Governor Tom Corbett announced that PPG Industries Inc., will establish its North American architectural coatings headquarters in Butler County and expand the company’s existing technology center in Allegheny County, adding more than 300 new jobs in both counties.
“We continue to see momentum building in the Pennsylvania economy and businesses are moving here to grow,” says Corbett. “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”
The project is expected to generate an investment in excess of $14 million for infrastructure, equipment and employee training, according to the announcement. The company is projected to create more than 300 jobs between both sites and retain another 2,500 positions throughout the state.
PPG will establish its North American architectural coatings business at an approximately 120,000-square-foot facility in Cranberry Township, Butler County, consolidating operations from Louisville, Ky., Dover, Del., and Strongsville, Ohio.
The company will also expand and co-locate its North American architectural coatings research and development activities, laboratory equipment and personnel that are presently located at the company’s Springdale, Allegheny County, and Strongsville, Ohio, locations to Harmar Township, Allegheny County, according to the release. The Technology Center in Harmar Township currently includes PPG’s glass and fiber glass business and research and development activities.
“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,” says Charles E. Bunch, PPG chairman and CEO. “PPG has called Pennsylvania home to its global headquarters for 130 years, and this further strengthens our presence in the state and affected counties. We appreciate the continued support of the governor and county leadership as we move forward with this important decision for our future operations.”