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OTTAWA New distance markers at the Ottawa American Legion Baseball field in Memorial Park are the result of a collaborative effort by Pro-Tec, Leipsic and Millstream Career Center in Findley.

ProTec donated the steel for the markers. The skill to make the signs was provided by engineer students in Bruce Schomaker's. class at Millstream.

Dave Kersh, manager of Ottawa's Legion baseball said he was looking into pricing for new distance markers when his son-in-law Jared Wehri, heard about the need. Wehri, an associate at Pro-Tec, approached his company about the possible donation of the steel for the distance markers.

"We were glad to help," said Brett Rosebrook, vice-president and finance administrator at Pro-Tec. "This is part of our core values to do community service"

Schomaker said the students in his class cut out the letters for the distance markers with a plasma cutter, and then did the welding needed to make the distance markers.

Pro-Tec president Bryan Vaughn said this kind of relationship between business and education is important.

"Pro-Tec just celebrated their 20th anniversary," said Vaughn. "It's important for these students to get the technical skills that will be needed by future employees at Pro-Tec.

Ottawa mayor Dean Meyer thanked Pro-Tec and Millstream for their donations of materials and labor.

"It's so nice to see when people get involved," ' Meyer said. He said people giving of their time and talents are what make the park so special.

Kersh said Paul's Ace Hardware donated paint and stainless steel hardware needed to assemble the signs.

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