Restek Ranks #23 on 2020 List of Best Places to Work

Restek Corporation (Bellefonte, has been named #23 in the large-sized company category on the 2020 list of Best Places to Work in PA. This marks the 4th time Restek has placed on the list.

The Best Places to Work in PA is a survey and awards program dedicated to identifying and recognizing the state’s best employers and providing organizations with valuable employee feedback. The process is managed by Best Companies Group (BCG), and winners are published by the Central Penn Business Journal.

“We envision all employees enjoying coming to work as much as they enjoy going home, regardless of where they work,” President Bryan Wolcott said—carrying on the vision Paul Silvis had when he founded Restek in 1985. “We believe that happy, healthy, and wise employees will serve our customers best, allowing us to be innovative and flexible with our company, our products, our internal systems, and our service to all. The valuable employee feedback from The Best Places to Work survey allows us to make changes in areas that are important to employees,” added Wolcott.

The Best Places to Work winners are chosen based on who receives the highest combined scores in a twofold evaluation: a review of a company’s workforce policies, practices, philosophies, systems, and demographics along with the results of an employee survey measuring their satisfaction.

Some of the programs Restek has in place to foster this positive atmosphere include a 100% employee-owned ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan); generous PTO and STO policies; an incentive-based wellness program; on-site fitness and recreational facilities with wellness coaches; company contributions toward childcare costs; reimbursement for continuing education and development programs; 401K and employee- ownership programs; open-book management; a peer+ recognition program; and a strong commitment toward community service.

The Best Places to Work in PA list is split into three groups: small-sized companies (15-24); medium-sized companies (25-250 employees); and large-sized companies (more than 250 employees).

Restek Named One of Region’s Healthiest Employers

Mike Perlozzo, Wellness Coordinator, accepts the Healthiest Employer Award

Restek was selected by the Healthiest Employers Awards as an employer committed to creating a healthy workplace.

The awards, administered by Springbuk, a healthcare data analytics software platform, honor organizations on a regional and national basis. Restek was selected as part of the Greater Philadelphia region, and Mike Perlozzo, Restek’s wellness coordinator, attended the ceremony on June 13 in Philadelphia. The company is also in the running to be selected as one of the 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America.

Restek employs three full-time wellness professionals who operate out of a recently built 17,000-square foot, top-of-the-line facility for employee-owners and their family members to enjoy fitness, basketball, volleyball, soccer, badminton, yoga, and many other activities.

“We are proud to be able to offer employees and their families opportunities to improve their health and wellness, and grateful to have the support of our leaders in doing so,” Perlozzo said.

In addition to fitness, the wellness team recently instituted a nutrition coaching program in 2016, and the number of employees meeting nutrition guidelines rose from 9.8% to 19.7% in two years.

Restek also pays the testing costs for biometric screening onsite for employees and their spouses. These tests include a standard lipid panel, glucose, A-1C (for diabetes type I and II), and a PSA prostate cancer screening for men 45 and older.

Restek founder Paul Silvis started the Restek wellness program in the late 1980s in an empty space in the original building with just a universal weight machine and punching bag. In 2004, Restek hired its first full-time wellness coordinator; in 2005 the official Restek Wellness Program was introduced; and in 2017, its designated wellness center, Founder’s Point, was built. Restek is currently the only company in Centre County with full-time health and fitness trainers.

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Restek Celebrates Newest Home Dedication with Habitat for Humanity

“With the support of organizations like Restek our work is possible,” says Habitat executive director

When Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County (HFHGCC) dedicated its newest home on June 11, Restek Corporation received a special mention.

“With the support of organizations like Restek, our work is possible. Restek provided not only financial support, which is crucial to fund our safe and affordable housing, but also provided team members to our build site to give their time and talent. With the support of Restek, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County is able to make another house into a home for a deserving family in Centre County,” said Stephanie Fost, HFHGCC Executive Director.

The home, located in Bellefonte, marked more than 60 families placed by Habitat in Centre County. Volunteers gave more than 3,000 hours, and the future homeowners put in over 450 hours of their own sweat equity into the home.

Restek encourages its employees to volunteer and permits exchanging four hours of work for volunteer work each month. One of those volunteers for the home build was Jason Martin, a Restek senior purchasing agent.

