Sasse to build Brightmark’s Ashley team, manage daily plant operations

ASHLEY, Ind. – Brightmark, the global waste solutions leader, today announced that it has hired Indiana native Jason Sasse as the plant manager for its Ashley, Indiana plastics renewal plant. Once fully operational in the coming months, the new advanced plastic recycling plant will convert 100,000 tons of post-use plastics per year into useful products like fuels and wax, with Jason at the helm of the Ashley team.

As plant manager, Jason will focus on implementing, facilitating, and maintaining the safe operation of the Brightmark Ashley Plastics Renewal Facility. Jason comes to Brightmark with more than 25 years of experience in chemical manufacturing, supporting the safe production of specialty chemicals and gases used in everything from daily products to liquid hydrogen used in space shuttle launches. Most recently, he led a multi-million-dollar capital expansion project for a chemical plant, from original scope development through design, construction, and startup.

“Jason is a seasoned leader with a track record of building and leading high performing, inclusive teams that prioritize safety at plants like ours,” said Bob Powell, CEO of Brightmark. “We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber to help get Brightmark up and running in Ashley.”

Jason Sasse

Sasse’s hiring comes as the company ramps up testing at the new facility, where it is now producing plastic pellets from plastics that are traditionally impossible to recycle. Those pellets will later be transformed into ultra-low sulphur diesel, naphtha blends, and commercial wax via Brightmark’s proprietary plastics renewal process. The company is actively hiring for additional recycling jobs in Northeast Indiana.


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Jamie Nolan