Sierra Lobo, Inc.
Sierra Lobo, Inc. was founded in 1993 by engineers who worked together on a contract at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, OH. When the company elected not to bid upon Plum Brook’s Test Site Operations Contract, these engineers formed their own company and bid the project themselves.
The newly minted Sierra Lobo team set up shop in George Satornino’s attic and built the company with proven processes and procedures gained from their many years of technical experience. Teaming with a Cleveland area 8(a) company, Sierra Lobo won the Plum Brook Test Operations contract in 1994. They opened their doors to provide engineering test support services with 9 employees in September.
Realizing that they needed support to grow, the company applied for and was admitted to the SBA’s 8(a) business development program in December 1997. At the time of certification, Sierra Lobo was earning $1.7 million in revenue. In 2002, Sierra Lobo obtained a $288,000 loan from the SBA to build a technology, development, engineering, fabrication, test, and research center in Milan, Ohio. The facility sits on 16 acres and provides over 35,000 square feet of office and shop space.
During their time in the 8(a) program, Sierra Lobo initially focused on supporting NASA’s space program, and then gradually branched out to supporting other Government agencies. “The 8(A) program enabled us to bid on and win two of our most important contacts, one for NASA, and one for the U.S. Army. We are grateful for their support and for the benefits from the program,” says Satornino.
Sierra Lobo completed their term in the 8(A) program on November 30, 2006 with 275 employees and $30 million in revenue. Since graduation from the program, they have grown to over 430 engineers, technicians, and administrative personnel, and have diversified their customer base to include contracts for NASA, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy. Company revenues have grown to approximately $56 million annually.