• Genevieve Smith

Superior Forensics moves to SmartZone


Shortly before Michigan’s Stay-At-Home Order was put in place, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation welcomed the newest client to its SmartZone business incubator. On March 18, 2020, Superior Forensic Engineering expanded to Sault Ste. Marie after several years of operation in Howell, Michigan, where the company was founded back in August 2011. Superior Forensics provides automotive and engineering forensics expertise to an array of clients and products. Their extensive background in forensic engineering, automotive design, manufacturing, and safety, as well as their commitment to “honesty, integrity, and attention to detail,” give the company a distinct edge among larger engineering firms.


Superior Forensics is currently composed of four mechanical/electrical engineers and two staff analysts who provide investigative and legal analysis for company projects. The engineering staff have 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.


Superior Forensics president, Jon Olson

“Our staff has over 100 years of automotive and forensic engineering experience and have investigated thousands of automotive and industrial accidents,” says 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.”


Olson says the Sault has always been home to he and his wife Kristi, who is an analyst for SFE. Both graduated from Sault High and are 1991 alumni of Lake Superior State University. In their new location, the company hopes to expand their engineering and analyst staff and to continue to diversify their engineering expertise.


“We also plan to expand SFE’s testing and research capabilities through potential partnerships with local automotive technical/service centers and with LSSU,” said Olson.


Superior Forensics’s primary hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. (times may vary however, due to statewide COVID-19 prevention measures). Visit their website or follow them on Facebook more information on their company, their clients, and recent projects.


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

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