Funeral Services Set For SCI Founder Olin King

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The founder of one of Huntsville’s most successful companies has passed away.   Olin King passed away Saturday morning at UAB.

King founded SCI in 1961 in Huntsville.   He then sold the company to the Sanmina company in 2001 for a reported six billion dollars.

Visitation for King will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Wesley Center.  The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the church. Laughlin Service Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle issued the following statement about King’s death:

‘We are deeply saddened at the loss of one of our City’s foremost business leaders and philanthropists. Many of us will remember Olin as a pioneer in contract manufacturing, a man who created SCI and turned it into Fortune 500 company. Others will remember Olin for his commitment to education through his service as a trustee to the University of Alabama system and the UAHuntsville Foundation, and his generosity to those institutions. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the King family.’

In a statement released today, UAH President Robert Altenkirch said, “I had the pleasure of meeting Olin King soon after my arrival last year. Mr. King has been a giant figure in the corporate development of Huntsville as a technology center, and he is a tremendous friend to our campus.

“His generosity has paid dividends to our faculty and students over the years, and his investment in our campus will continue to reap benefits long into the future. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

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