SSOE and Goodyear Sponsor Safety Award in Puladian, China

Acknowledges One Million Hours Worked With No Recordable Accidents

Oct 26, 2009, 13:57 ET from SSOE

SHANGHAI, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and SSOE Group acknowledged the safety record at Goodyear's newest tire plant, now under construction, with an achievement award in recognition of more than one million hours worked without a recordable accident. The award was accepted by BVEC Piling Contractors on behalf of all those working on the job.

The almost $500 million facility located in Puladian, China will consist of multiple buildings situated on a 195 acre site. SSOE is providing full engineering, procurement, construction management (EPCM) services for the project.

Andrew Kwok, General Manager of SSOE's China operations, said the safety award was a noteworthy accomplishment. "Safety is an integral part of the mindset at Goodyear and SSOE," Kwok said. "This award is an indication of our commitment to work hard to protect the well-being of each person working on the site."

Director of Global Capital Projects for Goodyear, Steve Portalupi, supported Kwok's sentiments when he noted the importance of hitting the one million hour safety mark. "This one million hour safety milestone is a tremendous achievement. And it's one that doesn't just happen. It is the result of a dedicated effort by everyone on the job site to work safely every minute of every day. Goodyear appreciates the commitment of SSOE and our construction contractors to embrace our safety initiative that "No One Gets Hurt". In doing so we help ensure that everyone returns home without an injury."

Just recently, the plant reached two million hours worked with no recordable incidents. "This new record attests to Goodyear's and SSOE's ongoing efforts to create a safe workplace," Kwok said. "It sends a message to our industry that we are serious when it comes to safety."

Work on the multi-year project began in March, 2008. Currently SSOE has a 30 person project team, providing EPCM services on site. In addition, SSOE's engineers are supervising, managing and checking the design completed by a local design institute in Dalian, China.

About SSOE

SSOE is an international EPCM firm ranked eleventh among the largest engineering and architecture firms (Building Design + Construction, 2009). SSOE has also been named one of the "Best AEC Firms to Work For" (Building Design + Construction) and as one of the fastest-growing U.S. architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms by ZweigWhite, Hot List 2009.

With 18 offices around the world, SSOE is a leader in providing sustainable and renewable solutions. The company has earned a solid reputation providing architecture, engineering, procurement, and construction management services to the automotive, healthcare, science and technology, energy, alternative energy, biofuels, chemical, food and beverage, glass, and personal care industries. SSOE has completed projects in more than 30 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

About The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs over 70,000 people and manufactures its products in more than 60 facilities in 25 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear, go to

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