Giving a lift to Veterans’ Day
Carolina Handling is the exclusive Raymond Solutions and support centre in the Southeast of the USA for North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida’s Central time zone territory. On 10 October the company will attempt to create the world’s largest pallet painting when it hosts The Patriotic Pallet Project at Greenville Downtown Airport in Greenville, South Carolina.
Presented in partnership with pallet provider, 48forty Solutions; the Greenville Airport Commission and the Military History Center of the Carolinas, The Patriotic Pallet Project features 2500 painted wooden pallets that, when placed in a grid like pattern, will reveal the image of Lady Liberty.
During September, Carolina Handling associates and partners will paint the tops of the pallets using 20 different colours. On October 10, five Carolina Handling associates representing the five branches of the military in which they served, will deliver pallets to the assembly site using Raymond lift trucks to form the pallets into the Lady Liberty image. A videographer will capture footage of every step of the process from pallet pickup to the finished painting, producing videos to be released on America’s Veterans Day, 11 November.
Assembly of the more than 26,000sqft pallet painting will take place in the parking lot adjacent to Greenville Downtown Airport on Tower Drive. The finished image will measure half the size of a football field. Active-duty military personnel in uniform, military veterans sporting apparel with their branch of service, and members of the public are invited to attend at no charge.
“One of the pillars of philanthropy at Carolina Handling is supporting military veterans, and we’re extremely proud that 13% of our associates served in the US Armed Forces,” said Carolina Handling President & CEO Brent Hillabrand, “Hosting an event like The Patriotic Pallet Project allows us to recognise veterans and active-duty military personnel in our service area, and to raise awareness about career opportunities at Carolina Handling that offer a meaningful military-to-civilian transition.”