APRIL 2010 CORPORATE PROFILE
Paul Silvis and his son Michael.
is a leading developer and manufacturer
of chromatography columns and accessories.
We provide analysts around the world with
the innovative tools they need to monitor
the quality of air, water, soil, foods,
pharmaceuticals, chemical, and petroleum
opened for business in 1985, in a single
room in a converted elementary school, but
its founder and only staff, Paul Silvis,
had a vision for the future: to create an
environment in which people would look forward
to coming to work as much as to going home.
Today, more than 270 owner-employees work,
play, and celebrate milestones in a start-of-the-art
128,000 square-foot facility in Penn Eagle
Industrial Park, in our new research facility
in California, and in our subsidiary locations
in England, France, Germany, and Ireland.
Restek became an employee owned company
in January 2009 through an ESOP. The ESOP
vision is to ensure the employees as shareholders
benefit financially from Restek's success
and that Restek will continue to support
the community through donations of time
and money to worthwhile causes.
Silvis has been riding off road vehicles
since he was 12. It started when his father
bought him an old Cushman scooter consisting
of pieces in a barrel to learn about mechanics.
It progressed to motorcycles, jeeps, UTVs,
and ATVs. One aspect that has stayed consistent
is riding in a family event. Paul and his
brother Gary have been to West Virginia,
Canada, Michigan and many places in PA.
His wife, sons, and daughters all ride.
Riding ATVs is a great family activity that
provides lots of fresh air, enjoyment of
our forests, and creates stories to share
as the years unfold. Paul has been riding
the SSRT trails since 2000 and particularly
enjoys riding with his Bison Lodge buddies
on the last Wednesday of every month. Restek
employee's donations have supported the
SSRT trail system for the past five years.
Many Restekian's enjoy riding, throwing
a little dust around, and camping out with
their families. We all sincerely appreciate
all the time that SSRT members donate to
keep the trails open and the energy expended
to the trail system to connect to other
regions. Paul especially appreciates all
those riders who pick up cans, trash, and
litter from inconsiderate individuals who
don't respect the gift we have been given.