SSOE Group Celebrates 70-Year Legacy on August 8th

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 6, 2018 – SSOE Group (, a global architecture, engineering, and construction management firm, is proud to celebrate 70 years in business this coming Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

SSOE was founded in 1948 when structural engineer Al Samborn returned to his hometown of Toledo after completing his military service to start his own engineering firm. Today, the firm has grown into a Top 10 Engineering / Architecture firm (BD+C) with 1,100 employees in 30 global offices across six countries and is one of Ohio’s largest engineering firms.

SSOE will commemorate this milestone anniversary with celebratory events across the organization. At SSOE’s World Headquarters, a ceremony will be held for employees, retirees, and guests on the day of the anniversary, Wednesday, August 8, at 11:30 a.m. in the courtyard at 1001 Madison Ave. A short presentation will kick-off the celebration with guest speakers including SSOE’s CEO and President, Bob Howell; Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur; City of Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz; and other public officials. In addition, Randall and Michael Samborn will speak at the event in honor of their late father and SSOE founder, Al Samborn.

“The professionalism, dedication, and integrity of our employees has always defined SSOE and will continue to define us into the future. Every day, our world-class employees deliver value on world-class projects for our world-class clients,” said Bob Howell, CEO and President. “With a history of stability spanning 70 years, we’ve continued to succeed in an industry of constant change and disruption—so while we’re taking a moment to celebrate this key milestone in our history, we’re also keeping an eye on the future and what’s around the corner—working to ensure we are on the cutting-edge of technology, innovation, and project delivery methods to help our employees and clients succeed for another 70 years and beyond.”

Over the company’s 70 year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to the semiconductor, automotive, food, chemical, glass, manufacturing, healthcare, power, and general building industries—with projects completed in 40 countries. Rankings recently published in the 2018 Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms Sourcebook, which provides market analysis and rankings of the largest U.S.-based AEC firms according to revenue for design services, ranked SSOE to four top 10 spots—2nd in Semiconductor Design; 4th in Manufacturing Design; 5th in Automotive Plant Design; and 7th in Food and Beverage Design.

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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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