Six Decades and Counting


For more than 60 years, SCI Technology, a Sanmina company, has designed, manufactured, qualified and supported superior products for military and commercial aviation, industrial applications, space-flight programs and ground-tactical defense operations. With capabilities ranging from an experienced, multi-disciplinary engineering organization, to network-centric communications solutions and avionics products, to end-to-end testing, manufacturing and post-delivery sustainment, SCI provides unsurpassed quality, reliability and service to the Defense and Aerospace sector.

SCI is headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama—America’s center for Defense and Aerospace excellence, and one of the nation’s leading technology communities.

A Sanmina Company

Sanmina Corporation is a leading electronics contract manufacturer serving the fastest-growing segments of the global Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) market. Recognized as a technology leader, Sanmina provides end-to-end manufacturing solutions and delivers superior quality and support to OEMs primarily in the communications, defense and aerospace, industrial and medical instrumentation, multimedia, enterprise computing and storage, clean-tech and automotive technology sectors. Sanmina has facilities strategically located in key regions throughout the world. More information regarding the Company is available at http://www.sanmina.com.

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Our Leadership Team


Our leadership team members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but they all share at least one common trait — a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Bob Schassler is President of SCI Technology, Inc., a Sanmina company, in Huntsville, AL.

Mr. Schassler is a versatile, result-oriented executive business leader with a long and proven track record for creating innovation and growing and transforming businesses. Before joining SCI in 2018, Bob spent the majority of his career with Motorola, in various senior leadership roles primarily in the Military and Public Safety Marketplace on a global basis.

Bob was born and raised in New York, and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1987. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration, from San Diego State University (SDSU), in 1994. In addition, Bob served five years as a Board Member for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

Peter Cianfaglione is Vice President of Operations at SCI Technology, Inc., a Sanmina Company, in Huntsville, Alabama. Peter is responsible for SCI’s manufacturing operations to include production, manufacturing, quality engineering, and supply chain.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Peter completed an Electrical Engineering degree at the University of Ottawa in the Regular Officer Training Program (the Canadian equivalent to ROTC). During and upon completion of his degree, he served in the Canadian Army as a Combat Engineer and Infantry Officer (including service with the Commando in the Canadian Airborne Regiment). He also holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and is currently working towards a PhD in Engineering.

Peter, who joined SCI in 2020, is a graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff Course, New Zealand Grade 2 Staff Course and Canadian Joint Command and Staff Programme. He and his wife of 25 years have seven children, two of which are presently serving in the U.S. military.

Jeff Downs is Vice President of IMS Business Operations at SCI Technology, Inc., a Sanmina company, in Huntsville, Alabama.

Andrea Hill is Senior Division Controller for SCI Technology, Inc., a Sanmina company, in Huntsville, Alabama.

Alan Hislop is Senior Director, Global Account Manager-Raytheon at SCI Technology, Inc., a Sanmina company, in Huntsville, Alabama.

Alan brings more than 20 years of experience in the Integrated Manufacturing industry. During this period, Mr. Hislop has held positions at PIVC, LLC, STMicroelectronics and Sanmina-SCI.

Alan served on active duty with the U.S. Army, with the U.S. Army Reserves in New York and with the Alabama National Guard in Huntsville.  Alan graduated from the US Army Officer Infantry School in Fort Benning, GA.

Mr. Hislop holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from University of Alabama Huntsville, and an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences from Clinton Community College.

Max Klein is the Chief Technology Officer for SCI Technology, Inc. (SCI), a Sanmina company, in Huntsville, Alabama.

Dr. Klein is responsible for developing company-wide technology and product roadmaps, and leads the Technology segment for rapidly maturing new technologies into commercial product offerings. Prior to joining SCI, Dr. Klein worked in the Technology Development practice at Exponent in Phoenix, AZ. He was responsible for the creation of RF and electromagnetic test and development capabilities. Dr. Klein led a US Army-funded research and development program resulting in a new ultra wideband electronically steerable ground penetrating radar system for real-time IED detection.

Dr. Klein received his Bachelor of Science in Computer and Systems Engineering and Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he was a member of the Space, Telecommunications, and Radioscience Laboratory. He is married and has two sons.

