PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced the completion of a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ project in Batley, England, that helped to revitalize the Batley Railway Station. The Colorful Communities program provides PPG volunteers and products along with financial contributions to bring color and vitality to communities where our 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.
More than 120 PPG volunteers from the company’s architectural coatings operations in Birstall, Morley and other local sites came together to revitalize the station’s frontage, café and community area, and subway. PPG provided nearly $26,500 for the project, including 177 liters of JOHNSTONE’S® paint products in 52 colors.
The project supports the Friends of Batley Station (FOBS) group in its campaign to improve the local station. The subway is now brightened by a colorful mural, which showcases the best of Batley’s architecture along with PPG’s paint products. The community and train passengers benefit from the project, according to Veronica Horsfall, PPG communications manager based in Birstall, because it helps make the train and local attractions more inviting to visitors.
“We are thrilled to have engaged so many PPG volunteers in this creative revitalization project," Horsfall said. “This project is close to the hearts of everybody connected to our company's long-term base in Batley, and we are delighted to help make a difference for the station, the community and the town.”
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 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. 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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