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PPG Completes First 11 COLORFUL COMMUNITIES Projects in 2015

December 18, 2015
By Business Wire News


PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) announced that it has completed 11 projects around the world since launching the COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ initiative in May as part of its global charitable efforts, and it has initiated four additional projects slated for completion in 2016. The Colorful Communities program provides PPG employee volunteers and PPG products along with financial contributions to bring color and vitality to communities where the company operates around the world. The program increases PPG’s commitment to invest in communities by adding $10 million to support efforts made during a 10-year period.

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For the 11 Colorful Communities projects completed to date, 2,572 gallons (about 9,735 liters) of PPG paint products were used, and PPG granted more than $209,000 in funding to partner organizations. Additionally, more than 830 PPG volunteers have donated more than 4,800 volunteer hours to help brighten communities by painting, planting flowers, cleaning and contributing to educational resources. The completed Colorful Communities projects have helped revitalize:

Additionally, PPG has already committed nearly $100,000 in funding for Colorful Communities projects underway in Oak Creek, Wisconsin; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; the Ronzier neighborhood of Valenciennes, France; and Sumaré, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“We are very excited about the early success of our global Colorful Communities initiative and eager to offer PPG employees around the world many more opportunities to volunteer their time and talent for community-brightening projects,” said PPG Corporate Global Social Responsibility Executive Director Sue Sloan. “Backed by our capable employees and high-quality products, we look forward to continuing to bring vitality to organizations through the global Colorful Communities program in the coming year.”

The Colorful Communities program is PPG’s signature initiative for its community engagement efforts, aiming 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 spaces using PPG products.

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 matching-funds programs.

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


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 and Colorful Communities are trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

PPG Corporate Communications
Mark Silvey, 412-434-3046