PPG to build new production line for TESLIN printing sheet at Barberton, Ohio

PITTSBURGH, May 15, 2007 – PPG Industries today announced it will build a new production line to support business growth for Teslin synthetic printing sheet at the company’s Barberton, Ohio, facility. It will be the third such line at Barberton. The new unit is expected to begin operation by the third quarter 2008.

“Over the last four years, business for Teslin sheet by PPG has grown significantly,” said Paula Shepard, PPG general manager, silica products. “We anticipate that this trend will continue. We’re seeing greater demand for our specialty printing sheet product in all of our core business segments, including commercial cards, security cards and security documents. This investment in new production capacity underscores our commitment to this business.”

Teslin synthetic printing sheet is a silicas-based product used in laminated cards, specialty print uses, pressure-sensitive labels, tags, drivers’ licenses and other identification applications, banners, maps and menus.

Employment at the site will increase slightly to support and staff the additional production line. Approximately 135 people are currently employed by PPG at its Barberton plant.

“Several locations were evaluated for this project,” said Rich Bauer, PPG Barberton plant manager. “The decision to invest in Barberton is good news for the local economy and a significant achievement for the facility. The Barberton operation has a skilled and talented work force and a demonstrated history of improving productivity, product quality and customer satisfaction.”

“We are pleased that PPG Industries has selected the Barberton facility to increase production of an innovative product that has numerous applications in a variety of industries,” said Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, who also serves as director of the Ohio Department of Development. “The State of Ohio is committed to increasing the competitive position of the state’s manufacturing sectors and partnering with companies like PPG that are growing and creating jobs for our productive work force.”

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company employs more than 30,000 people and has 125 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 20 countries. Sales in 2006 were $11 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York and Philadelphia stock exchanges (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Teslin is a trademark of PPG Industries.




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