PPG pledges $25,000 for student-focused initiatives at The University of Akron

Grants continue long-standing relationship between company, university

The PPG Industries Foundation has pledged a total of $25,000 in 2012 to benefit three student-focused and engineering-related initiatives of The University of Akron. A $5,000 grant supported The University of Akron (UA) Women in Engineering Program, while grants of $10,000 each funded both the UA College of Corrosion and Reliability Engineering's Corrosion Squad program and its undergraduate degree program. In this photo, UA Corrosion Squad members visit PPG Industries' Barberton, Ohio, chemicals manufacturing facility and learn about corrosion control technology from Mario Narbutaitus, PPG senior project engineer at the plant.
AKRON, Ohio, May 22, 2012 – The PPG Industries Foundation has pledged a total of $25,000 in 2012 to benefit three student-focused initiatives of The University of Akron, continuing the long-standing relationship between PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) Barberton, Ohio, chemicals plant and corporate science-and-technology function and UA.

The university’s Corrosion and Reliability Engineering Program, housed in the College of Engineering, received a $10,000 grant for its Corrosion Squad program, which provides students with hands-on research experience. A separate $10,000 grant supports UA’s undergraduate corrosion engineering program, the only such bachelor’s degree program in the nation. Also, the university’s Women in Engineering Program, which provides programs and services that aim to recruit and retain women in engineering fields, received a $5,000 grant sponsored by the Barberton, Ohio, chemicals manufacturing facility, where Tom Meyer, who serves on the program’s advisory council, is plant manager.

The $10,000 grant for the UA Corrosion Squad program, made on behalf of PPG’s Optical and Specialty Materials segment, will further engage students in the study of corrosion control and reduction for vessels and piping. The $10,000 grant benefiting the undergraduate corrosion engineering program, made on behalf of PPG’s corporate science-and-technology function, will cover sponsorship of a class project as well as student visits to PPG’s Ohio manufacturing facilities.

For the UA Women in Engineering Program, the $5,000 PPG grant helps cover general expenses for weeklong summer camps for middle- and high-school girls. Camp participants conduct hands-on experiments involving various engineering disciplines and gain engineering research experience by working on team projects for competition.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where it has a presence, as well as supporting the development of the next generation of chemists and engineers, who will create tomorrow’s innovative technologies,” PPG Barberton Plant Manager Tom Meyer said. “These grants will help advance knowledge and interest in engineering and related disciplines while also providing students with learning opportunities that go beyond the classroom.”

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 employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.ppgfoundation.com.

About The University of Akron
The University of Akron is the public research university for Northeast Ohio. The Princeton Review listed UA among the “Best in the Midwest” in its 2011 edition of Best Colleges: Region-by-Region. Nearly 30,000 students are enrolled in UA’s 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.

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 world. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications