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History

Columbia Gas and Electric Formed

From humble beginnings (1847 – 1914)

1847 – Springfield Gas Light Company (now known as Columbia Gas of Massachusetts) founded

1885 – Manufacturers Natural Gas Company (now known as Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania) chartered

1906 – Columbia Gas predecessor companies formed

1912 – Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) formed

1915 - 1947

1915 – Thirteen affiliated companies that previously operated separately are merged into Manufacturers Light & Heat. Operations are centered in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio

1941 - 1945 – 3,500 Columbia and NIPSCO employees serve in World War II

Collage of NiSource employees from 1915-1947
NIPSCO Recruitment Booth2 1

1948 - 1999

1948 – Company is renamed Columbia Gas System Inc.

1957-1962 – Central Kentucky Natural Gas becomes Columbia Gas of Kentucky; Manufacturers Light & Heat becomes Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania

1974 – Bay State Gas (now known as Columbia Gas of Massachusetts) formed through the merger of Brockton, Taunton, Springfield, Northampton and Lawrence gas companies

1981 – Columbia acquires Commonwealth Gas Services (now known as Columbia Gas of Virginia)

2000 - Present

2000 – NiSource and Columbia Energy Group merge, forming one of America’s largest gas and electric companies

2015 – NiSource and Columbia Pipeline Group separate, creating NiSource as a stand-alone utility company

Collage of NiSource employees from 2000-present