PPG Lends Support to SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – May 15, 2008 – PPG Automotive Refinish recently provided professional support to Pennsylvania SkillsUSA for its 2008 auto body and collision skills state competition held at the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center - Willow Street campus. SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization serving high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.
PPG has been a supporter of SkillsUSA for a number of years. PPG employees and distributors regularly act as judges at local, state and national skills competitions. In addition, PPG personnel have held positions on the USA Advisory Board and the SkillsUSA Youth Development Foundation since the organization was founded in 1965.
Rick Fischer, PPG Automotive Refinish territory manager, spearheads PPG’s involvement in Pennsylvania SkillsUSA. According to Fischer, PPG supports SkillsUSA because “We know this organization is dedicated to helping students develop the skills they’ll need to succeed in a career and in life. We also know these students are the future of our industry. We want them to be as well-prepared and knowledgeable as possible.”
Fischer has been active with SkillsUSA since 1991. His commitment and efforts on behalf of the Auto Collision Repair Technology Shop at AVTS in Meadville earned him the Pennsylvania SkillsUSA Business and Industry Leader Award in 2006 as well as a citation from the state Pennsylvania House of Representatives for his industry leadership.
Also active with SkillsUSA is Jim Kvatek, supervising instructor at the PPG Pittsburgh Business Development Center. Kvatek helped judge the autobody and collision competition events.
PPG is committed to maintaining a strong relationship with Crawford County AVTS. Kathi Minut, PPG territory manager, and a member of the SkillsUSA Youth Development Foundation Advisory Board, says, “SkillsUSA and the automotive refinish industry help each other. We always need qualified technicians.
SkillsUSA students are generally self-motivated and very willing to go above and beyond the expected. They’re the kind of people the industry needs. We are happy to support the organization and take part in its events.”
For more information about SkillsUSA, visit www.skillsusa.org.
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.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs to excel by teaching employability skills such as communication, problem solving and leadership in conjunction with their trade, technical and service occupations skills. The association’s annual membership exceeds 300,000 students and instructors in more than 4,000 schools and colleges in every state, three territories and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.skillsusa.org.