PPG donates $5,000 to Milwaukee Public Schools

Funds support biomedical sciences programs in six high schools

MILWAUKEE, July 31, 2013 – The PPG Industries Foundation donated $5,000 to Milwaukee Public Schools to support the biomedical sciences programs in six high schools. The grant was made on behalf of the PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) Oak Creek, Wis., industrial coatings plant and facilitated by Caterpillar, a PPG customer that sponsors programs within the district.

“We appreciate PPG’s support of our biomedical sciences program, which provides students with a foundation in science and health care and specialized knowledge in biomedical areas,” said Gregory Thornton, Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent. “The students also gain exposure to the social, legal and ethical issues surrounding technological advances related to biomedical sciences.”

The grant helps the district maintain high-quality, project-based learning in the biomedical sciences courses by replenishing consumable materials used by the students, such as enzymes and blood-typing kits. The program is part of an effort by the district to provide students with experiences in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live, especially through educational programs that encourage students to pursue technology-related careers,” said Jack Marshall, PPG plant manager at the Oak Creek facility. “We are happy to support the Milwaukee Public Schools’ effort to emphasize the STEM disciplines, which are very important to the future success of this region and of companies like PPG.”

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 Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving more than 78,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. MPS is home to the Milwaukee region’s two best high schools according to the Washington Post and three of state’s 25 best high schools according to U.S. News and World Report. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 14 points higher than the rate for 2000. More MPS news is available at http://mpsmke.com/news.

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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.

 
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Contact:
K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications
412-434-2445
kmccrory@ppg.com
www.ppgfoundation.com
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