Ascend Performance Materials News

HOUSTON — March 26, 2013 — Ascend Performance Materials has been named one of Houston's Healthiest Employers by the Houston Business Journal.

HOUSTON – January 23, 2013 — Ascend Performance Materials announced today that Tim Ziman, former Vice President of Strategy for Ascend, has been appointed General Manager, Chocolate Bayou Businesses, reporting to Tom Verghese, Vice President Chemicals.

In his new role, Ziman will lead a coordinated effort to create value for Ascend through optimization of emerging opportunities.

“Tim is uniquely qualified for this role, based on his knowledge and involvement at the Chocolate Bayou site over the last three years,” said Tim Strehl, President of Ascend

HOUSTON – January 21, 2013 — Ascend Performance Materials announced today that Kyle McClure has been appointed Treasurer, reporting to Jeff Bird, Chief Financial Officer, for Ascend. In his new role, McClure will be responsible for building good business practices in key areas – capital funding, cash and liquidity management, risk management, credit and treasury operations and controls – and will also contribute to the long-term strategic financial planning for Ascend.

HOUSTON – Dec. 21, 2012 — Ascend announces the recertification of our wildlife sanctuary at our Pensacola plant. The Wildlife at Work recertification was awarded by the Wildlife Habitat Council and is valid for three years. Ascend employee passion and dedication made this achievement possible.

For Sharhonda Owens, Ascend employee who oversees the sanctuary and the recertification process, her passion began as a child when a family friend rescued an orphaned fawn and nursed it back to health.

HOUSTON – January 7, 2013 — Ascend Performance Materials is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Ultron Doc Awards, a symbol of outstanding achievement in product design in the carpet industry. The award is given annually to carpet mills in recognition of their achievement in; originality of pattern, color and texture combination, and broad usability.

HOUSTON – Nov. 1, 2012 – Ascend is pleased to announce that Mayank Kashyap, Ascend process engineer, was honored with the 2012 George Klinzing AIChE Best Ph.D. Thesis Award in Particle Technology. This award is granted by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals.

HOUSTON – November 15, 2012 – The Foley plant of Ascend Performance Materials hosted the ceremonial signing of their Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support on November 12. A Department of Defense agency, ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between service members and their civilian employers. The ceremony represented the first ever company headquarter signing in Alabama.

HOUSTON – October 1, 2012 – U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks, representing the Fifth Congressional District of Alabama, visited the Ascend Decatur, AL site on September 28, 2013. Representative Brooks met briefly with Ascend and Decatur leadership – Tim Strehl, President, Barry Penney, Vice President Integrated Supply Chain, Dale Borths, Vice President Environmental, Safety, Security, Health, and Sam Black, Decatur Plant Manager – to discuss issues important to the Decatur plant as well as the industry, before meeting with employees.

HOUSTON – September 26, 2012 – Ascend Performance Materials announces new compound manufacturing capability to provide high performance compounded products for the Asia market. Ascend is a world class producer of nylon 6,6, and the cooperation is with a recognized leader in the production of specialty compounded products.

HOUSTON – September 21, 2012 — This fall, you may be casting a very important vote for our country – in the 2012 Ultron Doc Awards!

Ascend Performance Materials is pleased to announce the voting period for the 2012 Ultron Doc Awards, a symbol of outstanding achievement in product design in the carpet industry. The award is given annually to carpet mills in recognition of their achievement in:

HOUSTON – September 19, 2012 — The building of a Habitat for Humanity house is underway at Ascend’s Chocolate Bayou facility. A short ceremony kicked off the construction on Friday, September 14. Tim Strehl, Ascend’s president, and Paul Cartlidge, Ascend’s Chocolate Bayou plant manager, shared their enthusiasm for the build and their appreciation for the many people who have made it possible. Strehl also raved about the news of the day: Ascend celebrates 50 years at Chocolate Bayou!

HOUSTON – July 27, 2012 — Ascend Performance Materials will speak about implementing best practices in a turnaround at the 4th Annual Chem/Petrochem and Refinery Shutdowns and Turnarounds Conference on July 31 to Aug. 2 in New Orleans, La.

HOUSTON – July 13, 2012 — Ascend Performance Material’s plant in Chocolate Bayou was awarded the Caring for Texas Award from the Texas Chemical Council.

“This is the third year in a row the site has received this award thanks to the hard work and dedication of Ascend’s employees,” said Paul Cartlidge, plant manager. “Having our people be recognized on the eve of our 50th anniversary as a site here in Alvin, Texas, is a proud moment for Chocolate Bayou.”

HOUSTON – May 7, 2012 — Five women from Africa visited Ascend’s Pensacola facility on May 2 as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Ascend partnered with the Gulf Coast Diplomacy Council to host the group of five women from Angola, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

HOUSTON – May 2, 2012 — Tim Strehl spoke at a May 1 roundtable discussion on the economic importance of shale gas to our energy future and the growth of the Texas chemical and manufacturing industries.

“We have a vested interest in U.S. natural gas production,” Tim said. “Available and affordable natural gas gives us an advantage in our effort to grow in growing markets around the world.”

HOUSTON – May 3, 2012 — Ascend Performance Materials recently visited with customers at the annual ChinaPlas tradeshow in Shanghai, China.

“Our presence at ChinaPlas enabled us to meet with many customers in a short amount of time,” said Scott Rook, Ascend’s vice president of plastics. “We benefit from the meetings and conversations at the show and are excited about supporting our customers in China and in Asia as they grow their businesses. Thanks to all those who visited the Ascend booth.” 


HOUSTON – April 30, 2012 — Ascend Performance Materials announces the company received a 100 percent rating from PM Plastics on supplier quality, logistics and service.

“We strive for the highest quality and service at Ascend and are proud to be recognized by PM Plastics,” said Paul Leseman, senior account manager for Ascend. “Ascend will continue to uphold our rigorous standards of supplier excellence, because that’s the right way to do business. Being rated so highly by a customer is a real treat.”

HOUSTON – April 23, 2012 — Ascend Performance Materials will speak about implementing best practices in a large turnaround at the Shutdowns Superconference on June 12 and 13 in Houston, Texas.

“The conference has a strong schedule of presenters, and I’m happy to join other manufacturers to share best practices and provide examples of how to run an effective shutdown,” said Sam Harkreader, turnaround lead for Ascend. “Shutdowns have a significant impact on operations, and, at Ascend we are proud of our manufacturing turnaround processes.”

HOUSTON – March 26, 2012 — Ascend was recognized for the third year in a row by CSX as a winner of its Chemical Safety Excellence Award. The annual award honors companies’ commitment to the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail through safe loading and maintenance of rail cars.
To qualify for the 2011 Chemical Safety Excellence Award, customers must have shipped more than 600 carloads of hazardous materials during the year without a non-accidental release.

HOUSTON – September 8, 2011 — The Houston Business Journal revealed the 2011 Best Corporate Counsel winners at an awards dinner on September 7. Mr. Andrew Ralston, general counsel, vice president and secretary for Ascend Performance Materials Operations LLC, was named Best Solo General Counsel.

“Andrew has a keen legal mind, works well with outside counsel and isn’t afraid to ask the tough question,” said Stephen Lee, partner at Porter Hedges LLP, who nominated Ralston.