PPG Shelby employees support public schools through foundation program

Grants totaled more than $42,500 for 21 projects in 2009, 23 projects to date in 2010

SHELBY, N.C., May 18, 2010 – The PPG Industries Foundation donated a total of $42,511 to 23 Shelby-area public schools, in 2009 and through May 2010, on behalf of 20 employees at the PPG Industries fiber glass plant here. Through an employee program called Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grants, the corporation’s affiliated foundation approved 44 requests from PPG employees for up to $1,000 each to fund school projects, materials and activities.

Plant Manager Tim Mathis, second from right, recognized employees at the PPG Industries fiber glass manufacturing facility in Shelby who, through a PPG Industries Foundation employee program, got more than $42,500 in grant funding for local public school initiatives in 2009 and to date in 2010. Some of the employees who had grant requests approved are, from left, Rita Haynes, Donna Hill, Marie Harrill, Davey Jones, Pat Tessneer, Dennis Bumgardner, Jimmy Bradley, Scott Franklin, Dennis McKee, Susan Schmid, Roy Daman and, at far right, Susan Wood.
The following schools in the Shelby area benefited from PPG PELC grants in 2009 and 2010:

  • Bethware Elementary School
  • Boiling Springs Elementary School
  • Burns Middle School
  • Casar Elementary School
  • Chase Middle School
  • Chase High School
  • Cherryville Elementary School
  • Cherryville High School
  • Crest Middle School
  • Ellenboro Elementary School
  • Fallston Elementary
  • Grover Elementary School
  • James Love Elementary School
  • John Chavis Middle School
  • North Shelby School
  • Rutherford Opportunity Center
  • Shelby High School
  • Shelby Middle School
  • Spindale Elementary School
  • Springmore Elementary School
  • Sunshine Elementary School
  • Township Three Elementary School
  • Union Elementary School

Any PPG employee may sponsor up to three PELC grant requests annually, to support projects meeting program requirements at public schools where they are involved. Grants obtained through PPG employees in 2009 and through May 2010 supported Shelby-area schools with Biltmore Estate, Discovery Place, Lazy 5 Ranch and Ripley’s Aquarium field trips; assemblies on All About Weather and Simple Machines; enhancement programs for art, math, reading and science education; Junior Achievement; an academic awards banquet; hands-on learning tools and experiences; and many more unique educational initiatives.

“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. “We are proud that our employees participate in the PPG Industries Foundation’s PELC program to actively assist the public schools where their children learn, their neighbors teach, and their communities develop. It is an honor to enable educators to transform their ideas into real classroom activities with help from PPG funding.”

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 PPG
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications