Thanks to one local contractor, Little League players in Newtown will have it made in the shade.
Last week, Ryan Grimmer, owner of Grimmer Construction, donated time and materials to build two dugouts for the Newtown Little League field at Durham and Wright roads in Newtown Township.
“Business-wise, we did great last year, and we wanted to give back,” said Grimmer.
He got his chance after posting on social media that the company was looking for a community project. Newtown Township sent him a message asking if he’d build dugouts for the field.
Grimmer, a Langhorne resident, played baseball as a kid, and was excited to take it on — so much so that he expanded his original plans for them.
Now, both dugouts will have sheathing on the inside walls as well as the outside so the interiors have a more finished look. He used 2×10 beams instead of 2×6 for extra reinforcement, and braced both dugouts with hurricane strap brackets to keep them standing through especially high winds.
He originally planned to have both dugouts completed in about three days. Once Grimmer got started, however, he added an extra day to the schedule in order to add more features to the structures.
The dugouts are 8 by 30 feet with concrete floors and fences in front of them. They reach up to 8 feet at their highest points.
“We put some serious material into it. These aren’t going anywhere for a while,” he said proudly. Once completed, local Boy Scouts will paint the dugouts to complete the project.
The 24-year-old Grimmer started his own construction company four years ago, after learning the trade working in his family’s business for more a decade before that. With a family of his own — two kids and another on the way — it was a way for him to branch out and grow his own business. Part of that is charity work like the dugouts, which is something new for Grimmer.
“It’s a hard business to be in to begin with, and not a lot of people will take four or five days out of money-making time, especially this time of year,” he said.