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PPG Helps Freightliner Dealer R.R. Charlebois Think Pink...and Green

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – October 11, 2010 – PPG recently played a key role in helping Freightliner truck dealer Ron Charlebois to display one of his customer’s support for cancer research. Charlebois, owner of R.R. Charlebois, Inc., an environmentally conscious sales and repair facility in Milton, VT, was asked by the Myers Container Service, a local waste removal company, to paint one of its large trash haulers pink – the color associated with the fight against cancer. Charlebois quickly agreed and turned to PPG Delfleet® Evolution coatings products to provide the appropriate color and finish for the truck.

“We’ve got a brand-new shop and the capacity to paint huge trucks,” said Charlebois. “Our customer wanted to show his commitment to fighting cancer and we have the capability, desire and PPG paint to make that happen. I’m proud of what the pink paint represents and I’m pleased with the quality of the paint itself. We’ve always thought of ourselves as being a green shop, now we’re also thinking pink.”

A long-time PPG paint system user, Charlebois achieved the gleaming pink finish using the Delfleet® Evolution premium paint system from PPG Commercial Coatings. Painter Dana Murphy applied FBCH HS Basecoat and FDGH HS Single-Stage to give the truck its distinctive coat. Said Murphy, “Delfleet Evolution gave us the color we wanted. We’ve gotten nothing but positive comments about the look of the truck. In fact, that paint job made such an impression that another customer also requested a pink finish for a motor coach to show his support for cancer research.”

Charlebois’ state-of-the-art, 67,000-sq.-ft. facility displays a commitment to social responsibility that goes beyond painting trucks pink. Shop manager Aaron Stone supervises an operation focused on efficiency and recycling. The building is designed to catch rain water coming off the roof. The rain is directed into a holding tank and the reclaimed water is used to wash trucks. The building is a model of efficiency. Computer-controlled lighting with foot-candle sensors monitor light levels and adjust interior light as needed. A heat recovery unit is also in place and the radiant floor heating system delivers more evenly distributed warmth to the building. In addition, an air filtration system cleans and recycles air every 15 minutes.

“We have a responsibility to our customers, our employees and our community,” says Stone. “We do all we can to make our shop green and productive.”

“They’re a first-class organization in everything they do,” says Mike Stevens, director, Paint & Body Division, Bond Auto Parts, a PPG Platinum Distributor. “We’ve been working with Charlebois for 20 years and we’re extremely proud to be involved with a business that’s willing to invest its own resources to make an important statement. They’re committed and we support them all the way.”

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.