“I feel fortunate to work for a company that encourages their employees to help in their community. This was a perfect opportunity for me to contribute directly to the community that I lived in most of my life. Habitat for Humanity is a great organization with a great purpose, run by extraordinary people that truly care about the families they are providing these homes for. I’m sure I speak for the entire Restek team when I say it was a very rewarding experience,” he said.

Restek’s relationship with HFHGCC began many years ago and is currently championed by Mike Wittrig, Senior Column R&D Manager.

“Research shows that when families own a home, it makes all the difference in the world and stabilizes their life. It’s great that Restek helps support something like that, and I’m happy to play a small role,” Wittrig said.

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Restek Honored by Leading Science Publication

Of the thousands of reviews on SelectScience, Restek had the highest average rating in 2018

Restek President Bryan Wolcott accepting the SelectScience Reviewers’ Choice Award for
Analytical Science Company of the Year.

The reviews are in and Restek is on top.

Leading independent science publisher SelectScience presented Restek with its Reviewers’ Choice Award for Analytical Science Company of the Year, in recognition of the high ratings and positive feedback it received from customers leaving laboratory product reviews on its influential website.

The award was presented to Restek President Bryan Wolcott by SelectScience Editor-in-Chief Kerry Parker.

“These awards are truly unique within the science industry—the only awards where scientists themselves decide who should win,” Parker said.

Winners and nominees of the annual Scientists’ Choice Awards were celebrated during a glitzy SelectScience party on March 21 at the Pittcon 2019 International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia.

“It’s an honor to be among the winners and nominees who are making waves in the fields of general lab, spectroscopy, and separations,” Wolcott said. “We work hard every day to create products that meet the high expectations of our customers. Thank you SelectScience and the scientific community for recognizing our efforts.”

Of the thousands of reviews by users on SelectScience, the award recognized Restek for having the highest average rating in 2018.

This is the second award Restek received this year. In January, Global distributor Avantor presented Restek with its Platinum Level Achievement Award for Operational Excellence to recognize Restek’s commitment to enrichment, cooperation, quality assurance, and shipping performance.

Restek Employee-Owner Joins Editorial Board of Influential Cannabis Science Publication

Ashlee Gerardi joins Cannabis Science and Technology in an effort to advance the science of safety and potency testing in this growing industry

A new industry has bloomed, offering scientists a rare opportunity to build a field from the ground up, and Restek has already been helping.

In addition to Restek’s cannabis-specific products, applications, and support for cannabis testing labs, Ashlee Gerardi, Associate Business Development Manager at Restek, has joined the editorial advisory board of Cannabis Science and Technology. In her role, she will review articles submitted to the publication and provide additional insight and information on the cannabis testing industry by attending conferences and participating in trade association focus groups.

“I’m looking forward to advancing cannabis science and helping to ensure quality education continues to be found in the magazine,” she said. “Teaching this audience the fundamentals of chemistry and chromatography is vital to testing in this growing industry.”

Gerardi joined Restek in 2011, moving to Restek’s California office in 2013 as an R&D chemist. However, the demand for an additional business development manager was soon needed for the growing cannabis analysis industry, and Ashlee was eager to use her technical background and business knowledge to help Restek’s cannabis customers as an associate business development manager for the cannabis testing industry.

“Because the landscape is rapidly changing, one of the fastest-growing needs of the cannabis market is legitimacy. Our team at Restek provides consumables as well as testing solutions for product quality, potency, and safety analyses in the market,” she said.

Gerardi said the cannabis industry has a lot to offer adventurous scientists, as “there is still much of the cannabis plant that needs to be understood along with analytical challenges/pain points that remain to be solved,” adding that “Restek is supported by many knowledgeable scientists whom I interact with daily. Our team is constantly working to solve analytical pain points such as potency, terpenes, mycotoxins, residual solvents, and pesticide testing.”

By way of example, Ashlee noted that the recent November/December edition of Cannabis Science and Technology, Restek’s Justin Steimling, LC Solutions Applications Manager, wrote, “If product labels are to accurately reflect cannabinoid content, the complete sample composition must be considered in developing a robust and accurate analytical method.”

Gerardi said she keeps up with the wealth of cannabis knowledge through publications like Cannabis Science and Technology, but also through conferences and social media.

