PPG brings innovation to the classroom

Automotive refinish experts show paint techniques to Hudson, Ohio, students

PPG painter Jason Lutton shows students in Terry Stump's art-and-technology class at Hudson Middle School in Ohio a flame-painted panel. Lutton joined Steve Topczewski, PPG business development manager, automotive refinish, and fellow painter Jeremy Seanor at the school to demonstrate and discuss painting techniques and technology.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Nov. 8, 2012 – As part of an ongoing community outreach program, PPG Industries' (NYSE:PPG) automotive refinish business representatives Steve Topczewski, business development manager, and painters Jeremy Seanor and Jason Lutton recently visited Hudson Middle School in Hudson, Ohio, to teach eighth-grade students about automotive refinish color and technology.

The PPG experts showed painted panels and shared details about paint application and technology with five art-and-technology classes taught by Terry Stump. The class combines computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop, GarageBand for iMovies, and QuickTime with the rigorous and creative demands of drawing and design, the science surrounding cars, racing and fuel and the practical use of all these skills in a business setting. It is the only course of its kind in Ohio.

“Our class is hands-on with an emphasis on real-world applications,” Stump said. “To have these talented people from PPG come in and talk about what they know not only gives keen insight, it confirms the practical applications of what the kids have been studying.”

Students listened and watched closely as Seanor, a gifted pinstriper, and Lutton, an applications expert, demonstrated. Using free-hand techniques, Seanor pinstriped daggers, flames and various abstract designs. Lutton focused on colors and effects including metallics and flakes. Both painters discussed advances in waterborne coatings and their benefits. In addition, all three PPG representatives spoke about career opportunities in the automotive refinish industry.

“We're always looking for opportunities to become involved with a local school system,” said Cristina Fronzaglia, PPG communications manager, automotive refinish. “It's important for these kids to know there's an industry ready to embrace their talent, creativity, ideas and energy.”

The presentations ended with a challenge to students to break into teams and design an original hood or door skin. PPG will judge the designs, select a winner and execute the design.

“This was an awesome experience,” Topczewski said. “The kids got into it and so did we. It was fun to do, and we were impressed with how much the students knew and how much more they wanted to learn. We can't wait to see the designs they create.”

For more about PPG's automotive refinish business and products, call 800-647-6050 or visit www.ppgrefinish.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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Cindy Schauer
PPG Automotive Refinish