Axalta Coating Systems Donates Liquid Coatings to Haitian Hurricane Relief Effort

Donations will assist woodworking company with repairing Haitian homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew.

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Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, donated a 20-ton container of liquid coatings to help rebuild homes in Haitian villages devastated by Hurricane Matthew. The shipment, which is equivalent to 3,602 gallons of paint and valued at $33,000, arrived in Haiti this week, and was received by Maxima S.A., a Haiti-based woodworking company. The donation will cover more than 1.4 million square feet of surface area.

“Haiti is one of the most vulnerable nations in the world in the face of natural disasters, including most recently Hurricane Matthew, which has left families and whole communities devastated,” says Michael Cash, Axalta Senior Vice President, and President of the company’s industrial coatings business. “We are very fortunate that the products we make every day can, in some small way, help the families and communities in Haiti recover.”

Maxima S.A. delivers starter homes to rural Haitian families suffering from natural disasters including the 2010 earthquake and now those affected by the recent damage from Hurricane Matthew in October. A single housing kit covers 250 square feet, is hurricane-certified to withstand 108 mph winds, and has been tested and approved in Haiti. The coatings donation from Axalta will be used to cover the exterior of 5,600 Maxima starter homes.

The 20-foot container of coatings was coordinated and shipped from Miami, Fla. by FAMIS, Inc., the industrial finishing supply distributor throughout the southeast. Various colors of solvent-based anti-corrosive and decorative coatings, water-based decorative paint, water-based sealer and fast dry alkyd paint were shipped to help the reconstruction of Haitian villages.

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