Florida Water Services Team Wins 'Top Ops Competition' For Fourth Straight Year

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Florida Water Services

    ORLANDO, Fla., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A team of Florida Water Services
 operators from Central Florida has won the statewide "Top/Ops Challenge" at
 the Florida Water Resources conference for the fourth consecutive year.  By
 winning the statewide competition, Florida Water's team earned the chance to
 recapture the national championship it held in 1999.  The national
 championship will be held at the American Water Works Association Conference
 in June in Washington, D.C.
     The Florida Water team of operators includes Glenn Whitcomb and Jim Smith,
 Deltona, and Jim Hogan and Pete Roussell, serving the community of Palm Coast.
 The team was coached by Dave Denny, Central Region Manager, Deltona.
     By winning the state contest, the team won the right to represent all
 Florida water utilities in the national championship.
     "We are extremely proud of our team," said John Cirello, President and
 CEO, Florida Water Services.  "Winning this challenge took a great deal of
 preparation and dedication on the part of each team member. Their effort
 reflects well on the level of professionalism and talent that our operators
 demonstrate every day on the job in making sure that our customers receive the
 finest service possible."
     The "Top/Ops Challenge" tests the knowledge of plant operators from
 different utilities, both public and private, in a "College Bowl-" type match.
 Teams vie for the championship by answering a variety of questions related to
 plant operations, safety standards, maintenance and regulations.  The team
 correctly answering the most questions advances through preliminary rounds to
 reach the championship match.
     Florida Water Services (www.florida-water.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary
 of ALLETE (NYSE:   ALE)(www.allete.com), 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 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.
 
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SOURCE Florida Water Services
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A team of Florida Water Services
 operators from Central Florida has won the statewide "Top/Ops Challenge" at
 the Florida Water Resources conference for the fourth consecutive year.  By
 winning the statewide competition, Florida Water's team earned the chance to
 recapture the national championship it held in 1999.  The national
 championship will be held at the American Water Works Association Conference
 in June in Washington, D.C.
     The Florida Water team of operators includes Glenn Whitcomb and Jim Smith,
 Deltona, and Jim Hogan and Pete Roussell, serving the community of Palm Coast.
 The team was coached by Dave Denny, Central Region Manager, Deltona.
     By winning the state contest, the team won the right to represent all
 Florida water utilities in the national championship.
     "We are extremely proud of our team," said John Cirello, President and
 CEO, Florida Water Services.  "Winning this challenge took a great deal of
 preparation and dedication on the part of each team member. Their effort
 reflects well on the level of professionalism and talent that our operators
 demonstrate every day on the job in making sure that our customers receive the
 finest service possible."
     The "Top/Ops Challenge" tests the knowledge of plant operators from
 different utilities, both public and private, in a "College Bowl-" type match.
 Teams vie for the championship by answering a variety of questions related to
 plant operations, safety standards, maintenance and regulations.  The team
 correctly answering the most questions advances through preliminary rounds to
 reach the championship match.
     Florida Water Services (www.florida-water.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary
 of ALLETE (NYSE:   ALE)(www.allete.com), 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 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.
 
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