PPG Lake Charles employees get $45,500 for organizations where they volunteer

PPG Industries Foundation donates for 69 requests through employee program

PPG Lake Charles employees who helped to get support through the GIVE program of the PPG Industries Foundation for the Southwest Louisiana Firefighters Association included, from left, Rusty Burt, PHH operations supervisor; David Ardoin, PHH lead operator; Gerred Hooper, silica maintenance supervisor; Cheri Ardoin, silica production supervisor; and John Floyd, shift safety security supervisor. Missing from the photo are Amadia Guidry, Steven Hedrick, Angela Neugent, Ryan Simon and PPG retiree James Peyton.
LAKE CHARLES, La., Feb. 24, 2011 – Employees at PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) chemicals manufacturing complex in Lake Charles helped to obtain $45,500 in grants through the PPG Industries Foundation for local organizations where they volunteered 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 volunteer efforts with annual grants of $500 for an ongoing volunteer relationship or $1,000 for serving on an organization's board of directors.

In 2010, PPG Lake Charles employees obtained 69 grants for eligible local organizations where they volunteer. Recipient organizations include local schools and school systems, community athletics groups, Boy Scouts troops, and groups such as:

  • AARP Foundation
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana
  • Calcasieu 4-H Foundation
  • Cameron Council on the Aging
  • Friends of Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges & Wetlands
  • KOSSA Heritage Corp.
  • Lake Charles Sail & Power Squadron
  • Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana
  • North Lake Charles Civic Club
  • Southwest Louisiana Firefighters Association
  • YMCA of the City of Lake Charles

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Jon Manns, plant manager for PPG Lake Charles, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana board member. “We are 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 Lake Charles 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