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Williams Buys Rest of Volunteer Energy

Williams Buys Rest of Volunteer Energy

Williams Energy Services has acquired full ownership of Volunteer Energy Corp., increasing its stake from 50%.

Bill Weygandt assumes the role of president and CEO of Volunteer, and Tom Lawson has been named chief operating officer. Weygandt is vice president of Williams retail gas and electric. Lawson is director of sales management for Williams retail gas and electric.

Volunteer, headquartered in Columbus, OH, provides gas and electricity services to industrial, commercial, and residential customers in North America and the United Kingdom. The company's U.S. operations serve more than 6,000 customers in 15 states.

"Williams is acquiring Volunteer Energy Corp. as an integral part of its strategy to leverage Williams' assets by offering energy solutions to retail customers in key regions of the United States," said Weygandt.

Lawson said Volunteer has grown its customer base significantly during the last year. Volunteer is active in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia and has about 86 employees domestically and internationally. Weygandt said he did not know what Williams would do with the company's international office in England. "We're just looking at all our options right now with regard to the international office."

Joe Fisher, Houston

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