PPG supports SkillsUSA with $10,000 donation

Photo: Clay Allen, photographer for SkillsUSA
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, July 15, 2008 –
The automotive refinish business of PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) has donated $10,000 to SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled-service occupations. The organization acts as a link between education and industry, helping students excel in their chosen fields and qualify for jobs in the real world. More than 300,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually.

The PPG donation supported the 2008 National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., June 25-26. The national competition involved more than 5,000 students participating in 91 hands-on skill and leadership contests including collision repair technology and, for the first time, automotive refinishing. Each SkillsUSA Championships contestant is a state-level gold medalist.

“We appreciate the continuing support we receive from PPG,” said Tom Holdsworth, SkillsUSA director of communications. “They have been instrumental in our automotive collision program, and this year they played an important part in creating a separate automotive refinishing contest to challenge our students and to match ever-evolving industry needs and expectations. Involvement by prominent industry sponsors such as PPG helps our technical instructors stay on top of developments in refinish technology. They then pass that knowledge on to their students who, in turn, are able to keep up with the industry and acquire the skills they’ll need – and are expected to have – when they enter the work force.”

PPG actively supports SkillsUSA. Its employees and distributors frequently serve as judges at local, state and national SkillsUSA competitions, and PPG personnel have held key positions on SkillsUSA advisory committees and in the SkillsUSA Youth Development Foundation since the organization’s start in 1965.

Bill Troyer, PPG training manager, said, “We’re very pleased to make this donation to SkillsUSA. They help develop well-rounded, motivated young people with the desire to attain the skills and competency levels required to succeed in our industry. This year, with the introduction of the automotive refinishing contest, the skills the students learn and develop will be particularly important for our customers – and the whole industry – down the road.

“We are happy to support SkillsUSA and to participate in their activities and competitions.”

For more about PPG Automotive Refinish, call 800-647-6050 or visit www.ppgrefinish.com.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs to excel by teaching employability skills such as communication, problem solving and leadership in conjunction with their trade, technical and service occupations skills. The association’s annual membership exceeds 300,000 students and instructors in more than 4,000 schools and colleges in every state, three territories and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.skillsusa.org.

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 shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.




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