Butte, Mont. - Feb. 15, 2013 - Carson Sweeney, a Lewistown native, has been named Manager, District Operations for NorthWestern Energy's Havre district. Currently an engineer in the Billings office, Sweeney will fully assume his new role in late February.
The Havre district stretches from Chester east to Nashua and south to Big Sandy. The district serves about 16,780 electric and 8,325 natural gas customers.
Sweeney grew up in Lewistown and later graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for three years for a large engineering firm in Denver and worked on projects in Arizona and the Denver area before returning to Montana and joining NorthWestern in May 2011.
Sweeney has been deeply involved in the company's Distribution System Infrastructure Project, a seven-year, $300 million initiative to proactively upgrade electric and natural gas systems across Montana. He has overseen a number of sizable power pole replacement projects in the Havre area and along Montana's Hi-Line. There are a number of similar DSIP projects planned for the Havre district in coming years.
"Carson is the type of young leader who exemplifies NorthWestern's commitment to providing safe, reliable and innovative service to our energy customers," said Bob Vinson, Manager, Operations for NorthWestern's Great Falls division, which includes the Havre district. "He is both personable and professional, and will be an excellent fit in the Havre community."
Sweeney is part of a multi-generational family of NorthWestern employees. His father, Trace Sweeney, is a longtime company employee who is currently the Town Manager in Lewistown. A brother, Austin Sweeney, works as a journeyman gasman in Lewistown.
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NorthWestern Energy provides electricity and natural gas in the Upper Midwest and Northwest, serving approximately 673,200 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.www.northwesternenergy.com.