NCA makes two key appointments to its growing team


PASADENA -- Nissan Chemical America Corporation’s innovation in the application of nanoparticles to the oilfield continues to demand increased production capacity. To meet that demand, Xavier Ramirez was recently appointed to plant manager of the production plant in Pasadena. In his new role, Xavier is responsible for the safety of all employees, overall operations of the plant, maintenance, quality, and engineering activities.

Before joining NCA in 1997, Xavier oversaw the entire phases of the construction process as a construction manager for the company that built the plant. Upon completion, the owner asked Xavier to stay and help run the plant, thus beginning his career with NCA as its Operations Manager. Since then, he has played a key role in expanding production to keep up with the growing demand for NCA’s well additive, nanoActiv.

“Xavier has not only been here since the beginning; he’s been here since before the plant was even completed! His loyalty is a rare gift to NCA,” says General Manager Drake Toombs. “His knowledge of the business and disciplined work ethic are great assets that will continue to pay dividends.”

Moving forward, Xavier’s goal is to ensure the safety of all of NCA’s employees, efficiently develop quality products, and guide overall improvement across the company.

In addition, NCA recently named Rebecca Vanderslice to the role of quality and environmental manager of its Pasadena production plant. Rebecca oversees quality control and ensures the company’s operations are conducted in an environmentally responsible manner.

Rebecca completed her degree in chemistry at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Before joining NCA, she spent three years as a quality assurance chemist for production activities at Chusei USA in Pasadena. While working with Chusei USA, Rebecca had the opportunity to meet several Nissan employees during the construction of NCA’s Pasadena plant. “I asked for a job with Nissan because I wanted the opportunity to join a company that I could grow with,” says Rebecca. “NCA afforded the support of an established company but with the small size and growth potential of a startup.”

In 1998, she joined NCA as its quality manager. Since then, she has made sure that the company lives up to the highest standards of quality and environmental compliance.  

“NCA has always striven for excellence. When Becky joined the team, she took the business’ focus on quality to the next level,” says Director of Operations Keith Pace. “As an experienced member of our team, her role is essential for the continued success of an environmentally-conscious line of nanoActiv products.”

Moving forward, Becky looks to continuously improve all of NCA’s management systems to the benefit of its employees, customers, and corporation.

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