Building solid relationships since 1948: 150 of our clients have been with us for more than 20 years. Decades later, we’re still finding new ways to impress them.
A.H. Samborn & Associates
1948 – 1977: Al Samborn serves as CEO.
Al Samborn returns from his service in WWII and signs his first contract with Spurgeon Conveyor for the design of a material handling system to convert the Kaiser-Frazer boiler plant in Willow Run, Michigan from oil to coal.
Jack Steketee Joins the firm
Soon the firm was providing structural engineering to The Andersons, Ford, and Surface Combustion.
The Firm Grows to 30+ Employees.
Ford Motor Company recommends the firm to UCAR Carbon, resulting in a commission to design a warehouse and manufacturing facility in Tennessee.
UCAR Carbon awards a $10 million graphitizing plant in Monterrey, Mexico.
This was a landmark project for the firm and one of many firsts.
Libbey-Owens-Ford Company awarded SSOE projects in five states and three countries, the highlight being a $20 million flat-glass production facility in Italy.
Established an employee profit-sharing plan.
The Number of Employees Rose to 125.
SSOE establishes its first of many scholarships in honor of our 20th anniversary.
The Firm Officially Becomes Incorporated.
SSOE changes the Toledo skyline, designing Toledo Edison’s 17-story headquarters.
SSOE enters the retail market by designing an anchor store of Toledo’s Franklin Park Mall.
SSOE Moves Into its Current HQ in Downtown Toledo.
SSOE Celebrates its 30th Anniversary
1978 – 1981: Jack Steketee is elected as the first new President in the firm’s history. Erwin “Burrie” Otis serves as CEO. Al remains active with the firm, but steps down as CEO.
SSOE ventures into CAD with an initial investment of $1 million in an Intergraph CAD system that included 4 workstations and 300 million bytes of information.
SSOE starts its longstanding relationship with Honda, with the design of their first U.S. manufacturing plant in Marysville, Ohio. SSOE has since completed 1,200 projects for Honda in 13 facilities across six states and four countries.
Leaders in Toledo and Around the World
1981 – 1987: Byron West serves as CEO
SSOE acquires the firm Pickney & Associates and SSOE Nashville is established.
Today, our Nashville office is part of our thriving Southeast U.S. Operations.
1988 – 1989: Raymond Patel serves as CEO.
1989 – 1992: Frank McAuliffe serves as CEO.
SSOE establishes our Troy, Michigan office.
Today, we have 50+ associates working in our Troy office location— primarily supporting architecturally-led projects in the healthcare, commercial, and education sectors.
Significant projects include ongoing work at Pharmacia, an expansion to the Honda Anna Engine Plant, the University of Toledo Glass Bowl Stadium expansion, Maumee Bay State Park, Rock Island Arsenal, Huron Valley Sinai Hospital, and US Xpress Corporate Headquarters.
SSOE establishes a formal Total Quality Management Program.
1993 – 2001: Gary McCreery serves as CEO.
Ford Q1 Quality Achievement Recognition.
NATIONALLY RANKED AUTO PLANT DESIGN FIRM (ENR)
SSOE ranks 2nd nationally in the Top 15 in Auto Plants. This ranking is thanks in part to our homegrown Jeep.
SSOE selected as lead A/E for the design of the new assembly plant representing a $1.2 billion dollar investment by Chrysler—SSOE’s largest project to date at the time.
First ISO 9001 certification is awarded to our Automotive Branch.
The firm wraps up work on Toyota’s first factory in continental Europe. The plant, located in Valenciennes, France will produce a new small car, the Yaris.
2002 – 2014: Tony Damon serves as CEO.
SSOE acquires AVCA
A consulting engineering firm in Maumee, Ohio, adding more than 50 employees.
SSOE opens its first international office in Shanghai, China, which quickly grows to be one of SSOE’s largest offices.
Awarded E Award for exporting by Ohio Governor Bob Taft.
Named a “Best AEC Firm to Work For” by BD+C Magazine, a “Cool Place to Work” by Crain’s Detroit and a “Hot Firm” by ZweigWhite as one of the 200 fastest growing AEC firms in the U.S.
Al Samborn honored by the City of Toledo as Toledoan of the
SSOE expands stock ownership to senior associates and names 53 new senior associates and 37 new associates.
SSOE begins the process of entering the construction management field.
SSOE pledges $629,000 in donations to The University of Toledo.
This extends a longstanding partnership with the university starting as far back as Al Samborn teaching classes there.
SSOE sponsors a guest lecture series for the College of Engineering, has endowed several scholarships, is one of the largest employers of the University of Toledo College of Engineering students, and is a trusted design partner.
Technical rotation program.
Hot Firm by ZweigWhite names SSOE as one of the 200 fastest growing architecture, engineering, and environmental firm in the U.S.
Awarded China design license.
Al passes away
A talented engineer, successful businessman, and esteemed educator, a dominant theme of Al’s leadership was his foresight and willingness to move the firm in new directions.
SSOE acquires Evergreen EDC
Significantly expanding the firm’s West Coast presence and bringing expertise in high-tech manufacturing.
Volkswagen’s Chattanooga manufacturing plant is awarded a Platinum certification, the highest designation possible from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED® green building certification program.
SSOE provided full EPCM services on this $1 billion project.
SSOE acquires NKS Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
(Also known as d-Tech) in Mumbai, India, our first international acquisition.
SSOE wins ACEC National Engineering Excellence Grand Award
For World’s First LEED® Platinum Automotive Manufacturing Plant—Volkswagen’s Chattanooga Assembly Plant.
Tom Thompson retires as SSOE’s first and only 50-year employee.
SSOE formalizes its commitment to Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) by dedicating staff.
SSOE establishes operations in Mexico with an office in León.
Bob Howell is appointed as the President and CEO.
SSOE named a Great Workplace
By Great Place to Work®, a third-party certification company.
SSOE and Autodesk jointly host the first annual reality capture summit at SSOE’s headquarters, bringing together vendors and clients interested in sharing best practices in laser scanning.
SSOE demonstrates its leadership in Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) by delivering numerous successful projects and presenting at conferences including: the Spring BIMForum (Laser Scanning), SPAR (Demystifying Large Point Cloud Data Sets), and Lean Construction Congress (The Role of Culture in promoting VDC).
SSOE celebrates 2.5 million hours worked with no recordable safety incidents!
SSOE expands Southeast U.S. operations
With acquisition of Birmingham-based architectural firm, The Burell Group.
Sentury Tire selects SSOE for complete design of a 1.4 million SF tire manufacturing facility in LaGrange, Georgia.
SSOE was actively engaged in the two largest manufacturing plants being built in the world—supporting major investments in the semiconductor and advanced manufacturing industries.
SSOE celebrates 70 years in business
On August 8th, 2018, SSOE commemorated their 70-year legacy with celebratory events across the organization.
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