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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.

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

May 19, 2015

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

April 16, 2015

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

April 14, 2015

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

April 09, 2015

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

March 13, 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.

Ascend Chemicals Technology Leader Named to University Advisory Board
Ascend Chemicals Technology Leader Named to University Advisory Board

November 20, 2014

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.

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

October 31, 2014

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.


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