NiSource (NYSE: NI) helps energize the lives of its nearly 4 million natural gas and electric customers across seven states. Our local utilities � Columbia Gas and NIPSCO � ensure that customers receive safe, reliable and affordable natural gas and electric service each and every day. Our business plan is focused on proactively investing in our energy infrastructure � approximately $1.4 billion a year � to ensure we meet and improve upon our customer commitments for the next 100 years. We employ more than 7,000 of our neighbors who are actively engaged in the communities we�re privileged to serve, making them great places to live and call home. NiSource is headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana � about 35 miles from Chicago � and we maintain a significant corporate presence in Columbus, Ohio. Our utility operations also span Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia.