MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – May 2, 2017
PPG has expanded its innovative Color Solutions XI product line with the introduction of the all-new RAPIDMATCH™ XI spectrophotometer. Combining ground-breaking optical power, color camera images and an intuitive touch screen user interface, the RapidMatch XI spectrophotometer is designed to dramatically enhance collision repair. The new spectrophotometer is the second of three sophisticated tools—including the state-of-the-art TOUCHMIX® XI computer and the PAINTMANAGER® XI software program—making up the PPG Color Solutions XI lineup, all of which will reduce mixing room complexity and permit technicians to be more efficient and productive.

“The RapidMatch XI spectrophotometer represents the future of accurate, reliable color matching technology,” said Alison Norris, PPG manager, global color science. “This is a third-generation device that’s based on PPG’s more than 25 years of experience developing sophisticated instruments that provide high-accuracy measurements along with match rating and texture information. This is a tool every productivity-conscious collision center will appreciate.”

According to Norris, the RapidMatch XI spectrophotometer combines 11 color angles and five texture angles for a total of 16 geometries powered with six blue-enhanced LEDs, to make it the most advanced technology in the industry. Technicians will benefit from the five texture digital color images that provide real-time paint surface viewing. The basis for the new spectrophotometer’s color matching capability lies in an extensive color formula database containing reflectance and image characteristics along with high-level mathematics that efficiently and accurately deliver “target to match” returns to the end user. With its cutting-edge optics and multi-angle color measurement, the RapidMatch XI spectrophotometer reads the actual vehicle color at critical angles, then teams with PPG’s extensive color database of prime, variant and special field formulas to help find the best blendable match. Technicians then have all the necessary information to make the right choice when reaching a color decision. In addition, the RapidMatch XI spectrophotometer is Wi-Fi enabled and provides seamless connectivity with its brand partner, PaintManager XI software.

The new PaintManager XI software features a more intuitive workflow and numerous improvements that streamline the paint-tracking and cloud-based reporting processes, making it even easier for customers to manage and evaluate the performance of their shops. In addition, the software program elevates the user experience with a more contemporary and visually appealing interface, improved navigation and greater opportunities for collaboration and integration across locations and within organizations.

“The purpose of our three Color Solutions XI brand products is to create an easy-to-use line of color tools that will make a paint technician’s job less complex and simplify shop operations,” added Tracey Johnson, PPG, senior manager, global IT. “With the RapidMatch XI spectrophotometer, TouchMix XI computer and the PaintManager XI program software, collision centers have everything they need to retrieve formula match information with speed and efficiency.”

The Color Solutions XI products are now available in the U.S. and Canada. For more information about PPG Color Solutions XI products, visit www.ppgrefinish.com or call (800) 647-6050.

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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – May 12, 2017
Elite custom car painter Darryl Hollenbeck chose PPG automotive refinish products to give the recently restored iconic 1953 Beast IV Streamliner its sleek blue and yellow finish. Hollenbeck’s artistic contribution was part of a major restoration undertaken by Dan Webb and Ashley and Cory Taulbert at Webb Automotive Art, Grand Blanc, Mich., to return the low-slung vintage racer to glory. Webb entrusted Hollenbeck and his crew at Vintage Color Studio, Concord, Calif., to create the radiant period-correct finish. The project was commissioned by, and in collaboration with, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California in Pomona. Beast IV was unveiled at the museum in January at the annual Grand National Roadster Show.

According to Larry Fisher, the museum’s executive director, Beast IV was originally built in 1953 by Chet Herbert just in time to compete in that year’s Bonneville Speed Week and International Speed Trials. The aluminum-bodied, Chrysler Hemi-powered racer streaked across the Utah Salt Flats to hit a top speed of 246 mph and break eight long-standing performance records. Beast IV—the successor to Herbert’s original Beast (a motorcycle), Beast II and Beast III racers—ran until 1992 in a number of configurations with a variety of engines and reached speeds up to 289 mph. The racer then rested on its laurels; unused, it fell into disrepair and was acquired by David and Marianne Duthu. The couple donated Beast IV to the museum and agreed to fund the car’s badly needed restoration.



