A retired oil industry executive who grew up in Salina is offering $400,000 to help build Salina Area Technical College’s new Industrial Maintenance and Automation building – provided the college can raise an equal amount in new donations.

Damon Button, who lives in Midland, Texas, said that even though he no longer has any “real ties to Salina,” he still follows Salina news.

“I started following what was going on at Salina Tech some time ago,” he said. “Six months ago I read about your new project being built.”

The Industrial Maintenance and Automation program is intended to

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