We’ve Expanded to Better Serve You!
When you need fast solutions, we need to move with speed. That’s the driving force behind our vertical-integration strategy and the ultimate goal of our recent expansion. Because we design and manufacture the majority of our materials in-house across our product lines, we’re able to quickly deliver solutions designed to meet your exacting needs.
That’s at the heart of our continuing investment in growth and our recent expansion of our lobby level to help us prepare for future manufacturing needs while better serving today’s. It also gives us the space we need to create an inviting atmosphere for our visitors, with a new dedicated lobby entrance for our customers and a revamped interior to greet you when arrive to discuss your challenges and needs.
Beyond the lobby itself, our expansion has also given us the space we need to meet the needs of our current employees while making room for future hires. Sensor Networks, Inc. originally occupied around two-thirds of the available space in our facility – space that we quickly consumed as we expanded our production capabilities and grew our team.
As we prioritized investing in one of the crown jewels of our vertical integration strategy, our machine shop, it quickly became clear that we needed more space to support the number of people we already have. After COVID, we also were faced with the challenge of increasing distancing to meet safety guidelines in addition to making room for new CNC CAD/CAM equipment and machine operators.
We currently haves 12 full-time and one part-time machinists, including eight CNC operators running three CNC machines over three shifts. We also have a full ceramic shop capable of fabricating any linear, matrix or annular array that’s staffed by two full-time employees. SNI’s machine shop is co-located with the design, applications engineering, production and QC teams at 366 Walker Drive in State College.
Meet Our Newest Team Members
Our lobby isn’t the only exciting expansion. We also have four new members of the SNI family, each of whom add unique experience and expertise to the mix. Get to know them better here:
Mr. Mark Partika obtained his BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 from Lafayette College in Easton, PA. He began his career with General Electric in the Lighting Division and in 1984 transferred to the Aircraft Engine Division in Cincinnati, Oh. He received his MS in Industrial Engineering in 1986 from the University of Cincinnati. While working at GE he held positions in Methods Engineering, Shift Supervisor, Purchasing, CAD/CAM Design, Manufacturing Engineering, Product Support Engineering and Non-Destructive Evaluation. In the NDE role, his primary emphasis was inspection of installed or “On-Wing” Aircraft engines, but also included inspections of Locomotives, Naval Vessels, Power Generation Turbines and Wind Turbines. Prior to his retirement from GE in 2021, his main emphasis was ultrasonic phased-array applications. He brings that expertise to Sensor Networks, where he’s continuing his work in phased-array inspection applications. Mark and his wife Debra have been married for 32 years and have two children: Nathaniel, age 25 and Amanda, age 23.
Mr. Levi McCarty grew up in Muncy, PA and received his BS degree from The Penn State University College of Health and Human Development in 2017. Levi’s first job out of college was with Ecolab’s’ Institutional Products Division where he was a territory manager including sales, installation and maintenance over the past 3 years. He resides in Bellefonte PA and enjoys competitive Bass fishing, basketball, and many outdoor activities.
Mr. Kyler Stauffer is the youngest member of our family having just graduated from Mifflin County High School in 2019 where he took several courses at the local Vo-Tech in precision machining in both manual and CNC machines. Kyler comes to us as a journeyman/apprentice, which enables him to continue learning this important trade. Kyler lives in Lewistown, PA, where he enjoys hunting and fishing.
Ms. Cynthia Meader is the newest member of our team – she joins Sensor Networks Inc. as Office Manager after 27 years at Waygate/Baker Hughes (previously GEIT / AGFA/ Emerson). She held various roles within the company, including that of Government Program Manager for six product lines for the past 10 years. As program manager she was responsible for review of US Federal, State and Local contracts, training, special processes, and requirements of working with the government and overall management of the program. Cynthia lives in Bellefonte, PA with her husband and enjoys being a first-time Grandmother.