PPG revitalizes Parque de Bombas through COLORFUL COMMUNITIES initiative

25/08/2016
As part of its global community engagement efforts, PPG has announced the completion of a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ project in Ponce, Puerto Rico, at the iconic Parque de Bombas museum. The weeklong project involved more than 200 gallons of GLIDDEN® and PPG PAINTS™ products as well as 24 PPG volunteers to help restore this long-standing historic landmark.
 

PONCE, Puerto Rico, Aug. 25, 2016 – As part of its global community engagement efforts, PPG (NYSE: PPG) has announced the completion of a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ project in Ponce, Puerto Rico, at the iconic Parque de Bombas museum. The weeklong project involved more than 200 gallons of GLIDDEN® and PPG PAINTS™ products as well as 24 PPG volunteers to help restore this long-standing historic landmark.

The Colorful Communities program provides PPG volunteers, products and financial contributions to bring color and vitality to communities where the company operates around the world. PPG launched the program in 2015 by committing to invest $10 million in communities during a 10-year period.

Considered one of the most recognizable landmarks on the island, Parque de Bombas is a distinctive building constructed in 1882 that once housed the city’s first fire station. In 1990, the building was repurposed as a museum that today preserves pictures, documents, tools and other memorabilia of the firefighters in Ponce, including paintings honoring the seven firefighters and one civilian who helped save Ponce during a fire in 1899. Parque de Bombas, which receives more than 80,000 visitors annually, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.

“PPG has been part of the Puerto Rico community for more than 50 years, and we are proud to be a community partner and contribute to beautifying this historic landmark. Parque de Bombas is a long-standing symbol of respect, admiration and gratitude in the community, and as Puerto Ricans, it is our duty to make it shine brighter than ever,” said Francisco Sanchez Ruiz, director of PPG’s architectural coatings business in the Caribbean. “PPG and our employees are grateful to be able to give back to the community in such a worthwhile way.”

Maria MelĂ©ndez Altieri, mayor of Ponce, said, “The people of Ponce gladly welcome PPG, its directors, employees and their families, and embrace this honorable initiative. For over 300 years Ponce has stood as a proud city and today we express our gratitude and appreciation. The Old Ponce Firehouse will certainly charm local and foreign visitors for many years to come.”

The project involved various PPG Paints and Glidden paints, including PPG Paints PITT-TECH® and SEAL GRIP® products, as well as GLIDDEN PROFESSIONAL® Devguard paint. These high-performance products with excellent adhesion, fast dry time and weather-resistance will protect Parque de Bombas from the harsh weather patterns of Puerto Rico for years to come.

PPG employs approximately 200 people in Puerto Rico, with more than 40 Glidden and PPG Paints stores around the island. For more information on the PPG Paints or Glidden brands, visit www.ppgpaints.com or www.gliddenpr.com.

The Colorful Communities program is PPG’s signature initiative for community engagement efforts, with the aim to protect and beautify the neighborhoods where PPG operates around the world. Together with community partners and PPG employees who volunteer, the program supports projects that transform community assets using donated PPG products. In 2015, PPG completed 11 Colorful Communities projects, and it expects to complete about 30 more this year.


PPG and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We donated more than $7.8 million in 2015 to hundreds of community organizations across 20 countries. 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. 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 and follow @PPG_Communities on Twitter.

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At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.3 billion in 2015. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

 
PPG Paints, We protect and beautify the world and Colorful Communities are trademarks and the PPG Logo is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
Glidden is a registered trademark of the PPG Group of Companies.
Pitt-Tech, Seal Grip and Glidden Professional are registered trademarks of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.

 
 
Media Contacts:
Greta Edgar
PPG
724-742-5699
edgar@ppg.com
www.ppgcommunities.com

Paola Rivera
Burson-Marsteller
787-622-6555
paola.rivera@bm.com

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