Hattiesburg-based Southern Diversified Products
will give away $150,000 worth of ‘eco-friendly’ paint on Dec.
11 to victims of Hurricane Katrina
HATTIESBURG -- American Pride, an environmentally friendly
paint developed by researchers at the University of Southern
Mississippi, is being made available for free to people in the
Gulf Coast region recovering from Hurricane Katrina.
Five thousand gallons of American Pride, valued at $150,000,
are being donated by Southern Diversified Products (SDP) to
home owners this weekend at First Baptist Church in Biloxi.
Home owners can pick up the paint, available for interior walls
only, between noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at First Baptist,
located at 1560 Popps Ferry Rd.
“Southern Diversified Products is committed to a high level
of corporate citizenship, and we feel like this is something
we can do to help the people of south Mississippi in an urgent
time of need,” SDP Executive Director Rocky Prior said.
Created by the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials
at Southern Miss, American Pride paint contains no hazardous
organic compounds and emits almost no odor, making it highly
suited for occupied areas. American Pride is available in a
variety of popular pre-tinted colors and sheens and is sold
at paint outlets throughout south Mississippi and the rest of
Southern Diversified Paints was founded under the Mississippi
University Research Authority by Dr. Shelby Thames before he
became the current president of Southern Miss. Dr. Thames’ research
group has focused for many years on the use of agricultural
materials such as castor and soy oil to replace crude oil in
a variety of applications.
“At a time when resources are scarce and many victims of Hurricane
Katrina are still in need of assistance, this is another way
Southern Miss can help Gulf Coast residents recover from the
storm,” Dr. Thames said.
Since its inception at Southern Miss in 1999, SDP has successfully
commercialized a complete line of high-performance, environmentally
friendly interior wall paints under the American Pride trade
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is
a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling
its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering
individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition
of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating
a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural
enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern
Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus
and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast;
further information is found at www.usm.edu.
For more information about American Pride paint, contact Rocky
Prior at 601.264-0042.
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