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PPG Opens New Training Center in Northern California

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – June 17, 2008 – PPG Refinish has opened a state-of-the-art business development facility in Concord, California to serve collision centers in the Northern California region. This is PPG’s second such facility in the important California market. A development center located in Rancho Cucamonga has been in operation for several years.

The spacious new center encompasses 4,680 square feet and is the only paint supplier-operated, fixed-location facility in Northern California. Said Mark Juell, PPG senior regional manager, “We wanted to deliver on a promise we made to our customers to provide the very best refinish solutions. Whether they are seeking the right person, product, process, or place, PPG Refinish has the complete package. When we began planning for the coming waterborne change three years ago, we identified four key elements to success: our people, our products, the process we use to convert our customers, and a base from which we could train them. This is that base.”

According to Marlon Medina, senior technical instructor, this new facility will primarily focus on training and support for PPG’s Envirobase® High Performance and Nexa® Autocolor Aquabase® Plus waterborne basecoat systems. PPG felt waterborne training and support are key with the new VOC regulations soon taking effect for Northern California. The new center will also offer PPG’s fleet and industrial coatings training.

The center gives PPG customers the opportunity to learn about waterborne paint systems in a hands-on, “real world” environment, The facility is equipped to replicate a typical collision center, upgraded with the latest equipment for optimizing the process time of waterborne basecoat.

Bill Troyer, PPG training manager added, “As the market moves from traditional solvent-based coatings to waterborne basecoat it represents a new ballgame for shop owners and technicians. Waterborne requires different equipment and application techniques, so it’s important that our customers be properly prepared and trained.”

A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for June 24 at the new facility. Visitors will be able to tour the operation and take advantage of informative waterborne technology presentations and demonstrations of the latest products and equipment. PPG expert trainers, commercial and territory managers and PPG support staff will be on hand to answer any questions. In addition, visitors can participate in raffle give-aways and see show cars on display. Refreshments will be provided.

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Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG’s sales in 2007 were $11.2 billion. SigmaKalon, a worldwide coatings producer based in Uithoorn, Netherlands, that PPG acquired Jan. 2, 2008, had 2007 sales of $2.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.