Madison Precision Products Assistant Vice President Kevin Turner, from right, and President Kazuyoshi Matsushita talk to Heritage Trail director Bob Greene during a visit to the trail on Thursday. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
Madison Precision Products Assistant Vice President Kevin Turner, from right, and President Kazuyoshi Matsushita talk to Heritage Trail director Bob Greene during a visit to the trail on Thursday. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
The president of Madison Precision Products toured the Heritage Trail on Thursday during a visit from Japan to see what the company's direct and indirect contributions are paying for.

Madison Precision Products has committed to putting state Environmental license plates on all of its company-owned vehicles in Madison by the end of next year. The executives' company cars already have them, and they will be put on the other cars as the registrations come up for renewal.

The plates cost $40 extra, with $25 of that a donation to the Indiana Heritage Trust. The Department of Natural Resources' Heritage Trust Fund, with money mostly from the Environmental plates, gave Madison's Heritage Trail $123,000 toward the purchase of land for a park near Vaughn Drive and Vernon Street.

That is the indirect way Madison Precision Products is helping the Heritage Trail.

Company president Kazuyoshi Matsushita and assistant vice president Kevin Turner gave trail director Bob Greene a letter of commitment to donate $12,500 next year in quarterly payments to the Heritage Trail Conservancy.

The company has donated money in the past to the Heritage Trail, which Greene said was "so crucial because it enabled us to ... expand our environmental traction."

The Heritage Trail, he said, "is about more than trails" and also encompasses Madison's scenic, historic, cultural and environmental heritage.

At the same time, they renewed their previous commitment to use the Environmental license plates.

"One of the things that made us decide to do this was your commitment and your efforts and your accounting of how our funds are spent," Turner told Greene when he gave him the letter at the trail. "I have a real good feeling about this and your commitment."