Border States Moves into Energy Markets

Border States Electric Supply (BSE), Fargo, N.D., has expanded into the energy market with the acquisition of Bates and Associates Inc., Grand Haven, Mich., a 24-year-old distributor of natural gas and oil products in the Midwest.

All current Bates & Associates employees will be continuing with Border States. Tamara Bates-Monsma will serve as the market/branch manager, and Rick Hendryx will be the sales manager.

Founded in 1952, Border States had $340 million in 2003 sales

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