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Merry Mission: PPG Aerospace Provides Protective Coating to Help Keep Toys for Tots Plane Flying in Optimum Shape

Published on 2004-12-22. Author : SpecialChem

TROY, Mich. -- PPG Aerospace - PRC-DeSoto, the aerospace unit of PPG Industries, was able to help lift holiday spirits this year by supplying its TRANSSEAL® temporary protective coating to the aircraft that was deployed by Operation Interdependence to support the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

Operation Interdependence -- a civilian-to-military delivery system that serves as a program for Americans to demonstrate their support for deployed military -- teamed up with Toys for Tots earlier this month for a promotional flight that stopped in cities nationwide to help raise toy donations for needy children.

PPG Aerospace, an exclusive distributor of Groco Specialty Coatings, supplied TRANSSEAL -- an environmentally-friendly temporary protective coating -- for the aircraft's logos, which provided superior protection against nicks, scratches and abrasions. This allowed the plane's design to retain its luster and complete its cross-country holiday trek in tip-top shape from start to finish.

"PPG is proud to work with organizations such as Operation Interdependence on programs that make a difference to those who are less fortunate, as well as to our troops abroad," said Scott A. Follett, global director, PPG Total Service Solutions. "This program allowed us to lend a helping hand this holiday season while demonstrating a unique temporary coating that provides superior quality and can be easily removed with no detrimental effects to the underlying paint system."

PPG Aerospace distributes Groco products from its global network of 16 application support centers, providing aerospace customers around the world with on-site representation and technical service.

Operation Interdependence's 2004 campaign provided an exciting promotional flight that stopped in 17 states and 18 cities nationwide, promoting the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. The flight encouraged people to meet the aircraft and donate a toy and send their personal greeting along with a small care package to our troops overseas.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

PPG Aerospace is the aerospace coatings, sealants and transparencies business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace - PRC-DeSoto is a leading global supplier of aerospace coatings, aerospace sealants, and packaging and application systems. It produces aerospace sealants and packaging and application systems at Glendale, Calif., U.S.A.; aerospace sealants and coatings at Mojave, Calif., U.S.A., and Shildon, England; and aerospace coatings at Gonfreville, France. PPG Aerospace - Transparencies is the world's largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies, manufactured at its Huntsville, Ala., U.S.A., plant and by PPG Aerospace, Ampaspace, a PPG Industries subsidiary, at Casaletto Vaprio, Italy, near Milan.

PPG Total Service Solutions -- based in Troy, Mich. -- is a leader in providing manufacturers with a cost-effective structured management program that assists in the implementation of a global standard for service.

Pittsburgh-based PPG is the world's leading manufacturer of transportation coatings and a global supplier of industrial and packaging coatings, and a leading producer of architectural coatings, primarily in North America. In addition, PPG manufactures flat and fabricated glass, continuous-strand fiber glass and chemicals. Sales were US$8.8 billion in 2003.

Source: PPG Industries

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