PPG donates $15,000 for Stark State College Barberton Satellite Center

Stark State College President Dr. Para M. Jones explains course offerings at the Barberton Satellite Center to Ted Ladd, plant manager at PPG Industries’ optical and specialty products manufacturing facility in Barberton, Ohio. Ladd presented Dr. Jones with a $10,000 PPG Industries Foundation check to help support the training center. The foundation also donated $5,000 for the Barberton center in 2012. (Photo by Carl Boon, The Herald, Barberton, Ohio)

BARBERTON, Ohio, June 27, 2013 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $15,000 to Stark State College for its Barberton, Ohio, Satellite Center. A $10,000 grant this year and a $5,000 donation in 2012 were made on behalf of PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) optical and specialty products manufacturing facility in Barberton.

“We greatly appreciate PPG’s support of the Barberton Satellite Center, which was created to add needed work-force development in the area,” said Stark State College President Dr. Para M. Jones. “The goal of this school is to prepare students for careers that are aligned with needs in the local area and beyond, so it’s very valuable to form partnerships with local employers such as PPG.”

PPG partnered with the city of Barberton and the Barberton Community Foundation to help Stark State College bring the satellite center to Barberton. The center features state-of-the-art equipment for welding training and offers a range of academic classes leading to two-year associate’s degrees in several disciplines. It makes education for manufacturing and technology careers more accessible and affordable to area residents, Jones said, adding that enrollment has been robust since the center’s January 2013 opening.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live, especially through educational initiatives that help grow the manufacturing work force,” said Ted Ladd, PPG plant manager at the Barberton facility. “With the Barberton Satellite Center, Stark State is helping increase the pool of workers with increased competency and maintenance skills who can fill and retain important roles at PPG’s and many other companies’ local facilities.”

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 Stark State College
With 16,000 students, Stark State College, based in North Canton, is one of Ohio's largest community colleges. It offers more than 100 associate degrees, options and one-year certificate programs in business, general studies, health, engineering technologies, information technologies and public service. For more information, visit www.starkstate.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 nearly 70 countries around the world. Sales in 2012 were $15.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications