PPG opens new training center in Northern California

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, June 17, 2008 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) automotive refinish business has opened a state-of-the-art business development facility in Concord, Calif., to serve collision centers in Northern California.

The new, 4,680-square-foot center is the only paint supplier-operated, fixed-location facility in Northern California. It is PPG’s second such facility in the state; the other, located in Rancho Cucamonga, has been in operation for several years.

“We wanted to deliver on a promise we made to our customers to provide the very best refinish solutions,” said Mark Juell, PPG senior regional manager. “Whether they are seeking the right person, product, process or place, PPG Refinish has the complete package. When we began planning for the coming waterborne change three years ago, we identified four key elements to success: our people, our products, the process we use to convert our customers, and a base from which we could train them. This is that base.”

According to Marlon Medina, senior technical instructor, the new facility will focus primarily on training and support for Envirobase High Performance and Nexa Autocolor Aquabase Plus waterborne basecoat systems. PPG recognized that waterborne training and support were key with the new volatile organic compound (VOC) regulations taking effect soon in Northern California, he said.

The center gives PPG customers the opportunity to learn about waterborne paint systems in a hands-on, real-world environment. It is equipped to replicate a typical collision center, upgraded with the latest equipment for optimizing the process time of waterborne basecoat. PPG’s training for fleet and industrial coatings will also be offered at the center.

Bill Troyer, PPG training manager, said, “As the market moves from traditional solvent-based coatings to waterborne basecoat, it represents a new ballgame for shop owners and technicians. Waterborne requires different equipment and application techniques, so it’s important that our customers be properly prepared and trained.”

A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for June 24. Visitors can tour the operation and see waterborne technology presentations and demonstrations of the latest products and equipment. PPG’s expert trainers, commercial and territory managers and support staff will be on hand to answer questions. In addition, visitors can participate in raffles and see show cars on display. Refreshments will be provided.

For more about the PPG Concord Business Development Center, call 800-647-6050 or visit the PPG Automotive Refinish Web site at www.ppgrefinish.com.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG’s sales in 2007 were $11.2 billion. SigmaKalon, a worldwide coatings producer based in Uithoorn, Netherlands, that PPG acquired Jan. 2, 2008, had 2007 sales of $2.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.


Aquabase, Envirobase and Nexa Autocolor are trademarks of PPG Industries.




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