are: (l-r) State Representative Ned Canfield, Carl Osentoski, executive director of the Sanilac & Huron County Economic Development Corporation; Charles Montgomery, Consumers Energy’s executive director of gas distribution; Bad Axe Mayor Jim Hicks; and Mike Nelson, secretary treasurer of the Michigan State Utility Workers Council. 
Photo by John Bonke BAD AXE - Consumers Energy hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at its grand opening celebration on Friday, Dec. 11 of its Bad Axe Service Center. Pictured here are: (l-r) State Representative Ned Canfield, Carl Osentoski, executive director of the Sanilac & Huron County Economic Development Corporation; Charles Montgomery, Consumers Energy’s executive director of gas distribution; Bad Axe Mayor Jim Hicks; and Mike Nelson, secretary treasurer of the Michigan State Utility Workers Council. Photo by John Bonke BAD AXE — Consumers Energy celebrated the dedication of its new $3.7 million, 7,000-square-foot Bad Axe Service Center at a ribbon-cutting event on Friday, Dec. 11.

On-hand for the event were several local dignitaries and company employees and retirees.

Located at 696 North Crescent St., the new service center replaces the company’s original service building at the same location, which was razed recently.

Currently, 10 Consumers Energy employees are based at the new service center, with their positions covering gas distribution, gas service and meter reading, as well as facilities, storeroom and field management employees. A total of 13,700 natural gas business and residential customers are served from the Bad Axe Service Center.

At the ribbon-cutting and grand opening event, Charles Montgomery, Consumers Energy’s executive director of gas distribution, said that this facility, along with one just recently opened in Clare, shows the company’s commitment to serve its communities and reaffirms its commitment to serving the area.

Mike Nelson, secretary-treasurer of the Michigan State Utility Workers Council, presented a plaque honoring veterans who work at the Bad Axe facility.

Bad Axe Mayor Jim Hicks, himself with industry-related work experience, said of the facility, “It’s fantastic!”

The new building features a number of “green” attributes that meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification according to environmental standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Other features of the new building include: an open office concept, which encourages communication between work groups.

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