PPG donates $4,300 to Louisville Science Center for June glass program

Funding supports bringing education show from Pittsburgh to coincide with GAS 2010

 
This van, which features various PPG products, will carry an educational outreach program called "Fractured Physics" from Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh to the Louisville Science Center for a limited engagement, June 10-12. PPG Industries Foundation has donated $4,000 and PPG Porter Paints has donated $300 to enable the program's visit to Louisville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 7, 2010 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $4,000 and PPG Porter Paints has donated $300 to support bringing the "Fractured Physics" educational outreach program to the Louisville Science Center, June 10-12, to coincide with GAS 2010, the 40th Annual International Glass Art Society Conference in Louisville. Created by Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, through a partnership with PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) and the PPG Industries Foundation, this science show demonstrates how glass is made, what makes it strong, and how it is adapted for various uses and applications.

"We are very pleased to have received support from the foundation and PPG Porter Paints to bring ‘Fractured Physics’ to the center during the GAS 2010 conference in Louisville," said Joanna E. Haas, executive director, Louisville Science Center. "We believe the show and the hands-on activities accompanying it will help us to engage visitors in learning about the science and technology behind glass in a fun, relevant and participatory way."

The “Fractured Physics” show teaches participants about glass in an entertaining format that includes various live experiments as well as video segments, some of which feature PPG glass scientists discussing glassmaking and various properties of glass. Accompanying the show is a series of hands-on activities that explore force, motion and the physical properties of glass and plastics.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Tom Maziarz, general manager of PPG Porter Paints, based at the brand’s headquarters in Louisville. “We are proud to help the Louisville Science Center connect its science and technology education for all ages with the celebration of glass in Louisville by enabling it to bring the ‘Fractured Physics’ program to town. We hope many visitors to the science center during the show’s run can participate in this unique teaching experience created with help from PPG.”

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 Louisville Science Center
The Louisville Science Center is a nonprofit educational institution that encourages people of all ages to enjoy science, mathematics and technology in a stimulating and engaging environment that is educational as well as entertaining. Designated the “State Science Center of Kentucky” by the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly, the Louisville Science Center features interactive exhibits and engaging programs for children, families and adults. The Louisville Science Center is committed to growing a scientifically literate community that investigates, questions and challenges. For more information, visit www.LouisvilleScience.org.

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.

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Contact:
K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications
412-434-2445
kmccrory@ppg.com

Danielle Waller
Louisville Science Center
502-930-0784

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