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Radnor Twp. New Fire Engine Shines Bright Thanks to Delaware's own PPG Team

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio –July 2, 2010 – The 30-man volunteer fire department of Radnor, Ohio has added a new state-of-the-art fire engine to its fleet. Coincidentally, its bright, fire engine red and white finish was created with coatings manufactured right in Delaware, Ohio at PPG’s Automotive Refinish Coatings plant where two of the department’s volunteer firemen work their regular jobs.

Volunteers Randy and Gary Butts have put in 32 and 28 years respectively with PPG helping support a line of premium fleet coatings recognized for their quality, toughness and versatility. Randy is part of the refinish team developing undercoats, sealers, cleaners and primers that help protect commercial vehicles. He is also the department’s fire chief. Gary is the manager of the Commercial Coatings color lab generating colors for fleet coatings.

The fire engine, sold thru Warren Fire Equipment, Inc., was manufactured by Kovatch Mobile Equipment Fire Apparatus (KME) of Nesquehoning, PA., a longtime PPG Commercial Coatings customer. With the delivery of the new engine, Randy and Gary have been able to literally see their work product in action.

“We knew KME was a PPG customer,” adds Gary. “It’s nice knowing our new engine is protected with the same PPG products we actually help support and develop.”

“It feels good knowing your work applies to the real world,” says Randy. “This fire engine is a great example of seeing the ‘fruits of your labor’.”

The engine, a rescue-style 2010 KME Predator custom chassis with a 6-man cab and Challenger flatback body, is protected with PPG’s Delta® polyurethane paint system which provides a lustrous and long-lasting finish. The vehicle features a 12” raised cab roof, 425-hp Cummins diesel engine, Allison 5-speed automatic transmission, HALE Q-Max 1500 GPM single-stage pump, HALE Foamlogix electronic control system with 30 gallons of Class A foam and an ONAN 10,000-watt hydraulic generator. A 1,000-gallon water tank and 3,300’ of hose are also on board.

The fire engine joins a departmental fleet of two engines, a tanker and two pickup trucks. The new addition was ordered in September, 2009 and delivered eight months later. It was introduced to local residents at the township’s Memorial Day parade and then went into service. The truck was also displayed at the PPG Delaware plant on Wednesday, June 30, giving employees the chance for a close look at the engine.

By working at PPG and volunteering as firefighters, Randy and Gary are carrying on a family tradition. Their father, the late Charles Butts, was a 30-year PPG employee until his retirement 10 years ago. Their brother Greg is also a volunteer firefighter.

PPG’s Commercial Coatings group offers a full range of coating technologies for the commercial transportation and light industrial markets, including; polyurethanes, alkyds, epoxies, polyurea, waterborne, pre-treatment chemicals and powder coatings. PPG Commercial Coatings products are marketed under several brand names, including Delfleet® Evolution, Delfleet Essential®, Commercial Performance Coatings and Amercoat®.

For more information about PPG Commercial Coatings, call 800/647-6050 or visit www.ppgcommercialcoatings.com.

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PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.