PPG Industries to add 300 jobs in Butler, Allegheny counties
By John D. Oravecz
Published: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, 12:39 p.m.
PPG Industries Inc. will consolidate more than 300 jobs from three states and 200 from locations in Western Pennsylvania in a headquarters it plans to establish in Cranberry for its North American architectural coatings business.
The coatings business, which makes Glidden, Pittsburgh Paints, Liquid Nails and other household names, combines PPG's unit that makes paint for residential and commercial exteriors, and walls with similar operations the company bought in April from AkzoNobel N.V. for $1.05 billion.
Downtown-based PPG will expand its technology center in Harmar, adding about 60 jobs to a 180-employee workforce there.
“Our plans to establish a central headquarters and R&D center for the company's North American architectural coatings business in Pennsylvania are an important step in creating our newly expanded coatings business,” said PPG CEO Charles E. Bunch. “PPG has called Pennsylvania home to its global headquarters for 130 years, and this further strengthens our presence in the state.”
The Cranberry headquarters will combine architectural coatings jobs from Louisville; Dover, Del.; and Strongsville, Ohio, with nearly 200 jobs in that business, moving from its Downtown headquarters and a location in McCandless during the next 18 to 24 months.
PPG leased the four-story Building 4 on Westinghouse Electric Co.'s campus in Cranberry Woods to house the headquarters, said PPG spokesman Bryan Iams. Over time, PPG expects up to 500 employees to be located there, he said.
Westinghouse will move about 250 employees to other buildings it leases in Cranberry Woods, said Westinghouse Electric spokesman Vaughn Gilbert.
In Harmar, PPG will expand its technology center by adding about 60 of the jobs moving from out of state, along with a small number of jobs moving from another PPG research center in Springdale, Iams said. The center in Harmar includes PPG's glass and Fiberglas business and research and development.
The Springdale center, which mainly houses PPG's industrial coatings research and development operations (paint for equipment, electronics and packaging) and has about 350 employees, will be minimally affected, he said.
The consolidation is expected to cost $14 million for moving expenses, equipment and relocation packages for employees, and improve collaboration and save travel time and expenses, PPG said.
“These are really good jobs,” Iams said of the scientist, engineering and chemist positions moving to Harmar, and the finance, information technology, marketing and administrative jobs to be located in Cranberry. “We're excited that those jobs will be coming to the region and extend our footprint to the north of Pittsburgh.”
The majority of jobs will move from Strongsville, but Ohio remains PPG's largest manufacturing state, Iams said. Pennsylvania has the company's largest number of employees.
The state has offered nearly $4 million in economic incentives to the company: a $1.25 million grant, $618,000 in job creation tax credits, a $42,750 job grant and a $2 million loan to be repaid within 15 years.
“We continue to see momentum building in the Pennsylvania economy, and businesses are moving here to grow,” Gov. Tom Corbett said. “Today is a win for Southwestern Pennsylvania, proving that the best way to spur new job growth is to work with local leaders and businesses.”
John D. Oravecz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7882 or email@example.com.
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