PPG Aerospace Unit Partners with Eldorado Chemical to provide Aerospace Maintenance Chemicals


TROY, Mich., March 16, 2005 – PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto, the aerospace unit of PPG Industries, recently signed a seven-year global distribution agreement with Indianapolis-based Eldorado Chemical Company, Inc. (dba Eldorado Solutions) to be a distributor of its aerospace maintenance chemicals. As part of the agreement – effective as of March 1 – PPG will be the exclusive distributor to certain key Eldorado aerospace customers in North America.

PPG Aerospace will use its global network of 16 application support centers to distribute the Eldorado products, enabling PPG Aerospace to provide customers around the world with on-site representation and technical service.

Under the agreement, PPG Aerospace will partner with PPG Total Service Solutions – a PPG business that provides manufacturers with a comprehensive range of products and services for the coatings application process and related chemical management – who will manage the Eldorado chemical product line and develop service related programs that will complement the products.

"Eldorado's products have repeatedly been given the seal of approval by their customers for quality and innovation," said David Morris, vice president, PPG Aerospace. "This agreement will bring together two leading aerospace suppliers, enabling us to offer our aerospace customers a broader range of products and services."

The Eldorado products that will be distributed by PPG Aerospace include coating and sealant removers, interior and exterior cleaners, solvents, conversion coatings and aircraft engine overhaul cleaners.

We are excited about the ability to service our world-wide customers more effectively," said Ted Schenberg, CEO of Eldorado Solutions. "PPG's reputation as an industry leader makes them the perfect global partner."

For more than three decades, Eldorado has been a pioneer in the aerospace specialty chemical field. Its core expertise is developing special chemical compounds and processes for the aerospace industry. Its customers include the United States military, most of the world's major commercial airlines, original equipment manufacturers, hundreds of aircraft maintenance facilities, fixed-based operators and regional airlines around the globe.

PPG Aerospace is the aerospace coatings, sealants and transparencies business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is a leading global supplier of aerospace coatings, aerospace sealants, and packaging and application systems. It produces aerospace sealants and packaging and application systems at Glendale, Calif., U.S.A.; aerospace sealants and coatings at Mojave, Calif., U.S.A., and Shildon, England; and aerospace coatings at Gonfreville, France. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world's largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies, manufactured at its Huntsville, Ala., U.S.A., plant and by PPG Aerospace, Ampaspace, a PPG Industries subsidiary, at Casaletto Vaprio, Italy, near Milan.

PPG Total Service Solutions – based in Troy, Mich. – is a leader in providing manufacturers with a cost-effective structured management program that assists in the implementation of a global standard for service.

Pittsburgh-based PPG is the world's leading manufacturer of transportation coatings and a global supplier of industrial and packaging coatings, and a leading producer of architectural coatings, primarily in North America. In addition, PPG manufactures flat and fabricated glass, continuous-strand fiber glass and chemicals. Sales were US$9.5 billion in 2004.


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