CHARLESTON, W. Va., Jul 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) —
Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE:FTR, news, filings) today presented Read Aloud West Virginia with a check for $10,000 on behalf of NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage (NGT&S). The donation reflects the company’s appreciation of NGT&S’s giving Frontier’s transition teams use of premium facilities at 1700 Maccorkle Avenue in Charleston, directly across from offices acquired by Frontier on July 1st as part of is 14-state transaction with Verizon Communications.
“The NGT&S facilities were an ideal `command center’ for Frontier’s transition team, allowing us to be accessible and available to Verizon employees and leadership pre-close without interrupting the customer experience in any way,” said Ken Arndt, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Frontier’s Southeast Region, whose headquarters are now in the former Verizon building at 1500 Maccorkle. “It was incredibly gracious of NGT&S to offer the facilities and to suggest a donation to Read Aloud West Virginia in lieu of compensation. It is a wonderful welcome to Charleston and proof positive that Southern hospitality is alive and well. We are thrilled to be a part of this wonderful community.”
Brian Healy, manager of non-gas facilities for NGT&S, stated that the offer of facilities and the donation to Read Aloud West Virginia were consistent with the company’s Values. “NGT&S is deeply committed to the strength and stability of the communities we serve. Frontier shares our interest in engaging with our communities and partnering with them to ensure a bright future. Reading programs do that and benefit all ages in many ways. It is a pleasure to welcome Frontier to our community, to have provided space as they begin to do very good things for West Virginia, and to recognize Read Aloud West Virginia. It’s a good day all around.”
In accepting the donation, Mary Kay Bond, Executive Director of Read Aloud West Virginia stated, “It is a pleasure when companies collaborate and focus on what is best for their customers and communities. NGT&S and Frontier exemplify good citizenship, and I am grateful that NGT&S chose our organization for this significant donation.”
Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE: FTR) offers voice, High-Speed Internet, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings, specialized bundles for small businesses and home offices, and advanced business communications Access Solutions for medium and large businesses in 27 states and with approximately 14,600 employees. More information is available at www.frontier.com and www.frontier.com/ir
As units of NiSource, Inc., the NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage companies include Columbia Gas Transmission, Columbia Gulf Transmission, Hardy Storage, Millennium Pipeline and Crossroads Pipeline. Combined, the companies operate about 15,000 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline and 37 storage fields, delivering over 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas per year. For more information about NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage, please visit www.ngts.com.
NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), based in Merrillville, Ind., is a Fortune 500 company engaged in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, as well as electric generation, transmission and distribution. NiSource operating companies deliver energy to more than 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England. Information about NiSource and its subsidiaries is available via the Internet at www.nisource.com.
About Read Aloud West Virginia
Read Aloud West Virginia is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit founded for the purpose of introducing children to the pleasure reading can provide. Recognizing that today’s knowledge-based economy demands greater reading proficiency than ever before, Read Aloud sponsors a variety of programs designed to motivate children to want to read and improve their skills. Since children reflect the culture in which they live, Read Aloud works to partner with schools, families and a variety of organizations to nurture a culture which values reading and education. The program is currently administered by an Executive Director and all-volunteer board. Individual counties administer local programs through local advisory boards and choose the programs that meet the needs of their respective students.
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