Walter M. Sakowicz Joins ASHTA as EVP, Strategy and Business Development

ASHTABULA, Ohio (June 26, 2020) – ASHTA Chemicals Inc., a leading manufacturer of potassium hydroxide (KOH), is pleased to announce that Walter M. Sakowicz has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development.

Sakowicz brings 40 years of chemical industry experience to ASHTA, the majority of which he spent in a number of roles and commercial divisions at PPG Industries, Inc., Axiall Corporation and Westlake Chemical. The new position will leverage his expertise as a seasoned executive in the chlor-alkali industry.

“We’re excited to have someone of Walt’s caliber join us in a leadership role and to help us as we refine our strategy and grow our business,” said ASHTA President and CEO Brad Westfall. “His years of experience in manufacturing, sales and marketing and executive management will be instrumental to help ASHTA evolve and further optimize the experience our customers and partners have with us.”

Sakowicz was Vice-President, Chlor-Alkali and Derivatives, with Axiall, and then with Westlake Chemical after the company acquired Axiall in 2016. Axiall was formed by the merger of the commodity chemicals business unit of PPG Industries, Inc. with Georgia Gulf in 2013. Most recently Sakowicz held executive positions with Old World Industries LLC.

“I’ve known Brad for many years, and have watched him transform ASHTA into a thriving, customer-focused enterprise,” said Sakowicz. “As the company looks toward future growth, I’m excited about the opportunity to help ASHTA further develop as a significant player in the specialty chemical and chlor-alkali space.”

A Pittsburgh native, the new position with ASHTA returns Sakowicz to his hometown. He is a graduate of Penn State University, where he earned a B.S. in chemical engineering.


ASHTA is a leading manufacturer of potassium hydroxide (KOH). The Ashtabula, Ohio-based company is committed to producing and delivering the safest and purest potassium and chlorine-based products in the world.

From our employees and customers to our industry partners and community friends, we are focused on exceeding expectations for reliability, quality and safety, and making every interaction with ASHTA an extraordinary experience.

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