Chad Hook, PPG Show Truck Driver STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – January 28, 2015 – PPG Automotive Refinish has announced the 2015 appearance schedule of its colorful show truck. The truck, a popular crowd-pleaser at all its tour stops, is a 75-foot 2007 Coronado Freightliner tractor-trailer rig. This year it sports a new paint scheme that highlights the vibrant colors, ingenious graphics and matchless special effects that PPG’s advanced PPG refinish products allow and encourage.

Again this year, veteran PPG driver Chad Hook will steer the truck across the country to major custom car and truck shows sponsored by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) and other automotive enthusiast groups.

Chad has been driving the PPG show truck since 1999 and has never missed an event or arrived late. He will begin his annual expedition April 24 with the Goodguys 2nd Florida Nationals and move on to Nashville, Indianapolis and other destinations across the nation. He will make a total of 14 stops and end the season with the Goodguys 18th Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 20.

The show truck presents a great opportunity for professional and amateur custom car painters and builders to learn more about PPG products and the outstanding finishes they provide. Car and truck buffs are welcome to visit the truck at any of its stops. The complete tour schedule follows.

  • Nashville, Tenn., May 15-17, Goodguys 10th Nashville Nationals
  • Indianapolis, Ind., June 5-7, Goodguys 2nd Indy Nationals
  • West Springfield, Mass., June 12-14, Goodguys 23rd East Coast Nationals
  • St Paul, Minn., June 19-21, Back to the ’50s
  • Des Moines, Iowa, July 3-5, Goodguys 24th Heartland Nationals
  • Columbus, Ohio, July 10-12, Goodguys18th PPG Nationals
  • Syracuse, N.Y., July 17-19, Syracuse Nationals
  • Louisville, Ky., Aug. 6-9, NSRA Street Rod Nationals
  • West Valley, Utah, Sept. 10-12, Ultimate Air Affair
  • Englishtown, N.J., Sept. 19, Diesel Nationals
  • Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 2-4, Goodguys 23rd Lone Star Nationals
  • Biloxi, Miss., Oct. 8-10, Cruisin’ the Coast
  • Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 20-22, Goodguys 18th Southwest Nationals

Events and appearances are subject to change.


James Hetfield, Lead Singer of Metallica, is the proud owner of The Black Pearl painted by Darryl Hollenbeck.  Winner of the Goodguys 2014 Custom Car of the Year,  The Black Pearl features a luscious deep black offering a perfect contrast to the brushed brass trim.  For more information about this build click here.

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Paul Gage, Director of the I-CAR Collision Repair Program at FTCC
Paul Gage, director of the I-CAR Collision
Repair program at FTCC, in front of the new
collision center

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – January 27, 2015 – PPG Automotive Refinish has been heavily involved in a ground-breaking associate degree program in collision repair and refinishing technology at Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) in Fayetteville, N.C. On Feb. 4, PPG, along with other collision industry leaders, will celebrate the dedication of a new, state-of-the-art, 25,000-square-foot collision center that houses the program on the FTCC campus.

The first of its kind in the nation, the FTCC program is a direct response to the critical shortage of qualified collision repair technicians. Auto manufacturers are using highly advanced technology in their operations, and the collision industry has not been able to keep up with the demand for technicians. It is estimated that more than 180,000 repair-related positions will need to be filled in the next few years. The FTCC program has been designed to help fill the gap.

The new collision center and the program represent a shift, fully supported by PPG, that brings the repair industry in line with the innovative processes, advanced materials and sophisticated computer engineering automotive manufacturers are using. Students are instructed by repair industry professionals and work in a real-world environment with newer cars and new equipment not yet found in many collision centers in North America. This includes PPG’s waterborne systems and spray equipment.

FTCC’s two-year program offers training in a number of collision repair disciplines. The first class began in August 2014. A new group of students starts a two-year career path every eight weeks. Students may follow one of three tracks: estimator, nonstructural technician or refinish technician. Course offerings include nonstructural cosmetic repairs, aluminum and steel welding techniques, and cutting-edge refinish processes along with repair estimating, shop operations, insurance procedures and advanced computer applications. The last step of the program comprises a hands-on final exam sequence in the new collision center administered by professional collision repair managers. Students have ongoing opportunities to interact with industry leaders. Those completing the program will earn an associate degree in applied science as well as more than a dozen I-CAR (Conference for Automotive Collision Repair), PPG and other industry certifications. Graduates will be job-ready with most already holding offers before the end of their training.

“This is a remarkably robust program and a genuine opportunity for students interested in a career in the collision repair industry,” said Bryan Robinson, PPG North American manager, national accounts. “We at PPG knew from the program’s inception how important it could be to the industry. We were happy to participate and provide our waterborne products because they’re a big part of the future of refinish work. The program’s going to benefit the entire industry and take the quality of work and service to a higher level. We’re very proud to be part of it.”

Located next to Fort Bragg, FTCC is an educational partner with the military facility and the 60,000 personnel on base. Veterans or National Guard members make up 60 percent of FTCC’s student body. These individuals will now have a new career avenue in their transition to civilian life.

To ensure that the program curriculum meets current and future industry requirements, FTCC has teamed up with national industry leaders including PPG, I-CAR, the North Carolina Business Committee for Education and others. Industry representatives help guide the program and keep it relevant.

To learn more about PPG training courses, call (800) 647-6050 or visit the PPG Automotive Refinish website at www.ppgrefinish.com. For more about Fayetteville Technical Community College and the associate degree program in collision repair and refinishing technology, go to www.faytechcc.edu.


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