PPG pledges $50,000 to Cleveland County Family YMCA

Annette Toms (left), executive director of the YMCA Girls Club in Shelby, N.C., stands with Shiane Cathcart, a four-year member of the YMCA Girls Club, and Tim Mathis, manufacturing manager, PPG Industries.
Funding supports ‘Strong Foundation, Healthy Community’ campaign

SHELBY, N.C., May 12, 2009
– The PPG Industries Foundation has pledged $50,000 to Cleveland County Family YMCA to support the "Strong Foundation, Healthy Community" campaign that funded construction of the Ruby C. Hunt YMCA facility in Boiling Springs.

"We are very pleased to receive support from PPG for the campaign," said Cameron Corder, CEO, Cleveland County Family YMCA. "The new Ruby C. Hunt YMCA provides us with an opportunity to impact and serve the community through a 30-acre recreational campus that includes a fitness center, a gymnasium, multi-purpose areas, an aerobic center, and outdoor facilities such as a water park, playing fields and picnic areas."

Opened in June 2008 and dedicated last October, the Ruby C. Hunt YMCA in Boiling Springs offers a wide variety of fitness classes and equipment, camps and after-school programs for children and families, and organized league sports for youths. Highlights include the development of an on-site community library, the outdoor Turner Family Aquatic Center and an indoor climbing wall.

Bruce D. Putnam (left), manager, information and financial services, PPG Industries, with Tim Mathis, manufacturing manager, PPG Industries, at the Ruby C. Hunt YMCA.
“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Tim Mathis, plant manager for PPG’s fiber glass manufacturing facility in Shelby and Cleveland County Family YMCA Association Board member. “We urge all our employees to participate in wellness activities, and as a result, about 71 employees are members of local YMCAs, including the new Ruby C. Hunt facility. We are happy to help support the YMCA in growing its service to the Cleveland County community.”

Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employee volunteerism and executives’ involvement with nonprofit organizations.

About Cleveland County Family YMCA
The Cleveland County Family YMCA has served the region since 1992 and continues to expand their network to meet the ever-changing needs of the local community. They have facility branches in Kings Mountain, Shelby and Boiling Springs. It has program Centers called the Girls Club YMCA and the Gardner-Webb Student YMCA. The Y also operates River Bend Golf Course, a result of a gift from Paul and Margaret Porter. Currently, the Cleveland County Family YMCA has 14,000 members and serves over 18,000 individuals, from toddlers to seniors, in their programs. The organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of all people through programs that strengthen spirit, mind and body. Financial assistance is available to all individuals who demonstrate proven need. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.clevecoymca.org or call 704-484-9622.

About PPG

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.



Jeremy Neuhart
PPG Corporate Communications