SSOE conducts search for new Polaris plant location

Huntsville, Alabama has a lot to celebrate. It was recently selected as the site for the new Polaris plant, which will generate up to 2,000 jobs and create a ripple effect that will boost the area’s economy. Huntsville’s Mayor, Tommy Battle, jokingly suggested it was a plate of exceptional barbecue ribs that clinched the high-stakes deal. SSOE’s Alexandra Segers stands by the full story. Polaris selected her from a field of qualified candidates to conduct the site selection process — beginning to end. Alexandra considers this one of the fastest site selection processes of this magnitude she’s ever conducted. To put that in context, she has more than 15 years of experience helping major corporations find the best sites worldwide. Continue Reading →

SSOE Group Joins Ford and Walbridge for BlueOval City LIVE Event in West Tennessee

The Firm Provided Full Architecture / Engineering Services on New EV Assembly Plant STANTON, Tennessee, March 29, 2023 – SSOE Group (, an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, is excited to announce its attendance at Ford Motor Company’s BlueOval City LIVE event to celebrate the automaker’s new assembly plant, named the Tennessee Electric Vehicle Center (TEVC), and BlueOval SK battery facility on-site. Part of Ford’s BlueOval City manufacturing complex, Ford’s TEVC resides on the 4,000-acre West Tennessee Regional Megasite in Stanton. Continue Reading →

SSOE Group Celebrates Start of Construction for Ascend Elements’ Apex 1 Greenfield EV Battery Materials Manufacturing Facility in Kentucky

$1 Billion Investment to Produce Sustainable Lithium-Ion Cathode Active Material for Electric Vehicles HOPKINSVILLE, Kentucky, November 7, 2022 – SSOE Group (, an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, recently attended the ceremonial groundbreaking for Ascend Elements’ 500,000 SF greenfield facility in Southwest Kentucky, known as “Apex 1.” The facility will reside on a 140-acre campus and will utilize the fast-growing start-up company’s innovative Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis process technology. SSOE, providing preliminary design services for the first-of-its-kind facility, is part of the design / build team with construction partners Turner and Kokosing, who also attended the groundbreaking. Continue Reading →

SSOE Group to Serve as Architect and Engineer on YKK AP’s New Residential Products Manufacturing Facility in Georgia

Added Capacity, Advanced Technology, and Enhanced Work Environments will Position YKK AP and its Employees for Sustainable Growth ATLANTA, Georgia, August 16, 2022 – YKK AP America Inc. (YKK AP) announced it will invest up to up to $125 million in an expansion that will include a new residential window and door manufacturing facility and additional machinery and equipment in Macon, Georgia. The facility will serve as a model plant for the company’s future North American manufacturing plants, featuring advanced sustainable manufacturing and enhanced work environments for employees. SSOE Group will serve as architects and engineers and JE Dunn Construction will serve as the construction manager for the Macon manufacturing facility. Continue Reading →

Area Development Article: “Due Diligence: Thoroughly Investigating the Technical Aspects of a Site”

Alexandra Segers, Dip.-Ing, Program Manager and International Senior Account Executive at SSOE Group and General Manager of the firm’s Southeast U.S. operations, shares her advice for establishing the suitability of a site in this Area Development article. Evaluating a site with a comprehensive due diligence process that includes adequate research and planning is key to avoiding issues in the design and construction phases. With a lot at stake when selecting a site for a new facility, enlisting the help of an expert to ensure the appropriate studies of the site location and its environment are conducted is the safest bet. Continue Reading →

Business Alabama Magazine Article: “5 Major Suppliers Announce Alabama Plants in 2017”

Alexandra Segers, Dip.-Ing, Program Manager and International Senior Account Executive at SSOE Group and General Manager of the firm’s Southeast U.S. operations, was recently featured in Business Alabama Magazine. The article highlights her recent work with BOCAR, a German-owned Tier 1 automotive supplier that enlisted her site selection expertise for the company’s new $115 million, 72-acre site in Huntsville, Alabama. Continue Reading →