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Ascend Performance Materials Overview

Houston, TX
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

Working at Ascend Performance Materials

Ascend Performance Materials is a global leader in the production of high-quality chemicals, fibers and plastics. Our products are used in thousands of everyday items, from apparel to animal feed, cable ties to circuit breakers, carpets to car parts. We have five manufacturing ... Read more

Mission: To provide primary products and services that inspire the success of the company, our team members, our customers and our communities.

Ascend Performance Materials – Why Work For Us?

If you are looking for a career with one of the plastics industry’s most enlightened employers, Ascend Performance Materials offers an opportunity to develop a true sense of fulfillment and pride in your achievements.

Ascend provides an exciting platform from which you, your family and your community will benefit. You'll become a trusted member of an interdependent and safe working environment where your opinions and ideas will be encouraged and respected, regardless of your position. Working alongside a diverse range of renowned technical experts on a continuous stream of industry-leading products and technologies, you’ll find a wide variety of opportunities within our growing business for both learning and career development.

Our culture is built on a strong set of core values that foster innovation and collaboration across every level of the organization. It is a culture grounded in open relationships between every member of the Ascend team. All of this is driven by an inspirational leadership team, intently focused on maximizing the new investment in the business.

The essence of our organization is embodied in the words “inspiring everyday,” and we have built a strong and confident business with performance at its core. It will be challenging but holistically rewarding and will enable you to achieve your personal and professional aspirations.

Ascend is an organization that genuinely seeks to inspire our people to inspire others. We believe this gives Ascend a higher purpose, making it a unique work environment for you to consider when choosing career options.

Premium provider of high-quality chemicals, fibers and plastics.

We’re committed to innovation and focused on quality.

As Ascend Performance Materials’ product range has earned us an unequalled reputation for quality, so our people have become renowned for their enlightened approach to business.  Every day we deliver optimum value for our customers, inspiring others by expanding the horizons of possibility. 

Ascend Performance Materials is a global leader in the production of Nylon 6,6.

We have a long history in the manufacture of Nylon 6,6. In the 1950’s, Monsanto formed its Chemicals Division, which included the production of Nylon 6,6. In 1997, Monsanto spun off its Chemicals Division to form Solutia Inc. On June 1, 2009, SK Capital Partners, a private investment firm, purchased Solutia’s Integrated Nylon business and established Ascend Performance Materials LLC. SK Capital Partners has assembled a strong executive team with deep industry roots, and a commitment to the Nylon 6,6 market.

Our world scale manufacturing facilities are fully integrated, meaning we have complete ownership of the technology used to make Nylon 6,6. This gives us the flexibility to respond to the expanding needs of our customers. We are more focused than ever before on our customers – to understanding their unique challenges in the market, to developing product solutions that address their market needs, and to providing excellent customer and technical service. We are committed to the Nylon 6,6 market, our valued customers, and to our position as a reliable supplier of high quality Nylon 6,6 products.

Intermediate Chemicals

  • Acrylonitrile (AN)

Ascend operates the largest acrylonitrile production plant in the world at our Chocolate Bayou facility near Alvin, Texas

  • Adipic Acid (AA)

Our high-purity adipic acid is available in several grades, including food grade

  • Adiponitrile (ADN)

We ship ADN from our world-scale facility in Decatur, Alabama, via our established, efficient global distribution network

  • Hexamethylene Diamine (HMD)

Ascend produces HMD in two world-scale facilities in Pensacola, Florida, and Decatur, Alabama


  • Compounding feedstock

Feedstock grades are formulated to balance integration of additives with final flow characteristics and mechanical properties

  • Extrusion Grade

Vydyne higher-molecular weight polyamide 66 resins are designed for improved melt strength, abrasion resistance, and toughness

  • Fiber Spinning

Practically every type of nylon 66 fiber spinning process today is using one of Ascend's products

  • General Purpose Injection Molding

These non-reinforced PA66 resins are designed for injection molding applications requiring fundamental engineering properties


  • Carpet Fiber
  • Industrial Fiber
  • Technical Fiber


  • Glass Reinforced
  • Ignition Resistant
  • Impact Modified
  • Mineral Filled

Specialty Chemicals

  • FlexaTrac™ – Acid & Esters
  • FlexaTram™ – Amines
  • FlexaTril™ – Nitriles
  • Signature Brands

Part of being a good company is being a good neighbor.

The Ascend Cares Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by team members of Ascend Performance Materials and financed by individual contributions and company funds.

Founded in 2011 after a tornado outbreak in northern Alabama impacted Ascend’s team members and their families near our Decatur, Alabama facility, the Ascend Cares Foundation provides financial support to team members in crisis and supports the communities in which we operate.

In recent years, the Ascend Cares Foundation and Ascend team members have contributed across all our company sites:

  • We've awarded more than $50,000 in scholarship money to the college-bound children of our team members.
  • Team members have pitched in to build Habitat for Humanity homes at our plants in Decatur, Alabama, and Alvin, Texas.
  • Volunteers have supported local food banks through volunteering and donations.

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    I have been working at Ascend Performance Materials full-time (More than 10 years)


    Good Benefits, good co-workers, salary fair,


    Poor work/life balance, too much static between plant sites, poor communication lines.

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Ascend Performance Materials Photos

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Ascend Performance Materials Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at Ascend Performance Materials.


    Phone screening with 21 behavioral and situational questions. I tuned out after I told the HR Generalist my 5 year goal and her response was "....and you think that's going to happen in 5 years?" Well with that attitude, I won't be getting anywhere at Ascend Performance Materials with that kind of leadership and guidance. No thanks.

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Ascend Performance Materials Awards & Accolades

  • Ascend’s Vydyne used in award-winning fastener, The Society of Plastics Engineers, 2015
  • Ascend Named One of Houston’s Healthiest Employers, Houston Business Journal, 2014

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