Ascend completes $6.2 mn expansion project in Greenwood, US

Ascend completes $6.2 mn expansion project in Greenwood, US

6:32 AM, 19th August 2017
Ascend completes $6.2 mn expansion project in Greenwood, US
Ascend CEO Phil McDivitt, center, joined by (from left) Hal McCord, Michael Walters, Steve Parnell, Heather Simmons Jones, Sen Floyd Nicholson, Angelle LaBorde and Teresa Powers, during the ribbon cutting on Ascend's new staple fiber production line in Greenwood.

HOUSTON, US: Ascend Performance Materials has marked the completion of Project Staple, a $6.2 million expansion project that added nearly 30 new jobs at the company’s plant in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Project Staple adds 24 million pounds of staple fibre production capacity and consolidates the majority of Ascend’s nylon fibre production in Greenwood. The plant will continue to produce bulked continuous filament, industrial and other fibres in addition to staple, which previously was manufactured in Pensacola, Florida, and Foley, Alabama.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony, Ascend CEO Phil McDivitt described the site as a “fibre centre of excellence,” concentrating the company’s nearly six decades of expertise in one facility.

“Project Staple brings another production line to a plant that has been making fibre for nearly 60 years,” McDivitt said.

McDivitt was joined by many Greenwood community leaders and elected officials, including South Carolina state Sen Floyd Nicholson; Greenwood county manager Toby Chappell; county council chairman Steve Brown; Council vice-chairman Chuck Moates; Councilman Theo Lane; Tyler James of US Rep Jeff Duncan’s office; and Sarah Floyd of South Carolina Rep John R McCravy’s office.

Also attending were Teresa Powers of the South Carolina department of commerce; Heather Simmons Jones, CEO of the Greenwood partnership alliance and Angelle Laborde, president and CEO of Greenwood chamber of commerce.

“This expansion’s success is owed to the hard work of our employees and the support of many partners and leaders in Greenwood and across South Carolina,” McDivitt said.

Sen Nicholson praised Ascend’s commitment to growth. “They are investing in the future to make sure we have good jobs for our community,” he said.

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