Knieper receives 2008 PPG/ASE Master Refinish Technician of Year Award

Pictured from left to right: Joe Torchiana, ASE board chairman; Bill Troyer, PPG Automotive Refinish manager of training; award winner Richard Knieper; Tim Zilke, ASE president. Photo courtesy of Peter Jordan Photography, Scottsdale, Ariz.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Dec. 3, 2008 –
PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) automotive refinish business recognized Richard Knieper as PPG/ASE Master Refinish Technician of the Year at ASE’s annual Board of Directors Industry Awards Dinner, Nov. 19 in San Diego. Bill Troyer, PPG Automotive Refinish manager of training, presented the award, which is given annually to the PPG collision center technician earning the highest score on the ASE Painting and Refinish test.

“I am honored to receive this distinguished award,” Knieper said. “ASE tests set the highest bar for service technicians and consultants, and its certifications confirm our knowledge and professional commitment to the automotive business. Also, PPG’s training courses truly provide new depth and insight for the refinish and management side of our business.”

Knieper, of Oceanside, Calif., has been a refinish painter for 23 years, including 18 as an automotive paint and body technician at Security Chevrolet in Vista, Calif. He holds a PPG Master Certification, is an ASE Master Technician, an ASE Collision Repair Estimator and an I-CAR and GM-certified technician. Knieper received his professional training in the MiraCosta College Body Repair and Refinish Business Program in Oceanside and the General Motors Body and Refinish Training Programs in Burbank, Calif.

“Thousands of technicians take the ASE test each year. To be among the highest scoring – let alone receive the highest score – is a remarkable achievement,” Troyer said. “It’s always a pleasure to award a talented individual who is recognized as one of the best in the automotive industry.”

Both PPG and ASE offer technician certification, as well as a wide range of training courses for collision center personnel. For more information on PPG training and business development courses, visit For more information on ASE programs, visit

About ASE
Incorporated on June 12, 1972, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence was established as a non-profit organization to help improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians and parts specialists. Today, there are approximately 400,000 ASE-certified professionals at work in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, machine shops, schools and colleges throughout the country. For more information about ASE, visit the Web site at

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




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