SSOE Group
Among our largest and most loyal clients are internationally diverse automotive manufacturers and suppliers. We shine when we help bring automotive manufacturers into new geographic markets.

Project Profile: KSM Castings Counter Pressure Casting (CPC) Facility

Following a highly successful partnership with SSOE on their first U.S. facility — a greenfield high-pressure aluminum castings plant — KSM Castings again called on SSOE to provide design and engineering expertise for a second U.S. facility, a 53,000 SF state-of-the-art counter pressure casting (CPC) facility. The new facility expands KSM’s U.S. operations and provides a novel cutting-edge casting technology for automotive components manufacturing.
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Project Profile: GM Silao Transmission Expansion Program

Coordinating standards set by General Motors’ Global Facilities Group with the local design and construction standards of the actual plant in Silao, Mexico was a challenge that could have proved costly for General Motors. Without careful communication and teamwork, extensive redesign efforts could have been required to comply to all codes. SSOE’s understanding of General Motors’ Global Facilities Standards, as well as the local design and construction methods, provided a smooth incorporation of design into construction.
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Tire Manufacturing Plant

Continental-150 In effort to expand their market into the United States, a European tire manufacturer looked to SSOE to provide site selection, risk assessment, A/E services, and construction management for their 875,000 SF greenfield tire manufacturing plant. The scope included pursuing a viable site as well as providing assistance with environmental permitting requirements, including air permitting data. The facility will have the capacity to manufacture up to 4.65 million passenger / light truck tires per year within the first construction phase. The master plan for the greenfield site will accommodate up to 2 million commercial vehicle truck tires manufactured per year.
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Assembly Plant

BMW-Spartanburg-150When BMW needed additional production capacity at its most utilized campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina, they needed a firm known for their expertise in automotive facility design. Having completed a previous energy study for the automotive manufacturer and with recognized capabilities, SSOE was secured for the project. The expansion allowed BMW to increase their output from 160,000 to 240,000 automobiles annually.
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Project Profile: Greenfield Transmission Plant

To meet their growing product demand in North America, renowned automotive parts supplier, ZF Friedrichshafen (ZF) chose to build a new transmission plant in Greenville, South Carolina. ZF selected an experienced team comprised of SSOE and other contractors to design and construct the 970,000 SF facility.
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Project Profile: $1 Billion Chattanooga Automotive Production Facility

Volkswagen's LED Test trackHaving successfully performed design work for more than 50% of all greenfield automotive assembly plants built in the United States over the last 10 years, SSOE was well qualified to oversee architecture, engineering, and construction management services for Volkswagen’s new production facility. Volkswagen was also looking for a firm with a strong sustainability focus who would help the company execute its green initiatives. Strong project management was also needed to coordinate the efforts of city officials, local contractors, and an international client to meet a very aggressive timeline for start of production.
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Project Profile: Automotive Assembly Plant

SSOE was commissioned to perform the master planning and design of the Toyota plant near Tupelo, Mississippi. The new plant was originally intended to produce the Highlander vehicle. With the turn in the economy, the plant will now produce the fuel efficient Prius, one of Toyota’s most sought after models.
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Project Profile: Toyota North American Program

Toyota-Program2Toyota has utilized SSOE as their trusted A/E partner of choice since 1999. SSOE’s structural department has consistently designed facilities for Toyota that could be constructed for less than any of their competition in the market place, regularly designing much closer to the actual service factor. SSOE consistently delivers on schedule for Toyota, and the number of errors and omissions experiences is much lower than what they had seen with their previous engineering services providers.

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Project Profile: India Technical Center

To support local demand for vehicles, General Motors called upon SSOE to assist with a conceptual design and site analysis for their first technical center in India.

The conceptual design was a representation of local architecture while being conducive to a state-of-the-art technical center. Multiple security measures were put into place including multiple access points for both external and internal use from different levels of personnel. These highly secured spaces could only be accessed by specific groups and prevented visualization from inside and outside of the facility.

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Project Profile: Research and Engineering Center

Based on its long-term relationship with SSOE in the U.S., Ford China hired SSOE to coordinate development and construction of a Research and Engineering Center in China to improve product development.
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