Gerardi still sees a lack of legitimacy in the cannabis market but says, “Restek is proud to have helped cannabis labs establish sound analytical practices from the beginning, and we will continue to be there for you every step of the way as the testing landscape changes.” In September 2019, she will attend the annual Cannabis Science Conference in Portland, OR, where she plans to give an oral presentation.

To read more from Ashlee about her experiences in the cannabis industry follow her on LinkedIn and follow Restek on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Restek and LECO Collaborate in Worldwide Supply Agreement

Restek Corporation, a leading independent developer and manufacturer of chromatography products, and LECO Corporation, a global leader in analytical instrumentation and mass spectrometers, are pleased to announce a recent expanded collaboration. This agreement will allow LECO customers access to a core set of Restek consumables—streamlining the customer’s setup and offering the convenience of one simplified combined package.

“For LECO customers, this is a great advantage to be able to purchase consumables directly with their instrument,” said Lorne Fell, PhD, Separation Science Product Manager. “We understand the importance of reliable consumables for accurate results and know that Restek products provide the utmost quality and ISO 9001 certification. We’re excited to partner with them on this venture.”

“LECO has been a strong partner for Restek for a number of years, and we are very pleased to further strengthen and expand our relationship globally,” said Becky Wittrig, PhD, Restek VP of Sales.

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Restek Receives the Operational Excellence Platinum Level Achievement Award at the Avantor Americas Sales Meeting

It was an exciting surprise to hear Restek called to the stage during the Avantor Americas sales meeting in Nashville when the distribution partner honored Restek with a Platinum Level Achievement Award for Operational Excellence.

Within moments, the Restek team was on stage at the Grand Ole Opry standing in the famed circle for photos. The award recognizes Restek for its commitment to enrichment, willingness to work with the Avantor team, quality assurance, and shipping performance.

“It takes everyone at Restek to provide customers, like Avantor, with the Restek Customer Experience,” said Trent Sprenkle, Restek Americas Sales Manager.

Sprenkle also thanked Melissa Decker for the key role she has played in building the relationship between Avantor and Restek as the Americas Distribution Manager.

“This couldn’t have been achieved without the dedication of everyone in the Restek family. Thank you all for your hard work, excellent Plus 1 service, and everyday efforts to support our distribution partners and customers. I am very proud to be part of such a great group of people!” Decker said.

“Melissa and I were lucky enough to experience receiving the award, and it’s times like this when I feel very fortunate and proud to be part of the Restek family,” Sprenkle said.

Restek Gives in Response to Hurricanes Florence and Michael

AJ Saclyn, Ashley Holland, and Angie Rushe from Restek, and Sarah Mewhirter from the Red Cross, work together to support relief efforts.

Restek, its employee-owners, and its customers teamed up to give more than $5,000 this November in support of the Red Cross hurricane disaster relief efforts—particularly in areas affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael, which ravaged the southeastern United States. Both monetary and blood donations provided support to those in need.

“We are so very grateful to Restek for its generous support of our Hurricane Relief effort,” said Hope Roaten, American Red Cross Mid-Central Pennsylvania Chapter Executive Director. “Without the support of our corporate community, we would not be able to provide shelter, food, and other basic supplies and services to the people who were impacted by major disaster situations, such as hurricanes Florence and Michael. We are proud to have such a strong community partner in Restek.”

Bryan Wolcott, Restek President and Head Coach, thanked customers and coworkers for their kindness and charity.

“Hurricanes Florence and Michael were two of the most intense hurricanes to make landfall in the country’s history, and many of our employees’ and customers’ friends and family were affected by these violent storms. We’re proud to pull together to make this donation to the Red Cross on behalf of the entire Restek community,” he said. “Special thanks to our customers for their generosity and caring.”

For several weeks this fall, customers could pay it forward by converting their Wizard Dollar frequent buyer incentives to cash donations for those in need. Restek employees also offered their own Wizard Dollars, and the company matched every dollar contributed.

Similar collection drives were implemented in recent years in response to other natural disasters. Many of the programs are set into motion by Restek employee-owners who have talked to customers or family members in the areas and know how much help is needed. Restek is well-known for empowering its employees to come up with ideas to support the local communities in which they operate.

