SSOE Moves up Two Spots in ENR’s “Top Ten Food Processing Firms” Survey

TOLEDO, Ohio, July 22, 2009Engineering News Record, one of the industry’s primary news publications, ranked SSOE ( number four among the top ten food processing firms in the United States. The new ranking reflects an increase of two spots over the 2008 numbers. “We attribute this increase to our client focused philosophy,” said Vince DiPofi, who leads SSOE’s food group. SSOE has completed more than 500 food-related projects throughout the last five years. ”

Whether it’s for a food manufacturing community like CCCL’s special economic zone in India, or a major food manufacturer like Heinz, our commitment to helping our food clients meet their challenges is our prime objective.” DiPofi, also a senior vice president and principal at SSOE, noted that food manufacturers face a unique blend of issues concerning safety regulations, manufacturing specs, and government standards. “We are confident that our food group can successfully tackle any of these issues in an environment that is marked by added value and cost effectiveness,” DiPofi said.

SSOE’s food experts have been quoted in a number of industry publications. Some have also authored articles such as Dan Messinger’s “Conducting Excellent Energy Audits,” for Food Manufacturing Magazine and Vince DiPofi’s piece in Professional Engineering. Other professional food engineers like SSOE’s Ed Gerken have been called on by Food Engineering Magazine for expert feedback on the 21st century issues food companies handle daily. Upcoming articles by additional SSOE experts include a new piece by Dan Messinger in Area Development dealing with sustainable food production and another in On the Line by John Stauffer that focuses on improving manufacturing processes.

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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