Applied Silicone Corporation honored as Chamber Member of the Quarter
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: September 20, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
Applied Silicone Corporation, a little known local company with a strong international business presence, was honored as the Chamber of Commerce Member of the Quarter during the September Good Morning Santa Paula!
The monthly chamber breakfast meeting was held at Garman’s Irish Pub in the historic Downtown.
“We have global enterprises in Santa Paula that really help to enhance our community,” said Chamber of Commerce President John Chamberlain, and he noted Applied Silicone, located in the Lemonwood Industrial Park, is just such a company.
Such enterprises, “bring employment, pay taxes and when sending out messages say ‘We’re based in Santa Paula’ which has the potential to attract other international companies,” of the stature of Applied Silicone, which manufactures medical grade silicon products.
Applied Silicon CFO Jack Pitluk accepted the award and noted the product made by the company is shipped internationally and “Everything sold in the U.S. is imported back in. We are very proud to be in the community.”
As is Pitluk: “I moved to Santa Paula three years ago and I love this town, love to tell people about it and how much I love it here.”
He noted Applied Silicone is also proud of its affiliation with the Santa Paula community and gladly offers company support to various causes.
Founded in Ventura in 1987, the company relocated to Santa Paula in 2006.
Privately owned and debt free, Applied Silicone is not only one of two companies that specializes in certain products but is also the only manufacturer of medical grade silicone.
Its medical grade products are used for everything from reconstructive surgeries to lubricants used for needle coatings; the company also manufactures liquid silicone rubber, adhesives and gels among other products.
Chamberlain noted that for a community of about 29,000 residents Santa Paula is well represented in the business world and that includes small businesses considered to be the backbone of the economy.
“What the chamber does is try to help small businesses become better businesses,” by offering seminars, newsletters and other resources to help business find success.
With Santa Paula’s location between two major freeway systems and easily accessible to two counties, “We have to let our businesses know we have a target area regionally of about 500,000 people and if you’re doing your messaging in a way that resonates with people” you will attract customers.
But such efforts at times must be “recalibrated” to find what works, an effort that Chamberlain said must reach, “That large market out there.... and our new program - Success Santa Paula - does everything to help businesses get that message out.”