PPG supports Destination Cleveland County with involvement, $17,000 donation

Former PPG Shelby plant managers Scruggs, Mathis promote DCC efforts

At the urging of J.T. Scruggs, left, a PPG Industries retiree and former plant manager of the company’s fiber glass manufacturing facility in Shelby, the PPG Industries Foundation donated $17,000 to Destination Cleveland County to support the Rhythm & Roots capital campaign and its marquis projects, the Don Gibson Theatre and the Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories of the Carolina Foothills. Here, Scruggs accepts a PPG Industries Foundation check on behalf of Destination Cleveland County from Tim Mathis, then the plant manager at PPG Shelby, with whom Scruggs worked closely at PPG and who recently relocated to the Pittsburgh area as director of strategic operations for PPG’s overall fiber glass business.
SHELBY, N.C., Nov. 29, 2010 – On Friday, Dec. 3, former PPG Industries Plant Manager J.T. Scruggs will take part in “quite a bit of dialogue and pickin’” with his uncle and country music legend, Earl Scruggs, and other family members during the “Earl Scruggs Family Reunion: Music & Stories” show at the Don Gibson Theatre in Downtown Shelby. It will also provide him with an opportunity to enjoy a project made possible by his work with Destination Cleveland County and, in part, by his former "family" at PPG.

The PPG Industries Foundation donated $17,000 to Destination Cleveland County to support the Rhythm & Roots capital campaign and its marquis projects, the Don Gibson Theatre and the Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories of the Carolina Foothills, partially because of Scruggs’s relationship with both organizations. He began working at the company’s Shelby fiber glass manufacturing plant when he was 19 years old and retired in 2005 after serving as manager of the plant, PPG’s largest fiber glass facility in North America. Scruggs was succeeded as plant manager by Tim Mathis, who had started working at PPG Shelby with Scruggs decades earlier as an engineer.

Scruggs was still with PPG when he began working with community leaders to help create Destination Cleveland County and devise the plan for the Rhythm & Roots capital campaign and projects to celebrate Don Gibson’s and his uncle’s local roots. In 2004, when Mathis succeeded Scruggs as plant manager, he also became the local agent for the PPG Industries Foundation.

“PPG has always been a strong corporate citizen in Shelby, and I knew the foundation and Tim would both want to help with this project,” Scruggs said. “Tim worked on the planning committee and made personal contributions, and we were very pleased to get the PPG foundation’s $17,000 grant. It’s a good company, and I’m glad I got to be part of it for more than 40 years.”

Mathis, who recently relocated from Shelby to Pittsburgh as director of strategic operations for PPG’s overall fiber glass business, said, “It was great to work with J.T. and Destination Cleveland County on these projects. The theatre is already engaging the community, and the Earl Scruggs Center will help to expand the region’s educational resources.”

The sold-out “Earl Scruggs Family Reunion: Music & Stories” show was planned in conjunction with the New Harmonies exhibit at the Don Gibson Theatre through Dec. 29. New Harmonies, which is part of the Museum on Main Street partnership program of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the North Carolina Humanities Council, showcases the ongoing cultural process that has made America the birthplace of musical styles from jazz and blues to folk and gospel. Its interactive displays feature familiar songs and instruments and show how religion, technology and other forces played a part in the continuity of musical roots. Scruggs said more than 2,100 local students are scheduled to see the exhibit and a live roots music performance while it’s in Shelby, and more than 200 volunteers are helping to make those performances possible.

"We are very pleased to have J.T. and PPG involved in the Rhythm & Roots campaign," said Brownie Plaster, board chair, Destination Cleveland County. "The campaign is well on its way to its $10 million goal, with help from PPG and many other organizations and individuals. We are thrilled that the Don Gibson Theatre and Earl Scruggs Center will provide lasting tributes to these talented men, born and reared in Cleveland County, whose influence is recognized in the Country Music Hall of Fame."

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 Destination Cleveland County
Destination Cleveland County, Inc., is a nonprofit organization of passionate citizens with a goal of revitalizing the community by making it a dynamic destination for heritage tourists. Its mission is to unite the county’s history, heritage, culture and arts to create a vibrant economy while embracing the future and preserving the past. The authentic charm and heritage of the area reflect community pride and provide a dynamic destination for visitors.

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