Being the County’s Top Business Group of Blood Donors is Not Enough for Restek Employees

Restek donors roll up their sleeves every 8 weeks and donate more blood than any other local business, but organizers have their sights set on bigger goals.

Restek’s Mark DePlato is often first in line to donate. In his life, he’s given more than 8 gallons!

On March 13, 2017, when Winter Storm Stella was about to dump more than a foot of snow on Central Pennsylvania, Restek feared they would be forced to cancel their blood drive the following day.

However, in close collaboration with the Red Cross, Restek was able to reschedule the event just two days later—and employees rallied to collect 25 units, which can save as many as 75 lives.

“I never should have panicked because I work with exceptional people who do exceptional things every day,” said AJ Saclyn, a Sales Territory Manager at Restek and the company’s Blood Drive Coordinator.

Every two months for the last 16 years, Restek has held a blood drive with the American Red Cross, with an average of 30 people donating each time. That translates to 180 units per year, making Restek the top business blood drive sponsor in Centre County.

In recognition of this achievement, the Mid Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross awarded Restek with its Business Partnership Award this year.

“This was a no brainer for me; they are truly amazing,” said Laura Merritt, Donor Recruitment Representative for the Greater Alleghenies Blood Region of the American Red Cross. “They’re my number one business in terms of blood drives and collections in this area. The donors are so loyal—they always pull together and have a great drive.”

Carrie Sprout, a Product Manager at Restek, first brought the Red Cross to Restek for a blood drive in 2001. Saclyn took over the program two years ago with ambitions to grow the program even more.

When Saclyn turned 55 last year, he encouraged 55 donors—nearly twice the regular amount of a Restek blood drive—to step up and roll up their sleeves. This year, in honor of winning the Business Partnership Award, the bar was raised to 60 donors for Restek’s May 17th blood drive, and again, employees and their families rose to the challenge. Over a month before the scheduled date, 64 potential donors have filled every scheduled slot!

Interested in getting more information or signing up for a future blood drive at Restek’s Bellefonte, PA, campus? E-mail To learn more about Restek Corporation, visit and to learn about American Red Cross, visit

Restek’s Joe Konschnik Named ILI Board Chairman and Receives ACIL Preston Millar Award

During ACIL’s last annual meeting in St. Louis, Restek Business Development Manager for Food & Agriculture, Joe Konschnik, was named Chairman of the Independent Laboratory Institute’s (ILI) Board of Directors. The previous ILI Chairman, Jim Kuhn, was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors for ACIL (American Council of Independent Laboratories) and chose Joe to replace him on the ILI Board.

ILI is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), scientific educational organization established in 1992 by ACIL; multidisciplined and member-driven, ILI serves the laboratory testing community by offering valuable training and education, administering PT programs, and helping the ACIL community to implement new technologies and methods to advance the testing industry.

Over the past four years, Joe has worked with Mr. Kuhn, in conjunction with Richard Bright (ACIL COO) and Milton Bush (ACIL CEO), to revitalize the ILI Board. “Joe has been instrumental in the success of many initiatives taken on by the ILI Board and various sections of ACIL, so when it came time to find a successor to the ILI Chair position, it was an easy decision to appoint Joe,” commented Kuhn.

Joe also received ACIL’s prestigious Preston Millar award for his service to the Food Sciences Section of ACIL. Jeffrey Abels, chairman of ACIL’s Food Science Section, presented the award noting, “Joe Konschnik has been an integral part of the Section’s efforts to work with FDA in a positive and professional manner to develop new methods for food analysis. Joe has brought ACIL and FDA together in ways that have enhanced our relationship with the Agency and set us in a positive and productive direction for the future.”

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Restek and Skills of Central PA Offer Career Training to High Schoolers with Disabilities

This preemployment program helps students learn skills and explore options so they can find rewarding work after graduation.

Curtis Clouser and Maren Dotoli at Restek’s Founder’s Point fitness facility.

Curtis Clouser loves his job at Restek — the chromatography supplies manufacturer in Bellefonte, PA.

For a half day, three days a week, he leaves Bellefonte High School, where he is a senior, to help keep Restek’s employee wellness center clean and tidy by wiping down all the equipment, cleaning the windows and mirrors, and folding towels. For a young man with disabilities, an opportunity like this is incredibly important for getting a job and helping support himself after graduation.

Curtis is the third student to cycle through Restek from this new preemployment program offered through Skills of Central PA, a nonprofit pioneer in developing comprehensive, community-based programs and services for people with disabilities.

Mike Perlozzo, the wellness coordinator at Restek, said the program is a win-win.

“The program benefits both parties because with him cleaning, we can focus on other things we have to get done during the day,” he said.
Maren Dotoli, a job coach for Skills who works with Curtis when he goes to Restek, said he loves having the responsibility.

“He loves having a job and making money and talks about having a pizza party when he’s finished,” she said. “It’s great to see that enthusiasm and it’s honestly the best part of my job.”

Currently, Skills works with eight students with disabilities from Centre County thanks to a grant from the state’s Office of Vocational Rehab (OVR). The students are paid for 90 hours of work at one location and then transferred to another location to maximize exposure to available options. Elizabeth Koch, a manager at Skills, said any time you can get high school students with disabilities out into the real world, they can better identify what kind of work they prefer to do and are good at.

“Our primary goal is to improve the lives of people with special needs by focusing on their abilities,” she said. “And with this program, we get to see what their skills are so we can help place them in a job they will love after they graduate.”

While Restek and Skills have only been working on this program for a little more than three months, their relationship goes back decades. For more than 20 years, Restek has relied on a partnership with Skills’ industry services warehouse, where adults with disabilities assist with the final assembly of many Restek products.

