Duron Inc., in Beltsville, MD, announced that it will donate one percent of all sales proceeds from the company's fall Pro Shows to the American Red Cross. Residential wallcovering manufacturer and distributor Imperial Home Decor Group Inc. created a new collection entitled "Spirit of America," as well as a new Instant Stencils "USA Stars and Stripes" accessory package with patriotic themes. The collection consists of a variety of traditional American Folk Art borders and sidewalls, including prints, stripes, and solids of reds, whites, and blues; along with borders with hearts, stars, flags, and scenes of Americana. A portion of the proceeds from the new offerings will go to the American Red Cross.
As in other industries, the offering of aid was not confined to domestic organizations Global coatings leader Akzo Nobel, headquartered in the Netherlands, announced that it would establish a $1 million charitable fund to support families of victims and assist emergency aid efforts. Akzo also invited its U.S. based companies to establish their own aid plans. Chairman Cees van Lede called on "all our employees worldwide in this difficult hour to squarely stand be-hind our American colleagues and give them comfort wherever possible." Akzo employs approximately 10,000 people in 130 U.S. locations.
BASF Corp., the North American unit of the German-based BASF AG, announced that an employee-driven charitable fund established to assist the families of police, fire and emergency service workers passed the $1 million mark. Although the fund was established in the U.S., it has expanded to include BASF's global operations, with all employee donations matched by the company. BASF selected the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children Benefit Fund (www. nypfwc.org) as the organization to deliver the funds to the beneficiaries. Painting contractors themselves have made their own patriotic statements. In St. Louis, representatives of the St. Louis PDCA Chapter, the Painting and Decorating Foundation of St Louis, and the Painters Local Union No.2 combined to convert a one-acre field near St. Louis International Airport into a giant American flag, using 300 gallons of red, white, and blue paint. Lighted at night, airline passengers will be able to clearly see the tribute on their flight approach paths.