Conversations about when and where to vertically integrate so often focus on the expense. While cost is an important factor, in this episode Dave Whitehead and Jessi Hall, senior director of Vertical Integration at SEL, explore how the many benefits of building things in-house stack up for companies and customers.
Senior Director for Vertical Integration at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
Jessi leads SEL’s US-based vertical integration teams, including production, engineering, and support activities. The company's vertical integration groups currently include: Magnetics, Plastics, Tool & Die, Sheet Metal, and Machine Shop. Jessi is presently working on the start-up of SEL’s latest vertical integration project—a printed circuit board factory in Moscow, ID set to open in December 2022. The components manufactured by these teams are used at all SEL manufacturing facilities globally.
She joined SEL in 2011 as a mechanical engineer in the Manufacturing division and held various positions before moving into her current role in July 2020.
Prior to working at SEL, Jessi worked as an Equipment Support Engineer and Equipment Support Engineering Supervisor at Micron in Boise, Idaho. She taught economics and operations management for three semesters as an adjunct professor at Boise State University
Jessi received a B.S. of Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University in 2000, and an MBA from Boise State University in 2007. In 2018, Jessi joined the external advisory board of the WSU School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, where she is currently the Chair.