While the build of Beast IV took a quick three weeks, the restoration required fifteen months of intense research and meticulous craftsmanship. Much of the racer had deteriorated and few of its original parts remained. With museum curator Greg Sharp providing historical guidance on the project, the Webb and Hollenbeck crews worked primarily from vintage photographs and magazine articles to source rare parts, fabricate components and determine and reproduce the Beast’s exact colors. Craig Naff, of Woodstock, Va., blended the Beast’s remaining original sheet metal with new material to create a complete body; in effect, a canvas for Hollenbeck to paint. Consulting with PPG’s segment manager Steve Lehner and technical trainer Jim Kvatek, Hollenbeck and team members Darrell Schneider and Dennis Sayers selected several PPG automotive refinish products to replicate the car’s initial paint job. Eric Reyes’ steady hand provided the Beast’s elegant lettering and detailing.

“Color was a challenge,” said Hollenbeck. “There were color photos of the original Beast and we knew the car was blue and yellow, but the colors looked different in every photograph. So we compared the colors of other cars in photos with the Beast. We figured out the other cars’ colors and were able to come very close to equaling the Beast’s color. Then we generated dozens of blue and yellow samples and tweaked them to match the paint. The museum made the final decision and we gave the Beast its proper design and color scheme.”

Beast IV is now on permanent display with Beast III at the NHRA Motorsports Museum.

PPG: WE PROTECT AND BEAUTIFY THE WORLD™
At PPG (NYSE: PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.8 billion in 2016. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – May 16, 2017
Family, friends and Corvette enthusiasts gathered on Saturday, April 29, at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., for the unveiling of a special, fully restored bright red 1984 Corvette. The car belonged to Burke Rhoads, a Nicholasville, Ky., police officer who was killed in 2015 in a car accident while on duty. Rhoads had been restoring the Corvette and promised his daughter Jacquelyn that she could drive it to her prom when she turned sixteen. Rhoads’ wife Melissa wanted to finish the project and asked museum staff for a referral to a shop that could paint the car.

The management team at the museum, after reviewing the situation, in a gesture of appreciation to the nation’s police forces, a tribute to Officer Rhoads and to help a grieving family heal, offered to restore the entire car. The museum’s vehicle maintenance and preservation coordinator Daniel Decker took charge of the project. The Corvette community, including Corvette Central and members of the Bluegrass Corvette Club, stepped up to help with cash donations and parts. Once the car’s mechanicals and body were restored, the museum turned to PPG for help with the finish.

“Contributing our products for this worthwhile cause was something we were happy to do,” said Bill Shaw, PPG director of marketing. “We were humbled by the request. It is a pleasure and a privilege to help the family members of those who serve and protect us every day.”

The museum had a relationship with PPG—established in February 2014—when a sinkhole under the museum floor swallowed eight rare Corvettes including the 1984 Indy 500 PPG pace car. PPG donated the needed paint, and museum staff approached Final Finish, a PPG customer with shops in Morgantown and Bowling Green, Ky., about painting the car. Final Finish owners Eric and Chase Ingram, brothers, agreed, and painter Fernando Resendiz gave the ’Vette its bright red coat using DELTRON® 2000 DBC Basecoat and CONCEPT® DCU2021 Urethane Clear. “We were honored to be asked,” said Eric. “We’re both dads, we’re part of the community and this is a special way of giving back,” added Chase.

The car’s gleaming red finish complimented the red interior, which was made special when the museum stitched Officer Rhoads’ uniform badge and name tag into the center console to honor his memory.

“This project has been a labor of love for the museum team and everyone who contributed to it,” said Katie Frassinelli, the museum’s marketing and communications manager. “We were grateful to participate. We have always tried to extend that gratitude to law enforcement; to be able to translate that into an act of kindness was very meaningful for us. It’s wonderful to help bring a dad’s promise to fruition.”

