PPG Coatings Innovation Center employees support schools through foundation

Grants totaled nearly $17,000 for 18 requests to date in 2010

The PPG Industries Foundation has approved, through a program for PPG Industries employees, 18 grants totaling $16,741 to date in 2010 to fund school projects, materials and activities for eight public schools where employees of PPG's Coatings Technology Center in Allison Park, Pa., are actively involved. Grants were requested by employees such as, from left, Christina Winters, Carol Boggs, Lisa Perrine, Lisa Stone, Ruth Gronsky and Sue Shemanski. Missing from the photo are Steve Perrine and Steve Valasek.
ALLISON PARK, Pa., Nov. 23, 2010 – To date in 2010, the PPG Industries Foundation has pledged grants totaling $16,741 to eight local public schools on behalf of eight employees at the PPG Industries Coatings Innovation Center in Allison Park, Pa. Through an employee program called Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grants, the corporation’s affiliated foundation approved 18 requests from PPG employees for up to $1,000 each to fund school projects, materials and activities.

The following local schools are benefiting from Allison Park PPG employees’ PELC grant requests to date in 2010:

  • Burchfield Primary School
  • Carrick High School
  • Deer Lakes Middle School
  • Freeport Junior High School
  • Norwin High School
  • Shaler Area Elementary School
  • Springdale Junior/Senior High School
  • Stewartsville 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 Coatings Innovation Center employees to date in 2010 supported schools with field trips to Benedum Center for a Junie B. Jones musical performance, Carnegie Music Hall, Carnegie Science Center, Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, Heinz Hall for a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performance, Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, and St. Nicholas Church. Other supported projects included a Formula One Technology Challenge, Zoomobile outreach, and programs focusing on reading, science, music and physical education.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Chuck Kahle, PPG chief technology officer and vice president, coatings research and development. “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