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DTE Energy Enters 65th Consecutive Year Employing Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit Trainees

PRNewswire
DETROIT
(NYSE:DTE)

DETROIT, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- At an age that usually is associated with retirement, the relationship between DTE Energy and Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit is still going strong. For the 65th consecutive year, DTE Energy has contracted with Goodwill to employ its program graduates in the company's investment recovery operation.

Robert J. Buckler, president of Detroit Edison, DTE Energy's electric utility company, said the relationship with Goodwill has historically benefited the company, the Goodwill program graduates and the community. "The Goodwill program graduates provide the company with a reliable and productive workforce for the investment recovery operation; the program graduates learn job skills that can lead to long-term, permanent employment, and the community benefits from these productive, self-reliant individuals," he said. "We are proud that we have maintained this relationship for 65 years and we are looking forward to continuing our affiliation for many more years."

A new contract soon will be in place that will continue the relationship between Goodwill and DTE Energy through 2010.

Kathy Laird, Goodwill's vice president/Industrial Services, added, "This relationship has been a true partnership, where everyone has benefited. We look forward to maintaining our close connection with DTE Energy."

Throughout the 65-year affiliation, the Goodwill program graduates have worked in Detroit Edison's salvage operation, now called investment recovery. While the basic concept of recovering reusable components and salvaging other material with value in the scrap market hasn't changed over the years, the operation has grown in scope and sophistication.

Goodwill provides about 60 program graduates who make up the core workforce of the investment recovery operation. They perform a wide range of functions, from sorting material, to dismantling components such as transformers and electric meters, to preparing computers for sale or donation to packaging recovered material for re-use by utility crews.

Goodwill also manages the marketing of all salable material, primarily though the Web site http://www.materialplus.com/, where buyers can compete in an on-line auction for everything from scrap steel to an antique gas stove to major components for electrical distribution systems.

For 2006, the investment recovery operation generated $17 million in recovered inventory and sales combined.

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan and other non- utility, energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, fuel transportation and marketing, and unconventional gas production. Information about DTE Energy is available at http://www.dteenergy.com/.

The mission of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit is to provide people who have disabilities and other barriers to employment with opportunities to become independent, self-supporting citizens through training, work experience and employment in the community.

SOURCE: DTE Energy

CONTACT: John Austerberry, +1-313-235-8859, or Lorie N. Kessler,
+1-313-235-8807, both of DTE Energy

Web site: http://www.dteenergy.com/
http://www.materialplus.com/