Ascend’s Cantonment Plant Adding 102 Jobs

September 23, 2011

A local industry will add over 100 jobs and  invest $50 million into their Cantonment plant.

Ascend Performance materials will 102 jobs over a three year period to its nylon manufacturing plant on Old Chemstrand Road. The plant’s annual payroll will eventually increase by $5.61 million, with the average salary for each of the new jobs at $55,000.

Ascend, formerly known as Solutia,  received an incentive package worth just over $1 million as part of the expansion from a 10 year exemption from ad valorem taxes, tax rebates and economic development grants from the state.

The plant’s manager says the company is excited about the growth opportunities for the company and the community.

There are currently about 750 employees at the Cantonment facility.


6 Responses to “Ascend’s Cantonment Plant Adding 102 Jobs”

  1. Jerry on July 8th, 2014 7:53 pm

    My wife & I worked there in 1959-1966. Great place to work.

  2. BarrineauParkDad on September 24th, 2011 1:02 pm

    I have nearly 20 years in at the Pensacola site. I have to say it is still a great place to work. Its not what it was 15+ years ago, but if you apply yourself and contribute, you will have a rewarding career and will make good money.

    The Solutia days were in no way the good ole days. Working at a chemical plant ran by lawyers was not fun. S&K Partners is a group of investors who have come from the chemical and other industries and understands the business.

    We are currently producing and selling more pounds than ever before. We are even converting and/or selling side streams, once considered waste. If you are willing to work hard, learn new skills and contribute, please apply. If you just want to show up, put in your time and get a paycheck, do us all a favor and stay home. The days of showing up and having your co-workers carry you are long gone.

    BPD for “Being Safe, Doing Great Things and Having Fun”

  3. Everett on September 24th, 2011 2:08 am

    When I worked there 17 years ago there were six thousand employees (Monsanto then Solutia) at that site. So 102 added to the 750 or so is not that big of a deal overall or even a small dent to the local economy. Don’t bother applying as most jobs are probably promised to friends and family members already there.

    Ascend is also a privately owned company. There is no public stocks available to local investors like it was with Monsanto and Solutia. If there were stocks open to the public that by itself would help boolster the local economy. Several hundred million shares of stock were traded daily when Solutia was at it’s peak. There is no connection to Solutia or Monsanto anymore. S & K partners is the primary owners made up of private investors. Once the investors make what money they need, they will dump this place like 2 day old fish.

    As a private company Ascend is obligated to disclose any of their business practices to the public.

    There are some great folks that work at the Ascend plant. Although I’m no longer employed there I still think of some of them as family. I’ll run into someone from there on occasion and we will talk about the good old days of Monanto and Solutia.

  4. biff on September 23rd, 2011 10:15 pm

    so where do we apply and when are they going to start hiring i see ads all day long bt when u send your resume and call about them they say we have it on file .they can say they want to hire people lets see if they do.

  5. Rick on September 23rd, 2011 4:41 pm

    Great news for our area! I hope this would start a trend of bringing back industrial manufacturing jobs to the pan handle.

  6. sniper on September 23rd, 2011 10:12 am

    what a pleasant suprize!

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