Vision & Leadership

Our Products Ignite Innovation.
Our Passion Ignites Growth.

Imagine the maturity of a 27-year-old company infused with the dynamic energy of an innovative start-up culture.

SCP Limited believes in limitless possibilities—for our industry, and for our employees.

When Jim Buchanan took over the company in 2005, he discovered growth opportunities that even his lifelong entrepreneurial spirit could not have anticipated.

By phasing out the pilot light portion of the business and investing heavily in new products and technologies, he and his leadership team sparked a resurgence that led to exciting hyper-growth.

With burning determination, unshakable faith, and a lively atmosphere, our company strives to be an example of impassioned vision—to show that shining brightly creates a better business, better-equipped to serve the world with greater purpose.

Together, we light the way to a brighter tomorrow, one appliance at a time.


Our Leadership Team

Jim Buchanan

President & CEO

Jim’s focus at SCP Limited is to position the company as a leader in igniter technology creation and manufacturing. Jim works closely with our engineering team and leading material scientists to refine and develop the best igniters for heating applications. Jim serves on two non-profit boards in NE Indiana. His past-times include running, tennis and growing as a person and leader. His greatest accomplishments are his relationships with his family and friends.


Jeff Hook

Chief Operations Officer

Jeff is joining SCP Limited with over 27 years of senior leadership experience in Quality and Operations with automotive fuel and brake systems. Most recently, he served as VP Quality and Advanced Product Quality Planning for Sanoh America, Inc., a Japanese-based Tier-1 automotive supplier. He is passionate about using a team-based approach to optimize organizational business systems and processes.

Jeff earned an MBA and a BSBA majoring in Procurement and Materials Management from Bowling Green State University. Outside of the office, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family at the lake, watching his beloved Chicago Cubs and the occasional round of golf.


Paul Schlueter

Vice President of Sales

Paul has thirty years of experience in sales, marketing and business development with highly engineered and innovative products and solutions across a broad spectrum of technologies and industries.  Most recently he served as the VP of Global Sales & Marketing and head of Global Service for Oerlikon Drive Systems.  He has successfully built, led, and motivated winning global sales team in the Americas, Europe, India, and China.

He has earned a Bachelor’s in Management and an MBA in International Business.  He is customer-focused and believes that the combination of passion, optimism, and determination allows teams to conceive and deliver bold ideas that are valued in the marketplace.  Paul enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and fishing.


Ryan Criswell

Vice President of Finance

Ryan is joining SCP Limited with an experienced background in Finance and Strategic Supply Chain. He holds a B.S. in Accounting as well as an MBA. Professionally he enjoys addressing complex situations with innovative solutions and driving toward positive results. When away from the office, Ryan enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Jack Shindle

Director of Research & Development

Jack has more than 20 years of experience with high temperature materials, process and product development for ceramics, ceramic matrix composites, fuel cells, hydrogen generation and batteries. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Ma. and a bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering and science from The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa. Shindle holds Sixteen patents, has published articles in a variety of trade journals and offered presentations at industry conferences nationwide. Outside of work he enjoys hiking, biking, flying, Maker projects and spending time with his family.


Sudhir Brahmandam

Director of Nitride Development

Sudhir has over 13 years of experience in an advanced manufacturing environment and brings a unique combination of expertise in technology development, manufacturing, new business development, and commercialization. He led many cross functional teams in the development and delivery of new offerings to a variety of end markets. Most recently, he served as a Program Manager - New Products at Kennametal. He has a PhD in Materials Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, and an Executive MBA from Katz School of Business. He has several patents and publications in leading journals in the areas of ceramics, surface technologies, advanced materials, and technology management. He organized several technical sessions and has been invited to speak at leading technology conferences. He enjoys running, hiking, traveling with family, playing chess, and volunteering for science and technology initiatives.


Dave Ashton

Plant Manager

Dave joins SCP Limited with 30 years of manufacturing leadership experience. He brings a process control approach and a people involvement mindset that has supported the improvement and success of multiple business in the Automotive, Aerospace, Nuclear, and Chemical industries.

Dave has a BS in Management from Purdue University and continues to learn with every opportunity. He believes that global success can be achieved by “unleashing the power of the American workforce” and that the key is to capture the hearts and minds of the people closest to the point of manufacture.

Dave enjoys his time at home engaging in hobby farming, woodworking, and cooking. He and his wife love to travel and scuba dive.


Ann Young

Director of Purchasing & Distribution

Ann joined the SCP team in 2014. She holds a B.A. from the University of Central Florida, and a J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law. She is a Fort Wayne native and enjoys taking advantage of all the offerings of the Great Lakes states such as skiing, kayaking, and hiking. As a former Walt Disney World cast member, Ann believes that smiles are contagious and tries to attack every problem with a positive attitude.


Yin Liu

Ceramics Engineer, Research & Development

Born and raised in China, Yin Liu received his Ph.D. in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2017. Yin has published over 10 technical papers in top ceramic journals and delivered several invited talks in leading conferences. He is passionate about finding the niche between novel and conventional ceramic processing. In his free time, Yin enjoys hiking, road trips and playing basketball.