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Inducted May 2013


Olin King (1934 - 2012) is known as the father of electronics manufacturing services, although the term wasn't coined until years after the Alabama businessman founded Space Craft International, in 1961. Over the next 40 years, King built the firm from its humble beginnings as a three-man company into SCI Systems (as it was later to be known), the world's largest contract electronics assembler, with 24,000 employees and annual revenues of nearly $7 billion. King studied physics and math and later engineering in college, then starting in 1957 worked for RCA and later the US Army, where he helped build the first 11 US satellites while working for ballistic missile program. SCI for years assembled components for space and military programs, before branching into the computer industry with the IBM PC1 in the 1980s. King retired as SCI chairman in 2000.

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