PPG glass fabrication plant in Barrie, Ontario, to begin operation in January

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 12, 2011 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) flat glass business has announced that it will begin operation in January of an 80,000-square-foot plant in Barrie, Ontario, that will provide 20 full-time jobs in glass cutting, fabrication of insulating glass units, and distribution.

The new site replaces a PPG facility near Toronto in North York, where PPG has operated for 60 years.

“The Barrie plant will provide better access to our customers and enable us to operate more efficiently,” said Frank Caporiccio, general manager for PPG's flat glass trade products in Canada. “We’re always seeking ways to increase the value we offer to customers.”

The plant will occupy part of the 300,000-square-foot former Bemis Manufacturing facility at 200 Fairview Rd. in Barrie. Equipment installation will begin in November, according to Caporiccio, and the plant will begin operation in January 2012.

PPG operates similar Canadian glass plants in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Calgary, Alberta, as well as a warehouse facility in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and 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.

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Rob Struble
PPG Flat Glass