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Visions for continuous improvement carved in sand
Visions for continuous improvement carved in sand

August 27, 2015

Imagine you’re standing in front of a pile of sand. You’re given a trowel, shovels and various carving tools and asked to show your vision for the company's continuous improvement in 2016. What would you build?

Ascend safety expert recognized for contributions to Texas Fire Training Schools
Ascend safety expert recognized for contributions to Texas Fire Training Schools

August 05, 2015

Retired Ascend team member Jerry Perkins didn’t just like teaching – he loved teaching. Perkins taught as a guest instructor at the Texas Fire Training Schools, and his dedication to safety instruction is now etched in stone. Perkins’ name has been added to the Guest Instructors’ Memorial at Brayton Firemen Training Field in College Station.

Inspiring everyday: For Mimi Smith, “The customer is No. 1.”
Inspiring everyday: For Mimi Smith, “The customer is No. 1.”

July 29, 2015

Those five words are at the heart of everything Smith does as the quality manager at Ascend’s Foley plant. She believes in doing things the right way because it’s good for the company and its customers. She routinely goes beyond expectations to ensure that customers are happy with our service and products. She is never satisfied with good enough.

Ascend Cares Foundation awards scholarships to five graduates
Ascend Cares Foundation awards scholarships to five graduates

July 24, 2015

The Ascend Cares Foundation has awarded scholarships to five children of Ascend employees in Alabama, Florida and Texas. Each winner will receive a $2,000 college scholarship. The students were selected by Ascend Cares, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed and funded by Ascend Performance Materials, based on their records of community service and maintenance of at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Tom Kitko retires after 40 successful years at Ascend’s Decatur plant
Tom Kitko retires after 40 successful years at Ascend’s Decatur plant

July 07, 2015

Tom Kitko had barely taken off his cap and gown when a career opportunity came knocking. That’s how quickly he landed his first job working at Ascend’s Decatur plant after receiving his mechanical engineering degree from Penn State in 1975. Kitko was hired on June 16 as a development engineer, and never considered leaving the company – until now. After 40 years, several promotions, and many recognition awards, he has decided to retire. The Decatur team celebrated his tenure with cake and gifts during a retirement luncheon on June 26, his last day.

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

June 22, 2015

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

June 03, 2015

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.

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