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Date: September 16, 2010
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

History Associates Tells the Story of Cleco Corporation: Lighting Louisiana for 75 Years

Cleco Corporation publishes its company history in celebration of its 75th anniversary

History Associates is pleased to announce that the business history of Cleco Corporation, Lighting Louisiana for 75 Years, has recently been published. Written by Dr. Kenneth D. Durr, executive vice president at historical research firm History Associates, it tells the story of how a local ice company in Bunkie, Louisiana, evolved into a regional utility company with a state-of-the-art power plant that can run on renewable energy.

“Cleco’s story is one of smart planning in the face of constant challenge,” said Dr. Durr.  “The company has persevered through the growing pains of the post World War II era, the energy crisis of the ’70s, and the turmoil of electric utility deregulation.” Dr. Durr noted how the vision of its early leaders set the stage for its successful position today. “A persistent theme to Cleco’s success since its incorporation as Louisiana Ice and Electric in 1935 is its commitment to becoming a self-sufficient energy company,” he said, adding that Cleco’s Madison 3 power plant (originally called Rodemacher Unit 3) has given Cleco the capacity and fuel flexibility to provide power to its customers for the next thirty years or more.

Dr. Durr and his team of historical researchers at History Associates searched the archives at Cleco’s Pineville, Louisiana, headquarters and did local and national archival research to uncover historical facts and images that would bring the story to life. An accomplished business, labor, and political historian, Dr. Durr conducted oral history interviews with nearly a dozen former Cleco employees and other key figures to weave their recollections into the narrative.

“History Associates weaved little-known facts with major milestone events to create an entertaining and meaningful story of Cleco’s history,” noted Susan Broussard, manager of Corporate and Strategic Communications at Cleco. “Their research was thorough, and they were helpful throughout the process.”

Cleco is distributing copies of the published book as part of its ongoing 75th anniversary celebration. For more information about the book or Cleco Corporation, contact Susan Broussard at (318) 484-7773.

About Cleco Corporation
Cleco Corporation is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, Louisiana.  It operates a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, that serves about 277,000 retail customers across Louisiana. Cleco also operates a wholesale energy business, Cleco Midstream Resources LLC, which includes the pending sale of Acadia Power Station Unit 2. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Cleco Power serving Louisiana customers. For more information about Cleco, visit

About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit

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