PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced the 2019 appearance schedule of its popular show truck. The bold red, white and blue PPG tractor-trailer rig — a rolling exhibit of premium PPG products — will kick off its cross-country trip on March 8 at the 9th annual Goodguys Spring Lone Star Nationals at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The truck will make 12 appearances, concluding its tour season October 13 at Cruisin’ the Coast in Biloxi, MS. Tour stops include the top national and regional car, truck and hot rod events sponsored by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association and other major auto groups.

The colorful show truck serves as a mobile PPG exhibit designed to give custom car builders and painters a chance to learn about PPG’s innovative products, hottest colors and dazzling special effects to create show-stopping finishes. At each location, PPG representatives will be on hand to welcome the public and answer any questions visitors have about any of PPG’s brands including Deltron®, the Vibrance Collection®, Global Refinish System®, Envirobase® High Performance and Aquabase® Plus.

“We’re very proud of our show truck and the excitement it generates at these events,” said Cristina Murray, PPG director, customer communications and service, automotive refinish. “Having our truck at these shows provides an excellent opportunity for us to engage with a variety of people in the automotive refinish industry and help them learn more about PPG products. The truck displays a unique collection of items painted with PPG — from motorcycle half tanks and helmets to baseball bats and more. Our booth has something for everyone, even a coloring contest for the kids and a collectible coloring book illustrated by artist Tony Squindo.”

The show truck’s complete tour schedule follows. PPG invites automobile enthusiasts to visit at any of the scheduled stops.

2019 Truck Show Schedule
Mar 8-10       
9th Spring Lone Star Nationals
Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, TX
March 15-17 10th Spring Nationals WestWorld of Scottsdale Scottsdale, AZ
April 5-7 19th Del Mar Nationals Del Mar Fairgrounds Del Mar, CA
May 3-5 14th Nashville Nationals Nissan Stadium Nashville, TN
June 21-23 Back to the 50's Weekend Minnesota State Fairgrounds St. Paul, MN
July 5-7 28th Heartland Nationals Iowa State Fairgrounds Des Moines, IA
July 12-14 22nd PPG Nationals Ohio Expo Center Columbus, OH
July 26-28 32nd Pacific NW Nationals Washington State Fair Events Ctr. Puyallup, WA
Aug 9-11 18th Great NW Nationals Spokane County Fair & Expo Ctr. Spokane, WA
Sep 6-8 Frankenmuth Auto Fest Heritage Park Frankenmuth, MI
Sep 27-29 27th Lone Star Nationals Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, TX
Oct 6-13 22nd Annual Cruisin' the Coast Mississippi Coast Coliseum Biloxi, MS

Click here to get more information on each of the shows that our truck will be attending.

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - February 5, 2019
PPG (NYSE: PPG) today announced that Jamie Redd, PPG training center manager and automotive refinish expert, has been selected by SkillsUSA to train recent high school graduate Dylan Wertz for the 45th WorldSkills Competition to be held at the Kazan Expo International Exhibition Centre in Kazan, Russia, in August 2019. Wertz will compete in the car painting category. He qualified for the competition by winning the category in the SkillsUSA Championships held last June in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jamie Redd,
PPG Training Center Manager and Automotive Refinish Expert
Dylan Wertz,
Skills USA Champion

Redd and Wertz have also been invited to compete in the car painting category at the Canadian SATA Global Challenge March 18–22 in Concord, Ontario, and the Northern Europe Championships June 18–20 in Silkeborg, Denmark, prior to their trip to Kazan.

“I am honored to be selected as the SkillsUSA car painting expert and to work with Dylan,” Redd said. “Obviously, I hope he wins. I also hope that by meeting his peers, competing on an international level and learning about the technological advances in the industry, he has a positive WorldSkills experience and is proud of the career choice he’s made. The skills Dylan and other students learn and develop will be particularly important for our customers — and the whole industry — down the road. PPG is excited to support SkillsUSA, to participate in its activities and to show students the opportunities that await them in our industry.”

Redd is a leader in the automotive repair and refinish section of the SkillsUSA Championships and is designated as an expert by the organization. He has been involved with SkillsUSA since 1997, first at the state level, then on the national stage. He is responsible for preparing Wertz for the highest level of skills competition. He began training Wertz last October and will accompany him to Canada, Denmark and Kazan.

Wertz, a resident of Tiffin, Ohio, received his automotive technical training at Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center in Tiffin and at the Universal Technical Institute in Lisle, Illinois. He has participated twice in SkillsUSA Championships, winning gold in 2018. He is familiar with PPG products and has worked extensively with PPG’s Envirobase® High Performance brand. It was the refinish brand of choice at Vanguard-Sentinel.

“Being a part of the United States WorldSkills team is huge,” Wertz said. “I’m excited to represent my country and to have made it this far. This is an amazing opportunity, and I appreciate all the help and support I’ve received from my family, friends and instructors. I enjoy painting and work hard to become better every day. I hope my love of painting brings me success in Canada, Denmark and Kazan.”

Based on previous WorldSkills competitions, Wertz can expect to be tested in all the steps involved in the refinish process — masking, prepping, painting and defect removal. This year, ecological concerns will also be considered. Contestants will be scored on the amount of waste they generate in the refinish process. The waste, including paper, masking tape paint and other materials, will be weighed and factored into the final scores. The intent is to encourage the contestants to develop a mindset that is concerned with minimizing the amount of hazardous and plastic waste generated in the refinish process.

PPG has long been involved with SkillsUSA, primarily in the automotive segment of the competition, and is a major sponsor of the event. PPG employees volunteer their time and knowledge in assisting students or serving as judges for the competition. PPG contributes paint and other supplies (on a rotating basis with three other participating paint companies). PPG also helped establish the refinish competition in 2008.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that serves more than 300,000 high school, middle school and college students, preparing them for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The organization helps students excel in their chosen field and qualify for jobs in the real world. The SkillsUSA Championships feature competitions between the best technical education students in the nation.

The Amsterdam-based WorldSkills organization, with 80 member countries and regions around the world, is regarded as a global hub for vocational skills. Every two years it hosts the WorldSkills Competition, during which young people compete for prestigious medals. The event brings together approximately 1,300 competitors to vie for honors in 56 skills across a wide range of industries including automotive repair and refinish. Competitors are selected from skills competitions that are held in WorldSkills member countries and regions.

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