In Praise of the Innovative Enterprise

In Praise of the Innovative Enterprise
"This is a phenomenal enterprise,” began Ohio Governor Bob Taft at a press conference at SSOE’s headquarters on July 18. “There is more work getting done here more quietly then anyplace in the entire state of Ohio. What this company does is incredible and it is a great success story. [SSOE] is a company that is investing and growing and expanding here and has an impact world wide. In fact, just this year I was very proud to present SSOE an "E" Award for Excellence in Exporting for the second time. They come with me on my trade missions. They are operating in China and Europe; they are operating in Mexico. They are truly a global enterprise.” Continue Reading →

New and Expanding Offices

New and Expanding Offices
SSOE recently opened a new office in Chicago, Illinois. This office will serve local clients as well as act as a resource pool for the recruitment of national talent. SSOE is also expanding three existing locations – Cincinnati, Ohio; Midland, Michigan; and Toledo, Ohio. The Cincinnati office will be adding staff and square footage to accommodate additional professional horsepower. Midland will also be expanding their office and doubling the current number of workstations in the coming months to make way for additional staff. Last but not least, the Toledo office has added over 120 jobs this past year, and relocated corporate staff to make room for additional operations. Continue Reading →

SSOE on China

While China offers many opportunities for foreign enterprise, the road to success is lined with many potential pitfalls for a business making its first move into China. Here are some tips to make the most of your experience in China. Building a facility in China? Some pitfalls to avoid … Continue Reading →

A Number of Ways SSOE Is Growing

SSOE is growing as the result of a strategic effort to improve the level of service we offer you. Our growth is deliberate. Bigger isn’t always better, but in this case it is. We are building our network of experts, expanding our geographic reach, and growing the technological tools we have at our disposal. The evidence? According to Engineering News Record magazine, SSOE is one of the fastest growing design firms in terms of revenue. In fact, our revenue is up by 20% in the last 12 months alone. It doesn’t stop there; in that same period, we added 5 new locations across the country to our 10 existing worldwide locations (read more about our new locations in the next story). We also ensured that our technology is growing along with us by using cutting edge tools to get your projects done more quickly, more cost-effectively, and more accurately (see page 5 for details). To make sure we have the bench strength and expertise you deserve, we increased our staff by more than 35% in the past 3 years A Number of Ways SSOE is Growing The cell phone market offers a glimpse into the challenges of tapping the increased buying power of China. Due to strong brand recognition and established product lines, global companies such as Nokia, Motorola, and Samsung held about 90% of the cell phone market in China in 2000. However, as use of cell phones grew, the global brands were not as effective at advertising and Continue Reading →

Oh, the Places We’ll Go

Oh, the Places We'll Go
Next time you see us it might be in your local grocery store instead of the job site. We’ve decided it’s not enough to hop on a plane to come visit. We want to be a member of the community. As part of our growth strategy, you will now find SSOE offices in St. Paul, Minnesota; Midland, Michigan; Washington DC; and Shanghai, China (see story on page 2). Our St. Paul office, led by David Smith, P.E., is a prime example of how our growth promotes your growth. One of the clients this office serves is Freedom Fuels in nearby Mason City, Iowa. Due to growing energy costs and environmental concerns, this emerging business in the biodiesel market stands at the brink of tremendous growth. Our creative project approach, including partners who help with financing and experts who help with process development, are making this investor’s dream a reality (read more on page 3). In addition, St. Paul serves local clients like Northshore Mining, a client and industry experiencing tremendous growth due to China’s increasing demand for iron (see page 2 for how we’re helping mining companies grow their operations safely). Continue Reading →