In addition to the monetary donation, employee-owners stepped up to fight the severe blood shortage through another successful blood drive on Nov. 13. According to the Red Cross, fewer blood drives hosted in September and October, coupled with the widespread cancellation of scheduled drives as a result of hurricanes Michael and Florence, have led to the current blood shortage. Restek’s drive collected 33 units—saving an estimated 99 lives! This is the continuation of a long history of blood drives at Restek—bimonthly for the last 16 years—making them Centre County’s leading business blood drive sponsor.

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October Declared Employee Ownership Month in Pennsylvania

State Representative Kerry Benninghoff presented Restek with a resolution and praised the company on its success as an employee-owned business


State Representative Kerry Benninghoff (R-Bellefonte) presented Restek with a resolution on Oct. 3 declaring October “Employee Ownership Month” in Pennsylvania.

“It’s really an honor as someone who represents you in Harrisburg to assist you with the work you do. Rock on! The fact that you’re world-known is great bragging rights for your state representative and I’m happy to do that.” Rep. Benninghoff said.

Restek is owned by the employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Since becoming 100% employee owned at the end of 2008, Restek has more than doubled in size and its stock value has grown 10-fold—to the direct benefit of its employees.

“We value seeing employee ownership extend to more and more companies throughout the state and creating more businesses like Restek where employees own the company, love working for it, take care of it, and take care of each other.” said Bryan Wolcott, Restek’s president and head coach.

There are currently more than 285 employee-owned companies in Pennsylvania, employing over 306,000 people. They include WaWa, Sheetz, Bradford White Water Heaters, and Voodoo Brewery. Nationally, 5,000 other companies have ESOPs, including Publix and New Belgian Beer.

Restek Hosts Car Competition During Bring Your Child to Work Day

More than 40 children of Restek employees filled the gym to build and race battery-powered cars during Bring Your Child to Work Day.

Six middle schoolers eyed one another silently as they set their racecars on the starting line in Restek’s gymnasium and waited for the countdown.

Restek presents a $1500 contribution to KidTech. The donation will help the nonprofit host events around Centre County that expose kids to science, technology, engineering, and math.

“3, 2, 1, GO!”

Letting go, the rear wheels gripped the floor and began moving the 8 oz., battery-powered vehicles. Two of the cars immediately veered sharply to the left and two struggled to accelerate, while two others roared ahead, crossing the finishing line neck and neck.

“It’s all in how much care they put into the details,” Liz Kisenwether, founder and president of KidTech said, explaining why the six different cars acted so differently during the race.

The nonprofit organization was onsite at Restek on April 26 for its annual Bring Your Child to Work Day.

Restek formed a relationship with KidTech this year through a shared interest in exposing elementary and middle school kids to science.

“It’s a lot of fun organizing this event every year,” Brian Yangula, a process improvement engineer at Restek, said.

In past years, Restek created CSI mysteries to solve and hosted manufacturing tours. This year, more than 40 kids filled the gym with their automotive creations and were testing them in races and obstacle courses before heading to lunch. Yangula thanked those on the committee, including Brittany Varner, Chris English, Jesse King, Christina Hill, Adam Clark, Alexandria Pavkovich, Samantha Reichart, Jerimiah Etters, and Lori Dundon.

“It’s great to bring my son here and show him what I do,” Greg Hargrove, a Restek chemical engineer, said. “He’s really into math and science and this is a great opportunity to build something technical and fun.”

This was the third time Fiona Dundon and Anna Marcovitch had built a car, so they spent most of their time that day helping others.

“It’s really hard to get the gear onto the axle,” Fiona said. “You have to sand it down to make it smooth and really push hard to get it on there.”

The girls are members of the Tech Club at the local Delta Program Middle School and were part of the reason KidTech was introduced to Restek.

“I loved what KidTech was doing so I wanted to see if we could help,” said Fiona’s mom, Lori Dundon, a marketing manager at Restek.

Restek donates to dozens of causes, projects, and nonprofits focused on science throughout the year, including the Girl Scouts STEM expos, Penn State’s Science U and Discovery Space. On this day, KidTech also received a donation of $1500 so it could host more events around Centre County like the one at Restek.

“It’s cool that a local company understands that kids need to get exposed to science early,” Kisenwether said. “Restek’s support is a huge help with our mission.”

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