PPG Natrium employees get $60,112 in grants for local schools, organizations

PPG Industries Foundation donates for 84 requests through employee programs

PPG Natrium employees who got a total of $20,612 in grants for 13 local public schools through the PPG Industries Foundation’s PELC grant program include, from left, Pam Weekley, repairman; Dee Baxter, personnel coordinator; Mark Marshall, electrician; Karen Sapp, secretary to works manager; Dave Dietrich, production manufacturing supervisor; and Pam Bennett, secretary, engineering/environmental. (Missing from the photo is Kathy Clark, utility crew.)
NATRIUM, W.Va., Feb. 11, 2011 – Employees at PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) Natrium chemicals manufacturing plant helped to obtain $60,112 in grants through the PPG Industries Foundation for public schools where they have an interest and local organizations where they volunteered in 2010. The grants were obtained through the Grant Incentives for Volunteerism by PPG Employees and Retirees (GIVE) and the Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grant employee programs of the foundation.

Through the GIVE program, which recognizes employee and retiree volunteer efforts with annual grants of $500 for an ongoing volunteer relationship or $1,000 for serving on an organization's board of directors, PPG Natrium employees obtained 63 grants totaling $39,500 for eligible local organizations where they volunteered in 2010. Recipient organizations include local schools and school groups, community athletics groups, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops, various volunteer fire departments and firefighters' organizations, and groups such as:

  • Free Wheelchair Mission
  • Marshall County Fair
  • Monroe County 4-H Program
  • National Wild Turkey Federation - Middle Island Longbeards
  • Pleasants County Humane Society
  • Riverfront Library Association

Additionally, through the PELC grant program, the PPG Industries Foundation donated a total of $20,612 to 13 Natrium-area public schools in 2010 on behalf of seven employees at the local PPG plant. The foundation approved 21 requests from PPG employees for up to $1,000 each to fund school projects, materials and activities. The following schools in the Natrium area benefited from PPG PELC grants in 2010:

  • Beallsville Elementary School
  • Hannibal Elementary School
  • Lawrence Elementary School
  • Matamoras Elementary School
  • Paden City Elementary School
  • River High School
  • Sardis Elementary School
  • Short Line Elementary School
  • Skyvue Elementary School
  • St. Marys High School
  • Union Local High School
  • Union Local Middle School
  • Valley High 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 Natrium employees in 2010 supported local schools with field trips, assemblies, participation in competitions and conferences, and other educational initiatives.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Jim Rock, plant manager for the PPG Natrium chemicals manufacturing facility. “We are proud that our employees actively support local schools and assist area nonprofit organizations, along with participating 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 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 2010 were $13.4 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