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PPG INDUSTRIES: GREENSBURG CONTRACT VOTE SET, PLANT REMAINS 'VULNERABLE'

 PITTSBURGH, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Acceptance of a proposed labor contract for hourly employees at PPG Industries' (NYSE: PPG) Greensburg, Pa., automotive replacement windshield plant by the Aluminum, Brick and Glass Workers International Union (ABG), subject to a ratification vote, is "encouraging," a company official said.
 "We look forward to putting the present dispute behind us and resuming plant operations," said Russell L. Crane, vice president of human resources.
 "However," he added, "it is important for employees to understand that, regardless of whether the three-year labor contract is accepted, difficult conditions in the replacement windshield business place the Greensburg plant at risk. Chances of plant employment being restored to levels common several years ago are remote.
 "The plant's future will be determined by competitive factors that have made the facility vulnerable for some time," Crane said. "Employees have been kept informed about these circumstances, which are also reflected in reduced staffing levels we have had to implement during the past few years."
 Greensburg plant employees represented by Local 168-G of the ABG have been on strike since May 8, after impasse was reached in contract negotiations. Yesterday, the union informed PPG of its tentative acceptance of the contract offered by the company prior to the strike.
 The plant employs about 320 people, including 260 represented by the ABG local, and began operation in 1954.
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 /CONTACT: John S. Ruch of PPG Industries, 412-434-2445/
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