Pierce's Painting Party

Pierce's Painting Party

Environment Project | Praxair Surface Technologies – Concord, NH

At the conclusion of its 2012 Safety Commitment Program, employees at PST’s facility in Concord, NH, spent a day restoring the wrought iron fencing around the Old North Cemetery and President Franklin Pierce’s gravesite. The group had previously met with the city of Concord to identify potential projects and, after careful analysis, chose this restoration project because it was a good fit with the PST employees’ abilities. After a careful study of restoration techniques, the team repaired the foundation, replaced posts and painted the fence. PST also used this project to underscore the importance of Praxair core values, including safety, planning and operational discipline. The work on this national historic site was completed over a three-month period, and PST had 100% employee involvement with this project.

The Need

The city of Concord identified the fence restoration as a civic need within the community.

Making our Planet More Productive…

by encouraging employee involvement in the local community, beautifying the area, and increasing employees’ community and national pride.

Volunteer Reported Benefits


  • Involved 75 employees
  • Contributed 500 hours


  • Developed safety awareness skills
  • Increased managerial effectiveness


  • Strengthened company’s reputation 

“This is a textbook example of how a volunteer project should be run. I’ve never worked with a better group of people in my entire working career with the city of Concord. On behalf of the city, thank you all.”

Chris Jacques City Grounds and Parks and Recreation Director