Ascend Performance Materials Growing Greenwood County Operations
Dec 21, 2018 04:03PM
By Kathleen Maris
Ascend Performance Materials (Ascend), a global provider of high-quality fibers, chemicals, and plastics, is expanding its Greenwood County operations once again. To accommodate the company’s continued growth, Ascend is investing $35.2 million, creating 30 new jobs.
With six manufacturing plants in the southeastern United States and Europe and more than 3,200 employees and contractors around the world, Ascend is a global leader in the production of nylon 6/6 fibers, resins, and compounds. The company supplies a wide range of industries and applications, from apparel to airbags, cable ties to circuit boards, and carpets to car parts.
Located at 1515 Highway 246 South in Greenwood, S.C., Ascend plans to upgrade several lines in early 2019 to increase capacity of nylon polymer production. Last year, the company added 24 million pounds of staple fiber production capacity at the facility.
“The polymer we make at Ascend in Greenwood forms the building blocks for things we use every day, from air bags to high-end carpet to tennis balls,” said Hal McCord, senior site director. “Thanks to the hard work of our employees and the support of leaders in Greenwood County and South Carolina, this expansion will allow us to increase our polymer production by 50 percent, creating more jobs for local residents.”