PPG Industries' research at Harmar could revolutionize how we illuminate our lives

At PPG Industries' research center in Harmar - a place where floor-to-ceiling glass windows and skylights allow natural light to flood the lobby, corridors and employee cafeteria - researchers are working to develop materials for use in new lighting systems that have the potential to slash electricity use in the U.S.   The study of glass, coatings and light come together at the company's Glass Business and Discovery Center -- erected in the 1950s, updated with a gleaming exterior and addition in 1989, but now a prime location for research that could change the commercial buildings of the 21st century.

Inside, there's little hint that PPG has been on a mission to shed some traditional units, including glass, in favor of growing its fast-expanding coatings portfolio and specialty products like Transitions eye lenses.

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