The Inside Story of Your Grocery Bag

The Inside Story of Your Grocery Bag
A trip down the aisles at any retailer is a showcase of engineering accomplishments. It takes a dizzying series of processes to manufacture custom product containers, package them and get them within your arm’s reach. For the manufacturer, getting all that right is vital to the success of its brands. Procter & Gamble leads the high stakes world of billion dollar brands and retailing innovation. So when a major retailer requests a product be offered in a special size, and on the shelves in stores nationwide by a certain date, P&G rallies to make it happen. At one plant, P&G in turn relies on SSOE to retrofit equipment, modify conveyor lines, and determine packaging specifications, shipping flow and dozens of other engineering feats that allow them to meet this retailer’s demands. A glimpse into how SSOE makes this happen will forever change the way you look at the contents of your grocery bag. Continue Reading →

It’s 9am…Somewhere

It’s 9am...Somewhere
Any number of factors can drive a project: quality, technology, cost savings, etc. Beyond the construction documents that any number of firms could provide, a good consultant identifies what is driving a specific project and adjusts its traditional approach to ensure your priorities are met. Case in point. When two wireless companies merged, they needed to add high-speed data capabilities to their southeastern U.S. network. With fierce competition already in place, this needed to happen almost as fast as the computer signals fly over the system. Obviously speed was the driving factor, and a traditional 9 to 5 approach wouldn’t cut it. Instead, we assigned a geographically diverse team in different time zones to make around the clock progress possible on a project spanning from Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas and Mississippi to China. “This project required speed as well as engineering details,” notes Floyd White, PE, senior electrical engineer and technical leader on this project. “SSOE’s Shanghai office helped produce 450 sets of drawings in four months.” Using data gathered locally and a predeveloped set of five prototype designs, engineers in SSOE’s Shanghai office helped create the drawings to kick off each location’s work. Continue Reading →

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 →