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PPG Industries

PPG Industries
Traded as
Founded Creighton, Pennsylvania, United States (1883 (1883))
Headquarters Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Area served
Key people
Charles E. Bunch (Chairman & CEO)
Services Manufacturing
Revenue 11px US$ 15.1 billion (2013)
11px US$ 1.5 billion (2013)
#redirect Template:If affirmed 11px US$ 1.0 billion (2013)
Total assets 11px US$ $15.9 billion (2013)
Total equity 11px US$ $4.9 billion (2013)
Number of employees
42,600 (2013)

PPG Industries is an American global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass, and fiberglass. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PPG operates in more than 70 countries around the globe. Sales in 2013 were $15.1 billion. It is headquartered in PPG Place, an office and retail complex in downtown Pittsburgh, and is known for its glass facade designed by Philip Johnson.


Founded in 1883 by Captain John Baptiste Ford and John Pitcairn, Jr., as the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company at Creighton, Pennsylvania; the company changed its name to PPG Industries, Inc., on 19 December 1968 to show its diverse offerings. Ditzler Color Company, established in 1902 in Detroit as an automotive color concern, was purchased by Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (now PPG) in 1928. In 1990 it founded Transitions Optical as a joint venture with Essilor.[1] On April 1, 2014, PPG finalized the sale of Transitions Optical to its joint venture partner, Essilor International of France, however, PPG’s technical center in Monroeville will continue to provide research and development services for Transitions.[2] [3] In 2007, the company was involved in a lawsuit on failing to disclose a purchase reduction of its two major auto glass customers.[4]

In addition to this, a very important adquisition was done in the "mid" '80's, "Cipisa", a Spanish automovilistic painter, was bought by PPG industries. And Cipisa was named "PPG Ibérica" as the PPG Sede in Spain. After that, the CEO of Cipisa, Pere Nadal Carres was moved to CEO of PPG Ibérica.


On 2 January 2008, PPG acquired the SigmaKalon Group of companies for $3.2 billion from private investment firm Bain Capital, strongly increasing its paint and specialty coatings business.[5]

On April 1, 2013 PPG completed the acquisition of AkzoNobel North American architectural coatings business including Glidden, Liquid Nails, and Flood brands.[6]

On November 5, 2014 PPG closed the deal, that was announced on June 2014, to purchase Mexican Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V. (“Comex”) for $2.3 billion [7]

Environmental record

In November 2010, PPG agreed to remove 700,000 tons of toxic waste from Canal Crossing, a brownfield site in Jersey City, New Jersey where the company operated a chromium processing plant between 1954 and 1963.[8][9][10][11] Stringent standards were agreed to in a federal court settlement.[12]

PPG Industries will soon begin creating wetlands along the Calcasieu River as the final phase of a project to remediate and reroute the water discharge canal at its Lake Charles facility. The initiative, which began more than a year ago, reroutes the plant’s water discharge point from Bayou d’Inde to the Calcasieu River and creates Script error: No such module "convert". of wetlands adjacent to the Interstate 210 bridge.[13]

Lime Lake Reclamation Project of PPG Industries in Barberton, Ohio, received special awards in the National Beneficial Use of Biosolids Program from Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) region 5 in 1998.

See also


  1. ^ Gannon, Joyce (January 15, 2013). "PPG, Essilor may make transition - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  2. ^ Gannon, Joyce (April 1, 2014). "PPG finalizes sale of Transitions Optical for $1.73 billion - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
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  4. ^ Gannon, Joyce (January 4, 2008). "Retired exec returns to PPG auto glass unit". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved Jul 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "PPG Completes Acquisition of SigmaKalon Group". Reuters. January 2, 2008. 
  6. ^ "PPG completes acquisition of AkzoNobel North American architectural coatings business" April 1, 2012
  7. ^ "PPG completes acquisition of Comex" November 5, 2014
  8. ^ McDonald, Terrence T. (March 6, 2011). "More than 50,000 tons of soil removed from chromium site in Jersey City". The Jersey Journal 
  9. ^ Frohling, John B. (April 15, 2009). "Morris Canal Associates/Proposed Settlement Agreement Between PPG and the City of Jersey City" (PDF). Assoc, LLC. 
  10. ^ Murray, Brian T. (June 12, 2009). "N.J. delays decision on setting stricter limits on carcinogen chromium". The Star-Ledger 
  11. ^ Arrue, Karina L. (October 21, 2010). "Jersey City is only New Jersey recipient of $2.3 million in federal grant money to fund planning for 7,000-unit development on 111-acre wasteland currently being cleaned of toxins". Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2011-04-03 
  12. ^ Navarro, Miyera (April 5, 2011). "Better Cleanup Planned at Former Chrome Plant". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-04-06 
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