PPG Cleveland employees support local organizations

PPG Industries Foundation donates $45,000 total for 73 employee requests

These PPG Cleveland employees volunteer and got grants for the Inner City Soccer Team in Akron (from left): Oladele Olabisi, Steve Krauser, Brian Kelly, Len Kurzynski, Marcella Avery, Paul Bosela, Sheri Hughes, Keith McLaren and Ricky Brown. Missing from the photo are Joseph Golden and Daniel Senko.

These PPG Cleveland employees volunteer and got grants for the St. Augustine Health Manor in Cleveland (from left): Rick Einwald, Joe Dailey, John Whitely, Nancy Florio and Veronica Levoy.
CLEVELAND, June 24, 2010 – Employees at PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) automotive coatings plant in Cleveland helped to obtain $45,000 in grants through the PPG Industries Foundation for local organizations where they volunteered in 2009 and to date in 2010. The employee-requested grants were obtained through a foundation program called Grant Incentives for Volunteerism by PPG Employees and Retirees (GIVE), 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.

In 2009 and to date in 2010, 55 PPG Cleveland employees obtained 73 grants for eligible local organizations where they volunteer. Recipient organizations include:

  • Inner City Soccer Team in Akron
  • St. Augustine Health Manor in Cleveland
  • Local Boy Scouts of America troops
  • Glenville High School in Cleveland
  • Freely Freely Inc. in Avon
  • Donauschwabens German American Cultural Center in Olmsted Township
  • Local youth hockey and wrestling associations and booster clubs
  • Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Rich Bauer, operations director, Americas, PPG Automotive Coatings, located at the Cleveland manufacturing facility. “We are very proud that our employees actively assist local nonprofit organizations and participate in the PPG Industries Foundation’s employee programs to help provide financial support where they have an interest. It’s a great opportunity for us to give back to the Cleveland community in ways that are personally significant to employees.”

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