USALCO appoints John Sobchak CFO, Jason James COO
Baltimore, MD (USA) – February 17, 2021 – USALCO, LLC (“USALCO” or the “Company”), a leading producer of high-quality aluminum-based chemicals used in water treatment and refinery catalyst manufacturing, has appointed John Sobchak as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Jason James as Chief Operations Officer (COO).
“We welcome John and Jason to USALCO as we continue to grow the business,” said Ken Gayer, USALCO CEO. “John and Jason bring decades of chemical industry expertise and significantly strengthen our ability to serve customers and scale the Company.”
John Sobchak has served as the CFO of public and private equity sponsored chemical companies for the last 20 years. Most recently, John served as CFO of Gelest, a specialty silicones and silanes producer recently sold to Mitsubishi Chemical Company. Prior to Gelest, John was CFO of AMPAC Fine Chemicals, an H.I.G. Capital portfolio company that was sold to S.K. Holdings.
Jason James most recently served as Sr. VP of Operations at Covanta and prior to that was VP of the integrated supply chain for Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT) division with a global network of over 100 manufacturing and distribution facilities and ten billion in revenues.
USALCO has demonstrated a strong track record of growth throughout its history, which has continued following H.I.G. Capital’s strategic investment in USALCO in June 2020. USALCO acquired AlChem Specialties, LLC and CalCHEM Specialties, LLC in December 2020.
Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, USALCO supplies high-quality products with best-in-class service and industry-leading research and development to design solutions that meet its customers’ individual needs and ever-changing regulatory requirements. USALCO operates a network of eleven plants across the United States and an extensive logistics platform.
About H.I.G. Capital
H.I.G. is a leading global private equity and alternative assets investment firm with $43 billion of equity capital under management.* Based in Miami, and with offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta in the U.S., as well as international affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Bogotá, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, H.I.G. specializes in providing both debt and equity capital to small and mid-sized companies, utilizing a flexible and operationally focused/ value-added approach. Since its founding in 1993, H.I.G. has invested in and managed more than 300 companies worldwide. The firm’s current portfolio includes more than 100 companies with combined sales in excess of $30 billion. For more information, please refer to the H.I.G. website at www.higcapital.com.
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