PPG Milford employees support local schools, organizations

Foundation programs, United Way campaign efforts total nearly $19,000 in donations

Debra Gordon, far left, area director, United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Eastern Area, and Ed Humphrey, far right, Clermont County Commissioner, congratulate Ryan Kingery and Jessica Williamson of PPG Milford on winning the Resource Award from the local United Way.

The PPG Milford Community Care Day 2009 team helped homeowner Bea Baker, in front row wearing blue shirt and black cap, with painting and cleanup work.
MILFORD, Ohio, June 4, 2010 – Employees at PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) packaging coatings technology facility in Milford helped to obtain $5,000 in grants through the PPG Industries Foundation for local schools and organizations in 2009 and 2010, and the foundation has donated $4,000 to The United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Eastern Area in 2010. The employee-requested grants were obtained through foundation programs that recognize PPG employees’ participation in their communities.

Through a program called Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grants, PPG employee Cassandra Tembo requested two $1,000 foundation grants in 2009 to support assembly presentations of Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh’s “Ion Jones and the Lost Castle of Chemistry” program at Butler Technology and Career Development Schools and White Oak Middle 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.

Also in 2009 and 2010, three PPG Milford employees obtained grants for eligible local organizations through the foundation’s Grant Incentives for Volunteerism by PPG Employees and Retirees (GIVE) program, which recognizes employee and retiree volunteerism with annual grants of $500 for an ongoing volunteer relationship or $1,000 for serving on an organization's board of directors. Donald Bolling volunteered with Freestore-Foodbank Inc. of Cincinnati last year, Angela Martin volunteered with the Moeller High School Boxing Team in Cincinnati in 2009 and served on the board of A Kid Again in Cincinnati in 2010, and Robert Janzen served on the board of the Milford Youth Baseball Association last year.

Additionally, the PPG Industries Foundation donated $4,000 this year to the United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Eastern Area. In 2009, PPG Milford was one of the Top 100 corporate campaign contributors to the local United Way with 10-500 local employees, with a total pledge of $10,763 from participation by more than 70 percent of employees. Also, 18 PPG Milford employees participated in a Community Care Day project in 2009 to provide painting, yard and gutter cleanup, tree trimming, and car washing services to a local senior homeowner. These efforts earned the facility the United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Eastern Area’s Resource Award for 2009, recognizing an individual or organization that has contributed significantly to the local United Way’s success through time, money, advocacy or in-kind contributions.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Shawn Peck, PPG general manager, packaging coatings, for the United States and Canada, based at the Milford facility. “We are proud that our employees participate in the PPG Industries Foundation’s employee programs to actively assist local public schools and nonprofit organizations where they have an interest. Additionally, we are proud to help the United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Eastern Area in its efforts to improve the lives of the people of Brown and Clermont Counties.”

The Milford facility is PPG’s North American headquarters for its packaging coatings business and includes research, customer service, human resources, supply chain, technical service, marketing, finance, business process and management functions.

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