Florida Water Services honored as a top central Florida employer

For the eighth consecutive year, Florida Water Services has been named one of the Top 100 Companies for Working Families by Orlando Sentinel's Florida Magazine.

ORLANDO, Fla., June 13, 2001 — For the eighth consecutive year, Florida Water Services has been named one of the Top 100 Companies for Working Families by Orlando Sentinel's Florida Magazine.

Companies were evaluated on their family-specific programs, employee rewards, benefits and options packages, in-house communications, long-range programs and company recognition.

"We're glad to be honored with this distinction again this year," said John Cirello, president and CEO of Florida Water Services. "We're always looking for ways to help our employees balance work and family life."

Some of the many family-friendly programs at Florida Water Services include an innovative profit-sharing program, scholarships for employees' children, a prepaid legal plan and a debt-reduction program.

Florida Water Services (www.florida-water.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE, has more than 30 years' experience serving Florida citizens and communities, such as the treatment and distribution of drinking water and the treatment of wastewater. More than 500,000 Floridians in 27 Florida counties rely on Florida Water Services.

Florida Water's parent company, ALLETE Water Services, is also the holding company for Heater Utilities, North Carolina's largest investor-owned water and wastewater company; Georgia Water Services; U.S. Maintenance and Management; Instrumentation Services Inc.; and Americas' Water Services Corporation.

ALLETE is a multi-services company with corporate headquarters in Duluth, Minn. Holdings include the second largest wholesale automobile auction network in North America; the leading provider of independent auto dealer inventory financing; the largest investor-owned water utilities in Florida and North Carolina; significant real estate holdings in Florida; and a low-cost electric utility that serves some of the largest industrial customers in the United States.

SOURCE: Florida Water Services

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