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 PONTIAC, Mich., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan's MISS DIG utility damage prevention system this week became the world's first one-call system to log its 6 millionth call. The Pontiac-based MISS DIG organization, the first statewide one-call utility damage prevention system to be established in the U.S., is the nation's leader in call volume.
 Jerry Eister of Jerry Eister Builders, Cedar, Mich., placed the milestone call on Sept. 7 in preparation for building a new home. "I've been using the MISS DIG system since it became available. I think it is an asset to builders and excavators," said Eister.
 "We rely on contractors and homeowners to let us know of their plans to drill, blast or dig," said Kathleen A. Fournier, executive director of MISS DIG. "With continued cooperation, we will be able to effectively protect Michigan residents and businesses from losses due to damaged natural gas, electric, telephone, water, sewer and cable TV lines," Fournier said.
 Michigan's MISS DIG system is a cooperative effort between more than 600 Michigan utilities, governmental agencies and thousands of contractors to prevent injuries to people and damage to utility facilities. It was formed in 1970 and expanded statewide to the Upper Peninsula in 1976. The MISS DIG program has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Michigan's Public Service Commission and Legislature as a model for one-call damage prevention systems throughout the nation.
 At least three working days before beginning a construction or excavation project, contractors or individuals should call MISS DIG's toll-free telephone number, 1-800-482-7171. Participating utilities and governmental agencies mark the location of their underground facilities with color-coded stakes, flags and paint, or provide help when work is done near overhead electric lines.
 Michigan's MISS DIG system is managed by CMS Utility Services, Inc., a subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS).
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