To learn more about Skills of Central PA, visit 

Restek Employee Fulfills Dream of Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

vladonkilimanjaro_newsWhen you hear the word “peak” at Restek, it is usually in reference to chromatography. However, it took on a whole new meaning recently when Vlad Safyanovskiy, Director of Information Technology, reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, fulfilling a lifelong dream. As a child, Vlad had set a goal of reaching the summit, something he was determined to achieve before the mountain’s glaciers and snow cap melted.

Ascending 4,900 meters from the base to the apex nearly 6,000 meters above sea level is a physically challenging yet greatly rewarding trek. After returning home, Vlad commented that “Kilimanjaro is an inspiration and transformation point for me, both professionally and personally. Once you reach the top, and actually stand there for almost an hour, you understand that what seemed impossible is actually doable.”

In addition to Mount Kilimanjaro, Vlad has climbed Mount Washington (1,917 m) and Mount Kinabalu (4,096 m). Congratulations, Vlad, on another remarkable accomplishment, and thank you for your role in keeping Restek at the top of the chromatography industry!

Restek Breaks Ground on 17,000 Square-Foot Wellness Center for Employees

Restek’s employee-owners ceremoniously broke ground on their new 17,000 square-foot Wellness Center, located on the company’s property in Penn Eagle Industrial Park in Bellefonte, PA.

The center, which the company plans to be using by April 2016, will offer employees and their families year-round recreation activities such as indoor soccer, basketball, yoga, and spinning.

Backed by the Restek Leadership Team, Wellness Center Committee, and founder Paul Silvis, Restek President Bryan Wolcott addresses the company.

Backed by the Restek Leadership Team, Wellness Center Committee, and founder Paul Silvis, Restek President Bryan Wolcott addresses the company.

Restek President Bryan Wolcott said focusing on the health and well-being of its employees is key to the company’s continued success.

“This project is not about a building—this is the beginning of a new era for Restek where we are able to increase our focus on health and wellness. By offering these benefits to employees and their families, we envision a greater energy, productivity, and quality of life,” Wolcott said.

Roger Greene, Restek's Learning & Development Specialist, officially launches the Wellness Center's construction.

Roger Greene, Restek’s Learning & Development Specialist, officially launches the Wellness Center’s construction.

In addition, the new facility will support the business by providing a large indoor space where employees can gather for company meetings and events, and it has also been designed to provide work space in the event of an emergency.

The facility is an extension of the wellness program created by Restek founder Paul Silvis in the late 1980s with nothing but a weight machine and punching bag. In 2004, Restek hired its first full-time wellness coordinator, and in 2005, the official Restek Wellness Program was introduced.

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The employee-owners of Restek.

The employee-owners of Restek.

Kowalski Receives AOAC Expert Review Panel of the Year Award

Julie KowalskiRestek’s Julie Kowalski recently was recognized in an Expert Review Panel of the Year award from AOAC International for her work on the Pesticide Residue Methods panel. During the 129th AOAC International Annual Meeting and Exposition, which was held in Los Angeles in September, Julie and the rest of the panel members were honored for their collective contribution to the evaluation process that ensures candidate methods demonstrate technical merit and reliable performance. For this award, the panel was recognized specifically for evaluating Residues of 653 Multiclass Pesticides and Chemical Pollutants in Tea and promoting it to First Action status, a significant milestone on the path to becoming an official AOAC method.

Julie has been a member of AOAC International for 10 years and this is the second Expert Review Panel on which she has served. In addition, she has served as a member of the Committee of Fellows of AOAC International for several years and is also a member of AOAC International’s Chemical Contaminants and Residues in Food Community. Julie has been with Restek for over 10 years and her work focuses on multiresidue chromatography methods and sample preparation techniques for the food safety industry. Follow Julie’s blog to learn more.

Restek Encourages Bellefonte Middle Schoolers to Think Outside the Beaker

Nearly 30 students will attend an after-school science education program at Penn State, thanks to a donation by the Bellefonte-based business.

For the next five weeks, students from Bellefonte Middle School will participate in Think Outside the Beaker, an after-school science program hosted by Penn State’s Science Outreach Office—thanks to a donation from Restek.

“We’re proud members of the Bellefonte community and are excited to offer this opportunity to our local middle schoolers,” Restek President, Bryan Wolcott, said. “As a technical company, we love science, and we love being able to encourage youth who share our passion!”

On Mondays, from September 21 through October 19, students from grades 6 to 8 will be bused from Bellefonte to nearby Penn State to learn about biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, neuroscience, and more from University scientists, engineers, and students. The program is held yearly by Penn State’s Science-U.

“We’re thrilled to have Restek as a partner in offering this program every fall and are having a blast fostering the next generation of STEM professionals,” Michael Zeman, Director of Science Outreach, said.

By participating in the brand-new workshop miniseries, students will focus on a variety of STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) while improving their critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and communication skills.

For more information, read the coverage by the Centre Daily Times or visit the Science-U website:

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Scott Adams Speaks About Restek® Pure Chromatography at Pittcon 2015

What can Restek® Pure Chromatography and our 30 years of experience in the industry mean for you and your work? Scott Adams, our GC Accessories Product Marketing Manager, explains in this LabTube video from Pittcon 2015.

Scott Adams at Pittcon 2015

Get Your Copy of the 2015 Restek® Pure Chromatography Product Catalog

2015 Restek® Pure Chromatography CatalogWe are excited to announce the release of our 2015 Pure Chromatography product catalog.

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