Tracy Forstner believes in safety first. That’s why he always keeps a small device called Resqme in his truck’s console. He bought the device nearly seven years ago and, thankfully, never had to use it – until last year. Now he's arranged for all Ascend employees to receive one of the potentially life-saving tools.
- Press Releases
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.”
Houston IT team members on June 8 surprised Tillis with the award at a celebration of his graduation from Phillis Wheatley High School. The award, funded entirely by donations from Houston team members, will help pay for his expenses at Texas A&M University in the fall.
On June 4, Ascend’s Chocolate Bayou plant received the Distinguished Safety Service and Zero Contractor Incident Rate awards, as well as one of the top Caring for Texas awards. Ascend competes with more than 500 chemical companies – facilities with more than 500 employees and contractors – for these awards.
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.
Gopal will lead the global technology team from Ascend's headquarters in Houston and serve on the Ascend nylon leadership team, reporting to Phil McDivitt, president of Ascend's nylon business.
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®.
Ascend will showcase new offerings in the automotive, consumer and industrial, electrical and electronic, cable ties and compounders sectors and share plans to expand its global reach.
This marks the sixth consecutive year Ascend has been honored by the rail transportation company CSX.
The event brings together leading international trade practitioners to discuss the latest changes to trade regulations and to share business best practices.
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.
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.
Carole Wendt, Ascend’s vice president of global procurement and CPO, shared her insights on nylon 6,6 derivative market growth and how to identify niche market opportunities to capitalize on supply demand at the 2nd Annual Propane to Propylene Markets Summit in Houston on April 1-2.
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.
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.
This new capability for loading and delivery of Acrylonitrile by railcar, tanker truck and ISO container throughout North America complements Ascend’s previously existing barge and ship (export) delivery capability. Ascend is now proceeding with customer trials and deliveries throughout North America.
Michael P. Harold, Ph.D., the M.D. Anderson Professor and Department Chair of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston, has named Soundar Ramchandran, the senior director of technology – chemicals at Ascend Performance Materials, to department’s advisory board.
Ascend Performance Materials has announced a new partnership with Channel Prime Alliance de Mexico, naming CPA de Mexico as a new distributor of its PA66 Vydyne® product line. Members of both companies’ sales and marketing teams will be available to discuss the collaboration at the Plastimagen Mexico conference November 18-21.
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.
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.
September 26, 2014
Ascend Performance Materials recognized for its whole-health wellness program by Virgin Pulse Life Changers. These awards recognize and showcase companies that have changed their employees’ lives for good and made their companies better by making employee engagement, health, and well-being a priority.
July 22, 2014
Ascend's Michael Martin, total wellness director, talks about the importance of providing employees access to professional financial planners as part of the company's commitment to employees' financial wellness.
July 21, 2014
Eastman Chemical Company presented Ascend Performance Materials with their 2013 Excellence Award at a July 8 ceremony in our Pensacola, Fla., facility.
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.
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.