Marvin Metals made 90-pound school emblem
The Waupaca Comet logo Marvin Metals created last year is now at Waupaca High School.
Last week, Marvin Metals and the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce presented the logo to the Waupaca Pep Club and WHS Principal Rob Becker.
The plan is for the logo to be displayed inside the front doors of the school and to also use it on the Pep Club float during the homecoming parade.
This year’s homecoming parade is on Friday, Oct. 7.
People may watch for the logo in the parade or stop at WHS after homecoming to see the new addition.
The large metal logo came about last year as part of the planning for the Downtown on Main events.
The chamber, city of Waupaca and retailer’s group Waupaca, King and In Between work together to sponsor the community events.
Last year, the groups decided to host the first ever Homecoming Tailgate Party on Main Street, with a snake dance and bonfire to follow at South Park.
They wanted to bring back some old Waupaca traditions, such as a snake dance and bonfire, while tying in something new, such as tailgating, to celebrate homecoming in Waupaca.
During the planning, the committee thought it would be great to have a Comet logo to display at the tailgating event.
Terri Schulz, president of Waupaca’s chamber, then remembered Marvin Metals had made Comet logos for the students at the chamber’s 2015 Heavy Metal Manufacturing Tours.
She called Ed Marvin, owner of Marvin Metals, and asked if the business would be up to the challenge.
He said yes.
Marvin Metals explained the process in making the logo.
The Comet logo was first drawn out and designed in AutoCad.
Then the CAD file was sent to the plasma table, using Pro-Nest nesting software.
The software told the CNC plasma head to cut along the lines created in AutoCad to cut out the shape of the logo.
Marvin Metals cut the logo out of 3/16-inch carbon steel plate, and the final cutout weighs approximately 90 pounds.
The edges of the cut logo were grinded down, cleaned up and then finish painted using the Waupaca Comet school colors.
After using the Comet logo for the 2015 event and having it on display in the chamber landscaping for several months, it was time for it to go to where it belonged – Waupaca High School.