Michelle Ross is the Senior Human Resources Manager for SCI Technology, Inc., a Sanmina company, in Huntsville, Alabama.

Mr. Kloote is Vice President of Contracts for SCI Technology, Inc. (SCI), a Sanmina company, in Huntsville, AL.

Bob is responsible for leading the Contracts Management organization within SCI, which includes review/approval of terms and conditions, contract interpretation, resolution of disputes, customer relations, negotiations, professional development, and the support of existing, new and follow-on business. Bob brings almost 40 years of experience in the defense and aerospace business. Prior to his business experience, Bob served four years as an active-duty officer in the US Army stationed in West Germany.

Mr. Kloote has a MBA degree and a MS degree in Contracts and Acquisition Management from Florida Tech, and a BS degree in Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University. He has earned CPCM, CPM. and CM certifications and instructed graduate level courses as an adjunct professor in procurement, program management and contracts management.

Mr. Taylor is the Senior Director, Global Account Manager, Life Cycle Management at SCI Technology, Inc. (SCI), a Sanmina company, in Huntsville, Alabama.

Greg, who joined SCI in 1988, is responsible for all of SCI’s Defense and Aerospace Life Cycle Management. Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Management from Columbia Southern University, an Associate degree from the Community College of the Air Force, and the equivalent of another Associate degree from the Community College of the Air Force (Automatic Tracking Radar and Ground-Based Jammers/Electronics Technology).

Mr. Taylor served as an airman in the U.S. Air Force, and as a Chief Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, where he managed the 908th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group supporting eight C-130 Hercules aircraft. He completed three deployments to Southwest Asia before retiring in 2014. He is a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association. Greg and his wife, Pauline, have a son and daughter.

Mr. Sedgwick is Vice President of Defense and Aerospace Products for SCI Technology, Inc. (SCI), a Sanmina company, in Huntsville, Alabama. Mike is responsible for oversight of SCI’s Aircraft and Tactical product organizations including the FireComm®, TOCNET® and AeroGuard® product lines. Mike also works with the Products Management and Engineering teams to ensure focused IR&D investment into innovative, functional and affordable future SCI products.

Mike currently serves in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Military Intelligence Officer and previously served as Battalion Intelligence Officer with 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and as an Infantry Company Executive Officer with the 82nd Airborne Division. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Steve Young is the Vice President of Product Management for SCI Technology, Inc., a Sanmina company, in Huntsville, Alabama.

Steve has more than 30 years of experience researching and developing mission-critical electrical products and systems. Products from Steve’s teams have won Red Dot, CES Innovation, and IDSA awards for design excellence. Steve has experience working in matrix environments and collaborating with Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Finance, and Supply Chain operations. He has worked with design centers all over the world and has executed product plans with both in-source and outsource engineering teams and supply chains.

Steve is an aviation enthusiast and volunteers his time fundraising for Warbird restorations.

Vision & Values

We serve those who serve by providing innovative products and trusted services that focus on the unique needs of the Defense and Aerospace sector.

We demonstrate value as our customers' premier solution provider with an unwavering commitment to quality and dependability.

Collaboration
We value the power of teamwork as we pursue our common goals.
Loyalty
We build strong relationships by always being dependable and trustworthy.
Ethics
We demonstrate integrity in everything we do.
Accountability
We honor all of our commitments.
Respect
We treat our associates and customers as we want to be treated.

SCI History

SCI once stood for Space Craft, Incorporated. These days, we’re so much more.

More than 60 years after Olin King founded SCI in Alabama’s booming Rocket City, we proudly embrace our heritage as one of the original contractors to support America’s space industry. We’ve been innovators from the start, creating mission-critical components for historic projects like the Apollo Program and Voyager 2, and partnering with ground-breaking commercial aerospace suppliers to this day.

But space isn’t all we know. Over the last half-century, SCI has earned its reputation as a recognized leader in designing, developing, manufacturing and supporting aircraft systems and tactical communications for a wide variety of military and civilian platforms. Today, as a Sanmina company, we possess unmatched capabilities in integrated manufacturing, depot and repair, obsolescence management and new product introduction.

