End of an era for Union Gas

The Chatham Daily News - - OPINION -

Re­gard­ing the story about Steve Baker, the CEO and pres­i­dent of Union Gas, who is re­tir­ing this month. I read the story with mixed feel­ings, de­lighted with Baker’s suc­cess­ful ca­reer but sur­prised with his de­ci­sion to leave Union Gas at only age 55.

Once En­bridge Inc. had ac­quired Spec­tra Gas and thus Union Gas, I knew it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore Union Gas would be ab­sorbed by En­bridge and cease to be a stand­alone com­pany.

Union Gas for­mally be­came En­bridge Gas Inc. on Jan. 1, a part of En­bridge Gas Distri­bu­tion.

Chatham-Kent has lost its last sig­nif­i­cant head of­fice. This is im­por­tant to un­der­stand. When the head of­fice of a com­pany is lo­cated in a com­mu­nity, that com­mu­nity greatly ben­e­fits in so many ways – and much more than if that com­pany has just a branch op­er­a­tion in the com­mu­nity.

Union Gas has been a very sig­nif­i­cant name in Chatham-Kent and South­west­ern On­tario for over 100 years. But that changed on Jan.

1.

I hope its em­ploy­ees and re­tirees will be able to ac­cept and adapt to this cor­po­rate cul­tural change.

Wil­liam P. Magee Chatham

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