PPG Oak Creek employees get $45,352 in grants for local schools, organizations

PPG Industries Foundation donates for 54 requests through employee programs

To date in 2012, employees at PPG Industries’ Oak Creek, Wis., coatings manufacturing plant obtained $45,352 in grants for local public schools and for organizations where they volunteer and serve on boards through programs of the PPG Industries Foundation. Joe Schurian, an analyst in PPG Oak Creek’s North Side Quality Control Lab, sponsored a Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grant that enabled these 6th-graders from Gilmore Middle School in Racine, Wis., to visit Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
OAK CREEK, Wis., Aug. 15, 2012 – Jack Marshall, plant manager at PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) Oak Creek coatings manufacturing facility, strives to set an example for employees in his support of the community as well as his leadership of the plant. To date in 2012, Marshall has garnered three grants through employee programs of the PPG Industries Foundation, helping fund two school programs and a Girl Scouts troop with which he volunteers.

Luckily for Oak Creek-area schools and groups, many PPG employees share Marshall’s community-mindedness. Together, they have helped obtain $45,352 in PPG Industries Foundation grants so far this year for public schools where they have an interest and nonprofit organizations where they volunteer.

Through the Grant Incentives for Volunteerism by PPG Employees and Retirees (GIVE) program, which recognizes employee and retiree efforts with annual grants of $500 for an ongoing volunteer relationship or $1,000 for serving on an organization's board of directors, PPG Oak Creek employees have obtained 24 grants totaling $16,000 so far this year for eligible local organizations. In addition to Girl Scout Troop 3076 and the regional Girl Scouts organization, this year’s Oak Creek GIVE grants are supporting schools, other educational organizations, youth sports leagues and clubs, and other nonprofit groups.

Additionally this year, 21 PPG employees have garnered a total of $29,352 through the Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grant program for projects, materials and activities at 19 public schools in areas where Oak Creek plant employees live. The foundation has approved 30 requests from PPG Oak Creek employees so far this year, for up to $1,000 each, to fund programs at these schools:

  • Cedar Hills Elementary School
  • Deerfield Elementary School
  • Elmwood Elementary School
  • Gilmore Middle School
  • Greendale Middle School
  • James E. Groppi High School
  • Julian Thomas Elementary School
  • Mitchell Middle School
  • New Berlin West High School
  • Oak Creek East Middle School
  • Oak Creek High School
  • Olympia Brown Elementary School
  • Pierce Elementary School
  • Pulaski High School
  • R.E.A.L. Charter School
  • Ronald Reagan Elementary School
  • Stephen Bull Fine Arts School
  • Swanson Elementary School
  • Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga Campus

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 Oak Creek employees this year 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,” Marshall said. “I am happy to be one of many PPG Oak Creek employees who actively assist local schools and nonprofit groups, and who take advantage of the PPG Industries Foundation’s programs to direct funding where we have an interest. It’s a great opportunity for the company to support the community in ways that are personally significant to PPG 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 employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.ppgfoundation.com.

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