We’ve been to the moon and back—and everywhere in between. Imagine where we’re going next.


TIMELINE
1961

Olin King founds Space Craft, Incorporated in Huntsville, Alabama, the home of Redstone Arsenal and the Marshall Space Flight Center.

1969

With the space race raging, SCI contributes to the American effort with work on the Saturn V rocket, which launches the first humans to the surface of the Moon in July, 1969.

1972

SCI begins making components for the U.S. Army’s Pershing missile, as well as the Air Force’s Titan missile.

1970's

SCI produces parts for Skylab, the United States’ first space station, which orbits the Earth from 1973 until 1979. SCI also works on Voyager 2, which launches in 1977 and continues to send back data from interstellar space today.

1978-1981

SCI pioneers the concept of Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS), building personal computers for IBM and an automated toll-collection system for the New Jersey Turnpike.

1982

SCI designs and manufactures core memory units for the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 fighter aircraft.

1987

Following several years of strong growth, SCI ranks among the 500 largest companies in the U.S., and is the world’s largest contract manufacturer.

1999

With a staff of more than 4,300 in Huntsville alone, SCI becomes the largest employer in its home city. By this time, SCI is also Alabama’s biggest company with 31,500 workers and 37 plants in 17 countries.

2001

Sanmina acquires SCI and creates Sanmina-SCI. The new company’s Government Division becomes Defense & Aerospace Systems (DAS), replacing the original SCI branding.

2009

SCI supplies fiber-optic dispensers for HROV Nereus, which dives to the bottom of Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench—the deepest known point in the Earth’s oceans. Reaching a depth of 10,902 meters (35,768 feet), Nereus sends and receives data via its fiber-optic connection throughout the mission.

2012

Sanmina rebrands DAS to SCI Technology, restoring SCI’s link to its original heritage.

TODAY

SCI continues to design, develop, manufacture and support rugged, reliable, mission-critical systems for all service branches within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Now with more than 60 years of continuous operation in Huntsville, SCI stands ready to serve with a high-capacity, 685,000-square-foot facility on an expansive, 100-acre campus.

Visiting SCI

Visiting SCI

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Expect Convenient Hotels
SCI is within easy driving distance of several hotels.

DoubleTree Suites
6000 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, AL 35802
Phone: 256.882.9400
www.doubletree.hilton.com

SpringHill Suites
745 Constellation Dr, Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256.881.4170
www.marriott.com

Embassy Suites
800 Monroe St. SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256.539.7373
www.embassysuites.hilton.com

The Westin
6800 Governors West Rd NW, Huntsville, AL 35806
Phone: 256.428.2000
www.westinhuntsville.com

Expect Outstanding Restaurants
Huntsville has a thriving culinary scene, with plenty of options for every palette.

D&L Bistro
7500 Memorial Pkwy SW #124, Huntsville, AL 35802
Phone: 256.881.7244
www.dandlbistro.com

Cotton Row
100 Southside Square, Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256.382.9500
www.cottonrowrestaurant.com

Connors Steak & Seafood
345 The Bridge St NW #101, Huntsville, AL 35806
Phone: 256.327.8425
www.connorsrestaurant.com

Expect Convenient Airports
Three major airports are located within 123 miles of SCI.

Huntsville (HSV)
1000 Glenn Hearn Blvd SW, Huntsville, AL 35824
www.hsvairport.org
Located 22 miles from SCI

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth (BHM)
5300 Messer Airport Highway, Brmingham, AL 35212
www.flybirmingham.com
Located 94 miles from SCI

Nashville (BNA)
1 Terminal Drive, Nashville, TN 37214
www.flynashville.com
Located 123 miles from SCI

Expect Security Upon Arrival
All guests must provide a valid ID and will be issued an escort-required badge/day pass. Parcels, i.e. briefcases, handbags, backpacks will be inspected upon entering and departing. Wifi: A guest WLAN service is available. User id and password are available from the front desk security. General Information: Laptops must be signed in. Any photography requires prior approval. Weapons, digital cameras and video recorders are prohibited. Proposed visits involving non-U.S. citizens and proposed meetings where classified National Security information may be discussed must be coordinated with Security. The facility is monitored by video surveillance cameras.