Surface Igniter, LLC the pioneer in the development of the silicon carbide igniter in 1969, is today a leading manufacturer of hot surface igniters for the BBQ grill, clothes dryer, cooking, and heating industries.  

Our Team


In addition to the flexibility of our productions operations and our ability to adapt to customer demand, the experience and commitment of our staff and management are key aspects that set Surface Igniter LLC. apart from the competition.


Our senior management is made up of dedicated experts with decades of combined experience. Surface Igniter LLC managers have backgrounds in the appliance industry, manufacturing, customer quality, process engineering, logistics, operations management in manufacturing, wholesale distribution, information systems and financial management.


Surface Igniter LLC has approximately 60 employees at the Maryville Tennessee location.


It is our managers and staff's constant desire to create the most innovative, high-quality products to suit a wide range of appliances that enable Surface Igniter LLC  to uphold its leading position in the consumer and commercial appliance markets.









George Hanna : Chairman of the Board of Surface Igniter LLC. George purchased Surface Igniter in 1997 and has been involved in the manufacturing industry for over 50 years. George's visions have been carried out through several successful ventures. George is a graduate of the Cornell University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Miguel Rodriguez: is Vice President, Plant, and Engineering Manager of Surface Igniter. Miguel joined the former Carborundum Caribbean in 1993 and has been with Surface Igniter since its establishment in 1997. Miguel has over 25 years of manufacturing experience in the igniter and electronics industries/ Miguel is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez with a degree in Electrical Engineering.


Ian Brown: Is Sales and Customer Service Manager of Surface Igniter LLC and has been with Surface Igniter since 1997. Ian has 18 years of experience in the igniter, distribution, and logistics industry. Ian is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a degree in Business Management.