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McGarry of PPG to Deliver Keynote Address at Pittsburgh Chemical Day

June 29, 2015
By Business Wire News


PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) today announced that President and Chief Operating Officer Michael H. McGarry will present the keynote address during the 48th annual Pittsburgh Chemical Day, Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. The keynote presentation will be part of the event’s luncheon program.

McGarry will provide an overview of the current state of the industry and its importance in the international economy, discuss current trends, and outline key actions the industry must take to maintain its leadership.

“The chemical and coatings industry is poised to grow, but we must tackle key challenges to achieve continued success,” McGarry said. “Because our industry is a fundamental component of the international economy, both the industry and global markets will benefit if we collectively work to improve education and talent attraction, and to encourage regulatory and policy measures that support growth.”

The full-day event, expected to draw more than 400 chemical-industry professionals, provides informational sessions about the industry, as well as networking opportunities. The Pittsburgh region accounts for an estimated 250 chemical firms and 5,000 positions in the industry.

“As the fourth-largest exporter from the Pittsburgh region, the chemical industry has a significant impact on the economy, creates jobs and underpins business opportunities,” said Kevin Riley, general chair for Pittsburgh Chemical Day 2015 and a retired PPG employee. “The mission of Pittsburgh Chemical Day is to highlight Pittsburgh as a chemical-industry center and to provide a premier forum for sharing ideas and gaining insight about current key issues that affect the chemical industry.”

Industry professionals interested in attending Pittsburgh Chemical Day can register at


PPG Industries’ vision is to be the world’s leading coatings company by consistently delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable solutions that customers trust to protect and beautify their products and surroundings. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG provides added value to customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation 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 70 countries around the world. Reported net sales in 2014 were $15.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

PPG Industries, Inc.
Mark Silvey, PPG Corporate Communications, 412-434-3046