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      Manufacturer to add 75 jobs with new multi-million contract

      Consumers Energy signed the 19-million-dollar contract with Moran Iron Works.

      A northern Michigan manufacturing plant will be adding dozens of new jobs thanks to a new multi-million dollar contract.

      Consumers Energy signed the 19-million-dollar contract with Moran Iron Works Tuesday. The Onaway manufacturer will make the fabrication of clean-air equipment for the utility's power plant.

      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 expand.

      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-dollars 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," said 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.