We’re a chemical company that helps our partners make a difference in the world.

We challenge ourselves to develop chemistries that simplify, advance and optimize life in every way.

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A story of progress.

In 1957, we set out to use sodium borohydride chemistry as a catalyst to make life better. Over the course of 61 years we’ve become one of the world’s leading providers of specialty chemicals for a variety of industries. Our commitment to quality inspired us to build a world-class production plant in Elma, Washington, allowing us to meet our strict standards at a large scale. Every day we develop solutions to improve the way our clients create their products, making what they do easier, safer and more efficient.

'37

Metal Hydride, Inc. established, becoming the seed for Ascensus.

'57

First commercial production of sodium borohydride in Danvers, MA.

'76

Thiokol acquires the sodium borohydride business and a manufacturing plant is built in Elma, WA to streamline production.

'82

Morton International, Inc. merges with Thiokol to join forces.

'95

Dry sodium borohydride production expands in Elma, Washington to support growth.

'99

Rohm and Haas merges with Morton International, another step in the right direction.

'09

Dow and Rohm and Haas merge.

'15

Wind Point Partners acquires the sodium borohydride business from Dow, and Vertellus Performance Chemicals is formed.

'18

Vertellus Performance Chemicals evolves into what is now Ascensus. Our facility in Elma, Washington expands once again to support the growth.

Today we serve a variety of global clients to help them consistently manufacture their products with simplicity and confidence.

Our founding principles.

We don’t wait for opportunities.

We’re constantly challenging ourselves to find new chemicals that can help companies do what they do better.

We’re dedicated at every step.

We work with our customers to make sure our chemicals are exactly what they need, because every detail makes a difference.

We respect people and the planet.

From how we treat our employees and partners to how we manage our facilities and manufacturing practices, we never cut corners.

Proudly made in America.

Our world-class, ISO-certified site located in the great state of Washington produces essentially zero waste, powered by 75% hydroelectricity. Strategically located for west coast shipping lanes, we’re capable of supplying products around the globe. Driven by a relentless focus on efficiency we’ve increased our Sodium Borohydride production output by 3x over the years. Made in the USA, trusted by the world.

Manufacturing Mobile

Our world-class, ISO-certified site located in the great state of Washington produces essentially zero waste, powered by 75% hydroelectricity. Strategically located for west coast shipping lanes, we’re capable of supplying products around the globe. Driven by a relentless focus on efficiency we’ve increased our Sodium Borohydride production output by 3x over the years. Made in the USA, trusted by the world.

Our pillars of partnership.

Highest level of quality.

We are dedicated to excellence in all things, from the care we put into our chemistries to the way we handle our chemicals.

Read more in our Quality Policy
Strict codes of conduct.

Internally with our team and externally with our partners we are guided by a code that ensures safety and delivers exactly what our partners need.

Read our Buyer Values
Read our Code of Business Conduct
Collaboration at the center.

Our motivation has always been to work closely with our partners to develop even better products and processes to enhance people's lives now and in the future.

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Meet our leadership team.

Mike Huff
President and CEO
Mike Huff
Craig Wien
VP & CFO of Ascensus Specialties
Craig Wien
Gene Shields
Chief Information Officer
Gene Shields
Mario Sandoval
VP of Operations and Supply Chain
Mario Sandoval
Guy Windey
VP of Sales and Marketing
Guy Windey
James D. Beerbower
Elma Site Director
James D. Beerbower
Global Headquarters

2821 Northup Way, Suite 275
Bellevue, WA 98004
Direct +1.425.448.1679
Toll Free +1.888.797.9362

Manufacturing Plant

4800 State Route 12
Elma, WA 98541

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