Philosophy & Culture

Philosophy & Culture

Restek was founded on the vision of a place where people look forward to coming to work as much as they look forward to going home—a vision of a company whose successes make it a model for others to emulate. Over the years, we've used different words to express what we believe, but the core emphasis on developing our people and building strong teams has never wavered.

The Restek Vision

We will be the people delivering creative solutions that make Restek the customer’s first and best choice for chromatography.

Keys to Success

Plus 1 in everything we do
Plus 1 service means we strive to exceed your expectations, every time you contact us.

Innovate all aspects of our business
Innovative products and processes have been, and always will be, hallmarks of Restek Corporation.

(Do what you say you are going to do, when you say you are going to do it.)
When we make a commitment to deliver a product, technical support, or other needs, and you are depending on us, we will make every effort to meet that commitment in a timely manner.

Core Values

  • Plus 1 in everything we do
  • Mutual Trust and Respect
  • In The Light
  • Constructive Disagreement
  • Fast Failure (learn quickly from mistakes)
  • Celebrate Success
  • Pride in our work
  • Execution and Accountability

We work toward making our Core Values and Expectations of Owners guidelines by which we live our personal lives as well as our business lives. "In The Light" means literally every business decision made at Restek, excepting only salary information, is open to review by any Restek employee.

Because Restek is 100% employee owned, living these values and expectations is mutually beneficial to our customers, our company, and every employee.

True North

We are a family of employees committed to an inclusive, collaborative, and safe workplace that treats everyone with dignity and respect. Together, we are dedicated to the success of our customers and business partners, and to supporting the local communities in which we operate.

Restek's Purpose

Restek provides chromatography solutions that touch people’s lives every day. As employees and owners, we are committed to the long-term independence of Restek to ensure an employee-centric culture, where we all participate in the company’s success. Employees are empowered to make a difference, are challenged to reach their full potential, and are united in sustaining Restek as a truly great place to work.

Quality Policy

Restek employees strive for Quality on Time, Plus 1 Every Time, and Continual Improvement.

Bryan Wolcott
Restek Head Coach

Bryan joined Restek in 1997 as Manufacturing Manager, and moved into the Chief Financial Officer role in 1999. He has served on Restek’s leadership team and was instrumental in Restek’s recent ESOP transaction and the acquisition of Glastron.

Prior to joining Restek, Bryan worked in the oil and gas industry for 16 years, first as a petroleum engineer and later transitioning to financial operations when he became interested in how corporate structures and investments could benefit employees and shareholders alike.

Bryan is currently the president of the PA/DE chapter of the ESOP Association, president of the Penn Eagle Industrial Park Owners Association, and has previously served on many other industry and community boards.

Paul Silvis
Restek Founder & former Head Coach

Paul started Restek Corporation in a small business incubator in central Pennsylvania on October 15, 1985. Since then, Restek has grown into an international business in gas and liquid chromatography columns and supplies, with representation in more than 80 countries, with numerous business and community service awards, and earning Paul admiration and imitation among local, national, and international businesses. Recognitions of Paul’s and Restek’s accomplishments include Inc. magazine's 500 fastest growing companies (1992 & 1993), top 50 of Pennsylvania’s Best Companies to Work For (2000 & 2001), and many more. Paul and Restek are key figures in the Bellefonte-State College region of Centre County, contributing both financially and through service to numerous organizations.

Paul started Restek with a vision of a workplace where employees were as happy coming to work as going home. Restek continues to evolve and grow according to this vision. Instilled by Paul, Restek’s Core Values speak volumes about the character of its leadership and employees. In 2009, Restek reached an important landmark in the history of the company and the chromatography industry by becoming 100% employee-owned. As owners, Restek employees have their financial security, and Restek’s long-term stability, in their own hands.

Paul is dedicated to making his community a better place to raise his children, and has been a key figure in many community organizations, including Chairman of the Board CBICC and a member of their Executive Board of Directors, President and past Fund Raising Chair for the Fourth of July Fireworks, past Chairman of the Incubator program, Past Advisory Board member for Schreyer Institute for Innovation and Learning and Schreyer Honors College, past Chairman of Park Forest YARD (Youth Area Recreational Development) fund raising effort, member of the Young Presidents Organization, past member of the Young Entrepreneur Organization, and served on the 1997 State College YMCA Fund Raising Committee. Additionally, he has been a guest speaker for numerous local, Penn State University, and statewide leadership programs, and is active in his church and his children’s schools. He is an avid mountain biker, ATV enthusiast, skier, roller blader, hunter, and Penn State fan.

In 2005, Paul’s role at Restek shifted from active leader to experienced advisor, giving him time to tackle new challenges, including a return to his roots as an inventor and creator of exciting new products that will strengthen Restek’s leadership position in the chromatography marketplace. Wherever these challenges lead, Paul will pursue with the same sense of purpose that has propelled Restek so far, so quickly.

In stepping down from his role as Restek’s Head Coach, Paul expressed a heartfelt thank you to all the loyal customers who supported Restek over the past 20 years, and who continue to support us as we get better and better at being The Company Chromatographers Trust!

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