Employee volunteers and paint help to revitalize school auditorium
PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) today announced the completion of a COLORFUL
COMMUNITIES™ project to help revitalize the auditorium at Mahatma Gandhi
secondary school in San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico, as part of its
global charitable-giving effort. The Colorful Communities program
provides PPG employee volunteers and products to bring color and
vitality to communities where the company operates around the world.
Launched earlier this year, the program increases PPG’s commitment to
invest in communities by adding $10 million to support efforts made
during a 10-year period.
The project brought together more than 50 volunteers – PPG employees
from the San Juan del Rio coatings manufacturing plant and their
families – who used more than 1,500 liters (about 396 gallons) of paint
products by PPG to beautify the auditorium.
While PPG volunteers completed the revitalization project at the school,
the PPG plant hosted educational events. Students participated in a
science fair and learned from PPG experts about the company’s efforts to
minimize waste, to ensure safety procedures at its facilities and to
apply color theory in the production of its paints and coatings.
“An essential part of the PPG philosophy is to support the communities
where we have a presence and where we as employees live,” said Stan
Zaharewicz, PPG operations director at the San Juan del Rio facility.
“The commitment of our company to San Juan del Río is reflected in the
dedication our staff members have shown in support of this initiative
and in the teamwork they exhibited through their volunteer efforts to
make this project a success. We look forward to completing additional Colorful
Communities projects locally in the future.”
PPG’s San Juan del Rio facility makes products such as waterborne
coatings, powder coatings, and low-volatile organic compound (low-VOC)
coatings and paints.
The PPG Colorful Communities initiative aims to enhance, protect
and beautify the neighborhoods where the company operates. Together with
community partners and PPG employee volunteers, the program supports
projects that transform community assets using donated PPG products. The Colorful
Communities program is currently engaged with a number of
communities and expects to complete more than 14 projects in 2015 in
North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
The Colorful Communities program is PPG’s signature initiative
for its community engagement efforts. In 2014, PPG and the PPG
Industries Foundation donated more than $5.7 million to hundreds of
community organizations across 24 countries around the world. These
investments focused on: education programs that teach young people
skills needed to succeed in studies and careers related to science,
technology, engineering and math, such as jobs in advanced
manufacturing; revitalization programs for buildings and community
spaces; and organizations important to employees through grant and
PPG Industries and the PPG Industries Foundation aim to create brighter,
more colorful communities where PPG has a presence around the world. By
investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled
workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in industries related to
coatings and specialty materials. With the support of our workforce,
financial contributions and PPG products, we help revitalize our
communities. Plus, we empower PPG employees to make an impact for causes
that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and
charitable giving. Learn more at www.ppgcommunities.com.
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than 70 countries around the world. Reported net sales in 2014 were
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