PPG: WE PROTECT AND BEAUTIFY THE WORLD™
At PPG (NYSE: PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.8 billion in 2016. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

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Karl Malone’s Body and Paint and Puente Hills Auto Body Named Collision Centers of the Year

 

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – May 18, 2017
Two PPG collision centers—Karl Malone’s Body and Paint of Draper, Utah, and Puente Hills Auto Body of the City of Industry, Calif.,—have received the 2016 Toyota Certified Collision Center of the Year Triple Crown Award. The annual award is given to the three top-performing Toyota certified collision centers in the country. According to Toyota representatives, collision centers are evaluated on a point system based on customer satisfaction; manager, estimator and technician certification; facility and equipment requirements and other benchmark achievements. The award is highly competitive with nearly 200 Toyota certified collision centers nationally vying for the honor.

“We are extremely proud of these two fine collision centers and their employees,” said Tom Wolf, PPG director, refinish business development. “The National Toyota Certified Collision Center of the Year Triple Crown Award is one of the most prestigious honors in our industry and confirms the commitment each of these shops has made to its customers in providing quality products and service. Karl Malone’s Body and Paint and Puente Hills Auto Body can take great pride in what they’ve achieved. We are happy to congratulate them.”

Karl Malone’s Body and Paint has been a PPG customer since it opened in 2013. The facility has 25 employees with its two painters certified to spray ENVIROBASE® High Performance waterborne products. This is the shop’s first National Toyota Certified Collision Center of the Year Triple Crown Award.

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Left to right, Andrew Madsen, co-owner; Laif Ekberg, collision center manager; Karl Malone, co-owner; George R. Irving Jr., Toyota North America, national manager, Wholesale Parts & Collision; Ruben De Loera, Toyota senior analyst, Wholesale Parts & Collision; Jon May, general manager.
 

“I’m grateful to the owners and managers. Their commitment has made the shop a first-class participant in the collision repair industry; they’ve built an exceptional facility for our customers and employees,” said Laif Ekberg, collision center manager, upon learning of the award. “It is gratifying to work with such dedicated professionals who strive for excellence in every stage of the process, in the office and the shop. Our consistent hard work has paid off in building long-term trusting relationships with our customers, insurers and the community.”

Puente Hills Auto Body, a part of Puente Hills Toyota, has been a PPG customer since owner Frederick Hitchcock opened it in 1978. It converted to the PPG Envirobase High Performance waterborne system in 2007. This is the first time the shop has won the award although it has finished in the top 10 every year since 2006. Puente Hills Auto Body collision center director Rob Huntington manages a staff of 30 employees, including two PPG-certified paint technicians, and credits the center’s entire team and Hitchcock’s support for the shop’s achievements.

“Our employees are really excited about receiving such recognition,” said Huntington. “We have a terrific owner who genuinely cares about his staff and his customers. We hire the right people—people who like what they do, are good at what they do and are committed to customer service. And we have the support of PPG and its products. It’s a great combination, and it works for us. The award is a tremendous affirmation of our work.”

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Front row, left to right: Anthony Salcedo, production manager; Leo Vazquez, estimator; Richard Carrillo, estimator; Mike Larrabee, assistant manager; Joe Guerrero, estimator. Back row, left to right: Ruben De Loera, Toyota senior analyst, Wholesale Parts & Collision; Rob Huntington, collision center director; Nicholas Cardin, vice president/general manager, Puente Hills Toyota.
 

Huntington and Puente Hills Toyota vice president/general manager Nicholas Cardin and Hitchcock Automotive president Howard Hakes accepted the award April 8 at a banquet held in Newport Beach for the shop and its employees. Toyota representative Eric Mendoza, manager, Wholesale Parts & Certified Collision, presented the award. Similarly, Karl Malone’s Body and Paint received its award April 19 at a gala dinner in Salt Lake City. Principal owner and former NBA Utah Jazz player Karl Malone, co-owner Andrew Madsen, general manager Jon May and Ekberg accepted the award for the shop. George R. Irving Jr., Toyota North America, national manager, Wholesale Parts & Certified Collision, presented the award.

PPG: WE PROTECT AND BEAUTIFY THE WORLD™
At PPG (NYSE: PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.8 billion in 2016. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

We protect and beautify the world is a trademark and the PPG Logo and Envirobase are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.


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