Company Completes World's Largest Pallet Painting


Southeast material handling solution provider Carolina Handling, in partnership with pallet provider 48forty Solutions, has recently completed what has been dubbed the world's largest pallet painting.

Just in time for today’s patriotic holiday, 2,500 pallets totaling 26,235 square feet have been coated and assembled in a grid to form a portrait of Lady Liberty.

Owned by The Raymond Corporation, Carolina Handling is a military-minded organization where 13% of its associates served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans’ services are also noted to be a focus area of the company's philanthropic giving.

“Considering our history and our focus on hiring and supporting military veterans, we landed on a project that was patriotic in nature and one that would involve our veterans and honor their service,” said Carolina Handling Director of Marketing Donna Waldrep.

About the Project

A video released earlier this week revealed behind-the-scenes work on The Patriotic Pallet Project. In the video, viewers could watch as crews applied a combination of Glidden and Behr paints to the wooden pallets.

While there hasn’t been a formal press release issued on the project, it is possible that other coatings brands may have also been used.

Sixteen different colors were reportedly utilized to create the pixel-like portrait of Lady Liberty, which took four hours to paint. Afterward, Raymond lift trucks moved and delivered the coated pallets to form the image.

“We realize that what we do every day is probably not that exciting to those outside our industry,” said Waldrep. “But we believed that if we could come up with something grand enough for those who don't work in material handling to take notice, then we could generate excitement about jobs in material handling and careers at Carolina Handling while honoring the service and sacrifice of our military veterans.”

Representatives of 48forty Solutions shared with reporters that they were also grateful to be a part of the project and to showcase their industry in a way that recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. veterans.

“We were honored to have representatives of 48forty, many of whom are veterans themselves, on hand for the assembly and unveiling of the massive and impressive image of Lady Liberty,” said 48forty Solutions CEO Mike Hachtman. “As the nation's largest pallet company, the project allowed us to take what we do and apply it to a great cause – a showing of gratitude and support for our military.”

Of those involved with the project, notable representatives from the five branches of the military included:

  • Representing the United States Army, serving eight years in the Army, and four years with Carolina Handling, Rental Shop Technician – Clint Hudnall;
  • Representing the United States Navy, serving six years in the Navy, and 15 years with Carolina Handling, Key Account Manager – David “Hitch” Hitchens;
  • Representing the United States Coast Guard, serving seven years in the Coast Guard, and three years with Carolina Handling, Sales Manager – Andy Donnon;
  • Representing the United States Air Force, serving six years in the Air Force, and 19 years with Carolina Handling, Field Service Team Leader – John Contreras; and
  • Representing the United States Marines, serving two active years and 10 reserve years in the Marines, and 15 years with Carolina Handling, SC/NC Service Manager – Harold Posey.

Other Carolina Handling Associates that contributed to the world record:

  • LP Drivers - Josh Ruiz, Sean Brock, David Garcia-Reyes;
  • Directors - Harman Rutledge, Steve Levi, John Farmer, Thomas Lohr, Tucker Vaughn, Katie Yates;
  • Stackers - Gary Kokay, Jody Durham, Max Ford, Kevin Burgess, Damian Moore, Matthew McAlister, Ethan Paul, Evan Reeves, Roger Conrad, Quinn Lentz;
  • Painters - Kelly Cornell, Blake Thornsberry, Jordan Lacy, Cam Joye, Buzz Wallace, Chad England, Phil Aardsma;
  • Truck Drivers - David Lohr, Charles Cauthen; and
  • Marketing - Donna Waldrep, Daniel Lyles, Kathy Vass, Nicole Gestwick.

A Veteran’s Day video has since been released of the project and can be viewed here.

“When you consider the size and scope of this project, it's amazing that we executed it flawlessly without a practice run,” Waldrep concluded. “It's a testament to our associates who were committed to a quality outcome. It became a passion project for them, and they crushed it.”


Tagged categories: Artists; Behr Paint; Color + Design; Decorative painting; Glidden; Murals; NA; North America; Projects - Commercial; Wood

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