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Snelson Companies, Inc. Awarded Final Two Phases of Consumers Energy’s Saginaw Trail Pipeline Project

PLH Group, Inc. (“PLH Group“), a private construction services company, today announced that its subsidiary company, Snelson Companies, Inc. (“Snelson”), has been awarded a contract to complete the final phases of the Saginaw Trail Pipeline project.

This project is essential to the safety and reliability of natural gas transportation throughout lower Michigan by replacing 78 miles of current infrastructure, which has been in place since the 1940s, with 94.4 miles of new pipeline.

The entire pipeline replacement project will be completed in four phases over four years. With Phases 1 and 2 complete, Snelson will enter the project with accountability for the construction scope of Phases 3 and 4, which are significantly larger than each of the first two phases.

Phase 3, which consists of installing 29.2 miles of new, larger pipeline between Clio City Gate to Grand Blanc City Gate, is anticipated to begin in Spring 2019. This phase not only replaces the existing 12- and 16-inch pipe with new 24-inch pipeline, but also reroutes the path around the urban area of Flint.

Phase 4 will begin in 2020. This phase will replace pipeline for the 28.2 miles between Grand Blanc City Gate to Clawson Control. Phase 4 groundwork – including surveying and obtaining necessary easements and permits – is already underway. The project’s anticipated completion is December 2020.

“Consumers Energy displays their strong commitment to safely and reliably delivering energy to its lower Michigan customers with the Saginaw Trail Pipeline project. When identifying a contractor to complete the project, they didn’t have to look any further than Snelson’s past experience and safety performance,” said Alex Epstein, President of Snelson. “We maintain high standards regarding safety and work quality, while still successfully completing work on-time and within budget. In addition to following construction best practices, we also proactively implement strict environmental best practices for the protection of local wildlife and land management.”

“Our reputation, as well as the great relationship we have developed with Consumers Energy, will ensure the success of this essential project,” concluded Epstein.

With over 70 years of experience as a pipeline construction company, Snelson Companies, Inc. is a leading contractor for oil and gas pipeline, distribution, station and facility construction, and infrastructure integrity services. Snelson’s team of professionals produce safe, quality work on-time and within budget. Proudly focusing its efforts on safety, integrity, reliability, and adaptability, Snelson has successfully completed projects throughout North America. Learn more about Snelson’s reputation in both the industry and communities it has worked in at

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About PLH Group, Inc.

PLH Group is a leading full-service construction and specialty contractor that serves the electric power and pipeline markets. PLH Group has assembled a North American team of top-quality companies that deliver services covering the broad range of needs of its customers from pipeline construction and related directional drilling to electric transmission, distribution and substation construction including specialized foundations and helicopter airborne operations. Safety, expertise, and collaboration distinguish PLH Group’s diversified infrastructure service solutions.  For more information, visit