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Ascend debuts at No. 5 on the Chronicle 100
Ascend debuts at No. 5 on the Chronicle 100

Ascend Performance Materials debuted at number five on the list of top privately held businesses in the Chronicle 100, the Houston Chronicle’s annual ranking of companies headquartered in the area based on annual revenue. The article, published in a special section on June 21, 2015, called Ascend “poised for growth” and highlighted the company's focus on the automotive segment and specialty chemicals and status as the “the 56th-largest exporter in the country.”

Inspiring everyday: Ascend’s Matt Chapman gives back both on and off the job
Inspiring everyday: Ascend’s Matt Chapman gives back both on and off the job

Matt Chapman sees helping others as part of everyday life. As part of the Greenwood plant’s community activities committee, two years ago Matt presented the idea to work on a Habitat for Humanity project. Ascend Cares was delighted to help fund the project, and after recruiting volunteers, Matt led the effort to help a family build a new home. And build a new life. We admire his passion for helping people. It sparks a passion in us all.

DSM and Ascend form global strategic alliance for supply of polyamide 66 compounds
DSM and Ascend form global strategic alliance for supply of polyamide 66 compounds

Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Material Sciences company, and Ascend Performance Materials Inc., the premium provider of high-quality chemicals, fibers and plastics, announce that they have formed a global strategic alliance for the supply of compounds based on polyamide 66 (PA66). Under the agreement, Ascend becomes the strategic supplier to DSM for PA66 base-polymer used as raw material for Akulon® PA66 compounds for engineering plastics applications. In addition, DSM will distribute Ascend's portfolio of PA66 compounds sold under the brand name Vydyne®.

One plant’s way to focus on safety, reduce injuries and boost employee engagement: Stretching
One plant’s way to focus on safety, reduce injuries and boost employee engagement: Stretching

Six years ago when Ascend's Foley, Alabama, plant experienced an unusual spike in sprain and strain injuries, plant manager Tom Boggs took swift action to do something about it. He turned to the company’s occupational health manager, Lee Dillow, for help, and together they formed a team that worked with a chiropractor to create a stretching program. “We have to strengthen and train our bodies just like real athletes if we want to have the best safety results in the workplace,” Dillow said.

Ascend Names Phil McDivitt Nylon Business President
Ascend Names Phil McDivitt Nylon Business President

Phil will lead Ascend’s global nylon business--which includes three manufacturing sites and approximately 1,800 team members--from the company’s headquarters in Houston and will serve on the Ascend leadership team, reporting to CEO Fred Poses.

Ascend recognized for clean H2O
Ascend recognized for clean H2O

Ascend’s Greenwood plant has received its third consecutive gold award for stellar performance in wastewater treatment compliance, cementing its reputation as a good corporate steward of the environment.

Visit Ascend at NPE 2015
Visit Ascend at NPE 2015

Ascend Performance Materials is excited be exhibiting at NPE 2015 from March 23-27 in Orlando, Florida. Members of our sales, management, technical and communications teams will be available to discuss our products and offerings at booth S12055.

Lynn Crear Named Board Member of Ascend Cares Foundation
Lynn Crear Named Board Member of Ascend Cares Foundation

Ascend Performance Materials announced today that Lynn Crear has joined the board of directors of the Ascend Cares Foundation. Ascend Cares is the privately held non-profit foundation of Ascend Performance Materials Operations LLC, a premium provider of high-quality chemicals, fibers and plastics. Crear is a business unit leader at the Ascend manufacturing plant in Alvin, Texas. She joined the company in 1998 as a manufacturing engineer at the Pensacola, Florida, plant, where she led adipic acid production. She holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.

Fakuma Tradeshow
Fakuma Tradeshow

September 29, 2014

Ascend Performance Materials will be at the Fakuma tradeshow in Friedrichshafen, Germany on October 14-18.  Come see us at pavilion B5, booth 5122.

The story of inspiring everyday™
The story of inspiring everyday™

June 11, 2014

Malcolm O’Neal, Human Resources Vice President, shares news of Ascend’s efforts regarding the definition of the company’s brand as we turn five years old, as well as the importance of branding to the company moving forward.

Day of “Doing Good”
Day of “Doing Good”

June 11, 2014

Day of “Doing Good”—Last week, small groups of employees at all six U.S.-based sites were given $1,000 and told to do good in the community that day.  Watch this video to see what happened.


Ascend team member helps rescue driver trapped in wrecked car, ensures colleagues also are prepared

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