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PPG consolidation to bring 300 jobs to region

September 23, 2013 News Extra

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CRANBERRY TWP — PPG Industries will establish a new headquarters in the Cranberry Woods office park off Route 228 and will expand its existing technology center in Allegheny County.

The new architectural coatings headquarters and the expanded tech center bring the promise of 300 additional jobs to the region.

PPG now joins major companies such as Westinghouse Electric Co., MSA, Danieli Corp., Verizon Wireless, and McKesson Automation that call Cranberry Woods home.

The announcement was made Monday by Gov. Tom Corbett.

This project is expected to generate more than $14 million for infrastructure, equipment and employee training. The company is projected to create more than 300 jobs between both sites and retain another 2,500 positions throughout the state.

PPG, a coatings and specialty products company, will establish its architectural coatings business at a 120,000-square-foot facility in Cranberry Woods office park by consolidating its operations from Louisville, Ky., Dover, Del., and Strongsville, Ohio.

The relocation of jobs is expected to take between 12 and 18 months, according to PPG officials.

The new headquarters will be in Cranberry Woods’ building four, which was previously occupied by Westinghouse before its office consolidation in 2012.

PPG also will expand and co-locate its North American architectural coatings research and development activities, laboratory equipment and personnel who are presently at the company’s Springdale, Allegheny County, and Strongsville, Ohio, locations to Harmar Township, Allegheny County.

The Technology Center in Harmar Township includes PPG’s glass and fiberglass business and research and development activities.

The company received funds from the state Department of Community and Economic Development including a $1.25 million Pennsylvania First Program grant, $618,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits and a $42,750 Guaranteed Free Training grant that will train its new workforce.

A $2 million loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority to be repaid within 15 years also was included.

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