SAULT STE. MARIE — The Sault welcomed a new business to the area just a few weeks ago, Superior Forensic Engineering.


"Our staff has over 100 years of automotive and forensic engineering experience and have investigated thousands of automotive and industrial accidents," said president and principal engineer, Jon Olson. "We also specialize in conducting fire origins and cause and explosion investigations in automotive, residential, and commercial accidents. Our engineers provide expert witness testimony in civil and criminal trials in state and federal courts across the country."


The new company had been in operation in Howell since August 2011 before it expanded to the area. Superior Forensics provides automotive and engineering forensics expertise to an array of clients and products.


Currently, the company consists of four mechanical and electrical engineers alongside two staff analysts who provide investigative and legal analysis for company projects. Olson said the engineering staff has been nationally recognized for their safety research in both the automotive and forensic investigation fields and are members of a number professional organizations, including the Society of Automotive Engineers, the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers.


Olson and his wife, Kristi, both graduated from Lake Superior State University in 1991. Olson achieved a degree in mechanical engineering and Kristi in criminal justice/fire science.


With this expansion, Superior Forensic plans to further expand its staff while also continuing to diversify its engineering expertise. It hopes to expand its testing and research capabilities through potential partnerships with local automotive technical/service centers and with Lake State.


"We were lucky enough to have finished our relocation just as the Governor issued the stay at home order," said Olson when explaining the process behind expanding a business during the coronavirus pandemic. "Because much of our work is tied very closely to the auto industry, we experienced a significant slow down in our normal workload. While we would never wish for this type of thing to have happened, we were able to utilize this downtime to settle into our new home. SFE was fortunate enough to take advantage of the Cares PPP assistance from the US government so this has allowed us to maintain our workforce during these unprecedented times."


Superior Forensic’s primary hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, although times may vary at the moment because of the coronavirus outbreak.


"The Economic Development Corporation is both pleased and excited to have Superior Forensics as part of our SmartZone family," said Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Jeff Holt. "We look forward to their continued success."


For more information on this business, visit superiorforensics.com.


Editor’s note: In the spirit of transparency in our reporting, we must add the author of this story is directly related to the owner of Superior Forensic Engineering.