PPG donates $15,000 to Gettysburg Foundation
Funding supports development of museum, educational outreachCARLISLE, Pa., June 14, 2007 –
PPG Industries Foundation has pledged $15,000 to the Gettysburg Foundation to help fund educational elements of a new museum that will present the lessons of the Civil War both on and off site.
“We are very pleased to receive support from PPG for the Campaign to Preserve Gettysburg,” said Robert C. Wilburn, president of the Gettysburg Foundation. “This funding will help Gettysburg National Military Park to accomplish its critical preservation goals of caring for its enormous collection of archival items; caring for the one-of-a-kind Gettysburg Cyclorama painting; rehabilitating the battlefield, including visitor facilities and parking lots; and providing visitors with a better understanding of the Battle of Gettysburg and what it means to the nation.”
The Gettysburg Foundation has secured more than $93 million in funding to date toward its $125 million goal for the Campaign to Preserve Gettysburg, and Wilburn said construction of the new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park remains on schedule for a spring 2008 opening.
Tom Abbas, plant manager for PPG’s automotive glass manufacturing facility in Carlisle, said, “PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live. We are proud to support the Gettysburg Foundation in its efforts to preserve both this historic site and the lessons of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg.”About the Gettysburg Foundation
The Gettysburg Foundation is a private, nonprofit educational organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. For more information about the Foundation, the Friends of Gettysburg and the Campaign to Preserve Gettysburg, call 866-889-1243 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org
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