Six SSOE Employees Earn Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

TOLEDO, Ohio, January 16, 2013 – SSOE Group (, a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced today that six employees have recently earned Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt certifications. Steve Campbell; Dale Feldhaus; Rick Fox, PMP; Jennifer Hrosko, IIDA; John Stauffer, PMP; and Courtney Tolson, PHR all completed the certification training which included 50 hours of direct instructor training followed by a successfully executed certification project.

Mary Stepnick, AIA, PMP, SSOE’s Director of Quality Systems remarked “This graduation ceremony is a perfect way to cap off a very successful year in SSOE’s Continuous Improvement program.  In addition to recognizing over $1.5 million in savings from internal projects we also completed Lean Six Sigma training for more than 40 staff members.  All of this year’s training was accomplished in-house and included various belt ranks from Yellow, which is a 1 day overview, to Green, which is the heart of the program.”  SSOE’s Quality Management System and Continuous Improvement Program give employees the skill sets and tools needed to embark on an aggressive program of process improvement designed to increase efficiencies, reduce internal costs, and pass subsequent savings on to our clients.

Lean Six Sigma training teaches a rigorous application of practical, proven quality management principles that provide the tools, techniques, resources, culture, and business focus needed to maximize customer value. This is done by delivering outstanding quality consistently and by dramatically reducing operational costs through the elimination of waste and inefficiencies.

The LSS certification program is consistent with SSOE’s corporate-wide goal to document efficiencies of at least 5% every year. The group of recently certified individuals were recognized at SSOE’s annual Shareholder’s Meeting in December and were presented with an award to honor their dedication and effort.

About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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