Carolina Handling creates world’s largest pallet painting – half the size of a football field.
Carolina Handling created the world’s largest pallet painting when it hosted The Patriotic Pallet Project on Monday, October 10, 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 featured 2,500 painted wooden pallets that, when placed in a grid-like pattern, revealed the image of Lady Liberty.
2,500 wooden pallets used to create largest pallet painting
Carolina Handling associates painted the tops of 2,500 wooden pallets that were used to form the world’s largest pallet painting. The Patriotic Pallet Project was held on Oct. 10 in Greenville, South Carolina, to recognize veterans and active-duty military personnel in Carolina Handling’s Southeastern service area, and to raise awareness about the company’s career opportunities that offer a meaningful military-to-civilian transition.
During September, Carolina Handling associates and partners painted the tops of the pallets using 20 different colors. On October 10, five Carolina Handling associates representing the five branches of the military in which they served, delivered pallets to the assembly site using Raymond lift trucks to form the pallets into the Lady Liberty image.
Assembly of the more than 26,000-square-foot pallet painting took place in the parking lot adjacent to Greenville Downtown Airport on Tower Drive. The finished image measured 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 were invited to attend.
“One of the pillars of philanthropy at Carolina Handling is supporting military veterans, and we’re extremely proud that 13 percent of our associates served in the U.S. Armed Forces,” said Carolina Handling President & CEO Brent Hillabrand, “Hosting an event like The Patriotic Pallet Project allows us to recognize 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.”
“48forty Solutions was honored to donate to The Patriotic Pallet Project, an incredible initiative paying tribute to the heroic veterans within our communities,” added Mike Hachtman, CEO of 48forty Solutions. “We are forever grateful to all veterans for their love for this country and willingness to serve. Our team was excited to provide the pallets for the record-breaking pallet painting, and we thank Carolina Handling for inviting us to participate.”
The Patriotic Pallet Project event at Greenville Downtown Airport ended with a flyover of the completed pallet painting by two T-6 Texans, the vintage World War II training aircraft known as the Pilot Maker. The event included displays of military equipment and artifacts by the Military History Center of the Carolinas and exhibitors, including military Veterans organizations. Food trucks were on site from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The first 250 attendees received a Patriotic Pallet Project t-shirt.