TROY, MI/ROLLE, Switzerland – PPG Industries has announced plans to restructure two of its business units, closing facilities in the Netherlands and Canada.

The company’s protective and marine coatings business has proposed the closure of its Geldermalsen, the Netherlands, coatings manufacturing facility sometime in 2009. Production will be consolidated with facilities in Amsterdam and Deurne-Borgerhout, Belgium. Sales forces will also be reorganized to offer a single face to customers.

The company’s automotive OEM coatings business will also close its Clarkson, Ontario, Canada, coatings manufacturing facility sometime in mid-2009. PPG will make investments in other existing facilities to continue supporting its North American business and to accommodate increased production volume resulting from the Clarkson closure. The business also plans to eliminate various positions throughout North America, due to significantly lower demand in the marketplace.