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

Chairman & 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.


Russell Espinosa

President & COO

Russell has 27 years of end-to-end supply chain experience, with deep roots in manufacturing. He has 29 years of lean manufacturing experience having been a member of the Cummins Production System Steering Committee, one of the authors of the Honeywell Operating System, time spent working with Hijima Oba from Toyota’s North American Supplier Development Center, and nearly 10 years partnering with TBM Consulting having introduced lean into various companies. In addition, Russell was an executive sponsor of several six-sigma corporate roll-outs, having sponsored dozens of six-sigma projects.

Russell spent most of his career within the automotive industry, but has also worked within the Food & Medical, and Consumer Products industries. Russell has a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management/Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology. Russell also attending Stanford University’s Executive Program Management of Technology Companies. Russell has a passion for driving progress through people; and away from working he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, especially in the outdoors.


Wendy Pladys

VP of Finance

Wendy is a CPA with extensive experience in multi-national manufacturing organizations. She has partnered with management teams to transform businesses with focus on customer profitability, developing forecasting systems, implementing ERP solutions, standardizing processes and M&A integration.

Prior to joining SCP, Wendy worked in finance leadership positions in both the European and North American organizations of Keter Plastic. She has a Bachelors in Accounting from the University of Washington and a Masters in International Business Studies (MBA) from the Darla Moore School at the University of South Carolina. She enjoys discovering new recipes, especially for bread and finding any excuse to spend time with family traveling and exploring new places.

David Cabello

Vice President Global Supply Chain

David Cabello has 20 years’ experience in global operations, supply chain and business integration with strong background in Lean Manufacturing. He has held several leadership roles across multiple industries in both private and public companies like Honeywell Aerospace, Boart Longyear, Delco Remy, and Delphi driving operational excellence enabling breakthrough results. His expertise includes turnarounds, M&A, synergy execution, restructuring, rollups, LCC sourcing, global sourcing optimization, and building scalable business models to accelerate profitable growth. His global experience includes an expat assignment in China where he led a successful end-to-end business transformation.

David received his MS in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University (MSU), Executive Certificate in Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management from MIT Sloan School of Management, and BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the Institute of Technology in Mexico. He is a Lean Manufacturing Master and completed the Shingo Lean Study Mission in Japan with Ritsuo Shingo. He is also APICS CPIM|CSCP|S&OP certified. Outside work, he enjoys spending time with family, reading, and traveling.


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.


Jack Shindle

VP of Engineering & 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.


Kelli Bennett

VP of Human Resources

Kelli is a human resources professional with over 10 years’ experience in a variety of industries including privatized corrections, automotive and food packaging manufacturing. Prior to joining SCP, Kelli was the Regional HR Manager for D&W Fine Pack, where she was instrumental in the development and implementation of many successful initiatives focusing on talent acquisition, organizational development, cost out and employee engagement.

Kelli has a Bachelors’ degree in Human Resources Management from Ball State University. During her leisure time, Kelli enjoys cooking, travel, exercise and spending quality time with family and friends.