Jun. 2—OTTAWA — Pete Macke, owner of Ottawa Odd Jobs, recently became a member of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce. On Tuesday the chamber hosted a ribbon-cutting at his workshop at 727 E. Second St. in Ottawa.
"I've had the business open for a little over a year now and I saw a lot of people that I respect in the community being a part of the chamber and wanting to be there. They're the example of what I want this business to become, so that's really the biggest reason," Macke said.
Macke started Ottawa Odd Jobs out of necessity.
"We moved back here in 2019 and I was a stay-at-home dad for my daughter. We were looking for something just to get me out of the house a couple of days a week and my parents asked if I could work on my aunt's house. So I started doing that, and just kind of realized I could probably do this for other people," Macke said.
Macke formed an LLC in October 2019. Then in early 2020 pandemic hit and, "I did not consider my business essential since it didn't exist four months earlier," Macke said.
On March 3, 2020, when the Restart Ohio plan was announced by Governor Mike DeWine, Macke decided to really promote the restart of his business.
"I think it was a Monday and I got seven phone calls that day. Things really took off, so I think my real grand opening was then. I've been pretty much on a full schedule ever since," Macke said.
Macke focuses on only the Putnam County area, doing jobs around the home that you wouldn't normally bring a contractor in to do.
"I focus on small things that can be done in less than a day. I come to somebody's home and I see they have a faucet, a light, a ceiling fan and a broken door that they need dealt with and I do all that in a day," Macke said.
The need for his services has allowed him to be booked up for the next month and a half.
For his labor, he charges by either a half-day rate of $185 or a full-day rate of $365.
Additional costs would be for whatever materials he used for the job.
To make an appointment, contact Macke at 419-969-2993.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.