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PPG distributor donates pink tugboat paint to increase breast cancer awareness

Fleet of Moran tugboats features pink M with PPG marine coating from Armorica Sales

PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) distributor Armorica Sales, Staten Island, New York, donated PITT-TECH® Plus marine coating to Moran Towing Corporation, New Canaan, Connecticut, enabling the company to change the signature white “M” on its entire fleet of 100 tugboats to Tickled Pink to help promote breast cancer awareness during October.

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 31, 2014 – For more than 130 years, Moran Towing Corporation’s fleet of tugboats had been recognized for the signature white “M” painted on their stacks. This October, company President Ted Tregurtha and a donation of PITT-TECH® Plus marine paint from PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) distributor Armorica Sales collaborated to adorn the well-known industry emblem in pink on 100 tugboats to promote breast cancer awareness.

The idea for the pink M’s took root when a Moran employee asked Tregurtha for approval to paint one on a single tugboat to honor a family member. When the company president floated the idea to other Moran ports, he said the response was so overwhelming that he authorized it for the company’s entire fleet of tugboats, which are used to push barges and guide ships in waters from New Hampshire to Texas.

Armorica Sales, a longtime distributor of PPG protective and marine coatings based in Staten Island, New York, donated the coating after owners Mike Anderson and John Tretout received an order for Pitt-Tech Plus paint in Tickled Pink from Larry Bencivenga, Moran’s port engineer. Once Anderson and Tretout discovered the awareness-promotion idea behind the purchase, they volunteered to cover the cost of the material.

“They are good customers, and we thought it was a good idea to support them,” Anderson explained. “It’s a great cause, and we were happy to do anything we could to help.”

The Tickled Pink name belies the toughness of Pitt-Tech Plus paint, which helps protect Moran’s tugboat fleet from damage caused by exposure to water, salt, humidity and abrasion from contact with other boats. Even in difficult marine environments, Pitt-Tech Plus paint holds color without fading, which is especially important for Moran’s tugboats because the white “M” has been part of the company’s identity for more than a century.

Pitt-Tech Plus paint is a 100-percent acrylic industrial enamel that provides excellent corrosion protection and chemical and solvent resistance for direct-to-metal (DTM) applications.

PPG is a world leader in protective and marine coatings. Its products protect customers’ assets in some of the world’s most demanding conditions and environments, such as projects in energy, infrastructure and marine markets.

For more information about Pitt-Tech Plus paint and PPG’s entire line protective and marine coatings, visit www.ppgpmc.com/northamerica or call 1-888-9PPG-PMC (977-4762).

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Jamie Cowden
PPG Protective and Marine Coatings