BLACK HILLS ENERGY RECOGNIZES WICHITA EMPLOYEE SHANE CORNELIUS FOR FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE
WICHITA, Kan., Nov. 29, 2012 - Black Hills Energy employee Shane Cornelius, an operations technician in Wichita, has been recognized by the company for five years of service to the Wichita community. Significantly, Cornelius has had no chargeable vehicle accidents or lost time injuries in all those years of service.
"We value the safety of our customers and employees above all else," said John Stark, Black Hills Energy's Wichita operations supervisor. "The efforts of dedicated employees such as Shane are key to the company's ability to
provide safe and reliable service that our customers can count on."
Cornelius' responsibilities include the inspection of the natural gas distribution system, construction and maintenance projects and assisting with system operations and maintenance.
Black Hills Energy encourages promotion from within, rewards employees for their accomplishments and recognizes them for their efforts. "Shane is a great example of an employee who actively pursues opportunities for personal and professional growth, to the benefit of our customers and our company," said Stark.
Cornelius is a skilled and talented operations technician who has made significant contributions to the Wichita operations by volunteering to head the local safety committee as well as being involved with the Kansas Gas Employee Advisory Committee. In addition to his work at Black Hills Energy, Shane is a volunteer with United Way of the Plains.
Gabe Schlickau 316-648-0335
Media Relations Line 866-243-9002
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Black Hills/Kansas Gas Utility Company, LLC d/b/a Black Hills Energy serves 110,000 natural gas customers in 57
Kansas communities. Black Hills Energy is a subsidiary of Black Hills Corp., a diversified energy company with a tradition of exemplary service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Black Hills Corp. is based in Rapid City, S.D., with corporate offices in Denver and Papillion, Neb. Black Hills Corp. serves 765,000 natural gas and electric utility customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, and its non- regulated businesses generate wholesale electricity and produce natural gas, oil and coal. Black Hills' 2,000 employees partner to produce results that are improving life with energy. More information is available at www.blackhillscorp.com.