Marcus Bratton, the new Building and Grounds Coordinator for Rural Action, is a man who wears many hats.
In addition to his work with us, Marcus is a maintenance consultant for ACEnet, where he worked for 7 years before joining Rural Action, and he’s a stay-at-home dad with a son who is in virtual kindergarten classes at Alexander Local Schools.
Marcus started with Rural Action on March 1 and “hit the ground running.” He’s doing work on the UpCycle Ohio building and has already been cleaning gutters at Rural Action facilities.
HIs family moved to Meigs County when he was a child, and he graduated from Meigs High School and earned an associate’s degree in industrial ceramics at Hocking College. Marcus and his wife, Christina, live on an old dairy farm that’s just over the hill from where he grew up. When the emerald ash borer destroyed trees on his property, he set up a saw mill to turn the dead trees into lumber so he could build a workshop, which he uses for forging and welding. That came in handy when he had trouble getting parts for an old tractor, allowing him to forge a new steering component.
Marcus also is a steward of his land, working to restore the riparian buffer along Little Leading Creek, which runs through his property.
Other hats Marcus has worn include supervisor of a brick plant in Arkansas, maintenance worker for Sandusky County, and a hat that led to his marriage — Zamboni driver. He was operating the ice resurfacing machine when he met his wife, who was running the learn-to-skate program at Ohio University’s Bird Arena. Christina is now assistant director of financial aid at OU.