May 16, 2023


Ascent Chemicals Hires Hari Aparajith as Director, New Process Development

Aparajith will lead Engineering and support process development for Ascent Chemicals

OAK BROOK, IL – Ascent Industries Co. (Nasdaq: ACNT) (“Ascent” or the “Company”), an industrials company focused on the production and distribution of industrial tubular products and specialty chemicals, is proud to announce the hiring of Hari Aparajith, Ph.D, MBA, as Director, New Process Development of Ascent Chemicals. Reporting to Ascent Chemicals’ Executive Vice President, John Zuppo III, Aparajith will lead Engineering and support process development to help further grow Ascent Chemicals.  

Having previously worked at Minafin Group, Ascend Performance Materials, Searles Valley Minerals, and ExxonMobil, Aparajith brings over a decade worth of experience to Ascent Chemicals and the leadership team.

“With Hari’s extensive experience in new process development, I look forward to the immediate contributions he will make,” said Ascent Chemicals’ Executive Vice President, John Zuppo III. “Hari’s knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to our team as we look to expand our customer relationships and grow our market share.”

Aparajith will lead a team of four including engineers and Lori Clowdus, Director of R&D for Ascent Chemicals.

“I’m thrilled to join John and the rest of the Ascent Chemicals team,” Aparajith said. “Ascent has a proven record of being a trusted partner within the specialty chemicals world and I look forward to enhancing our product development process to meet our customer’s needs.”

Formerly operating as Synalloy Chemicals, DanChem, CRI Tolling, and Manufacturers Chemicals, Ascent Chemicals now deploys the resources and experiences of its employees across three distinct locations in South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. With six core values including ingenuity, agility, velocity, safety, ownership, and discipline, Ascent Chemicals has become the trusted chemical solution provider for manufacturing customers worldwide.

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