The History of US Silicones

Present-day US Silicones opened its doors in 2008 thanks to Tom Lapsley III, but the history behind the company goes much deeper. Tom III was introduced to Silicone Polymers by his father, Tom Lapsley II (1929-2015), over 40 years ago. Tom II was working as a foreman in the ICI Silicones Division in Stevenston, Scotland. Intrigued by the business, Tom III joined the ICI Silicones Division as a Laboratory Technician in 1973.

Tom III continued his silicone journey with a move to ICI Blackley, in Manchester, England in 1976. The Polymer Division was sold in 1978, so Tom III moved with the business to J-Sil UK in Worsley. In 1981, Tom III took a position as Plant Manager in a sister company, J-Sil Midwest, located in Kendallville, Indiana.

Tom III teamed up with friend Jack Cochrane in 1989. Together they created a specialized Customer Compounding company, American Silicones in Garrett, Indiana, that strived to do anything and everything for its customers. Tom III and Jack reshaped the idea of Customer Compounding and customer-first attitude within the market. In 2003, Tom III stepped away to explore other markets, but the pull of Custom Compounding was too strong.

In 2008, Tom III got back in the game of Custom Compounding and continued the tradition of the Lapsley family in the compounding market. His son, Tom Lapsley IV, joined the team to learn the ropes. Since then, Tom III and Tom IV have brought back the customer-first attitude that made American Silicones so successful.

WHY CHOOSE US SILICONES

US Silicones, LLC is committed to providing quality products and service, shipped in a timely manner that meet or exceed our customer’s specifications. We will accomplish this end through our commitment to continually improve our quality management system, service, and processes.

WE LISTEN

From the first, we focus on listening to our customers carefully, making sure the US Silicone team thoroughly understands the customer’s needs. We tailor solutions and track details.

EXPERIENCE

The US Silicone team has over 100 combined years of experience in the compound silicone industry, so you can trust we will have the solutions to your silicone product needs.

TECHNICAL

US Silicones is equipped with a fully functioning lab to ensure all outgoing products leaving USS meet or exceed our customer's specifications. US Silicones also has a third-party relationship to cover any testing that we may not be able to complete in-house.

RESPONSIVE

US Silicones responsive manufacturing follows a predictive, agile, and lean model of production. From innovation to delivery, the entire product lifecycle is streamlined.

THE US SILICONES TEAM

The US Silicone team has over 100 combined years of experience in the compound silicone industry.

TOM LAPSLEY

TOM LAPSLEY

CEO

KEVIN HAMIL

KEVIN HAMIL

CFO

GREG WALLEN

GREG WALLEN

COO

TOMMY LAPSLEY

TOMMY LAPSLEY

General Manager

JOSH NEAL

JOSH NEAL

Plant Manager/Purchasing

CHRISTINE INKS

CHRISTINE INKS

Controller

JACK COCHRANE

JACK COCHRANE

Project Engineer

MATT ENGLEHART

MATT ENGLEHART

Tech Sales Associate

STEPHANIE FRENCH-FOUNTAIN

STEPHANIE FRENCH-FOUNTAIN

HR/Office Manager