December 2017 – Chardon, OH – Solon Manufacturing Company announces that current president, J. Timothy Dunn will assume the role of Chairman of the Board and appoints Diane Popovich as its new company president, effective January 1, 2018. Popovich holds the first female executive position in company history.


With his transition to Chairman of the Board, Dunn will take an active role in providing leadership to the organization’s officers and executives. Dunn joined Solon in 1979 after graduating from Ohio University. His career began in manufacturing as a lathe operator where he quickly developed his skills in operations and management.


“Diane’s success in strengthening operational efficiencies throughout the company are invaluable to the growth of Solon,” said Dunn. “Her vision and leadership will continue to enhance the strategic growth and profitability of our organization.”


Popovich joined Solon Mfg. in 2015 as the Sales & Marketing Director, and became the VP of Operations in 2017. Serving the manufacturing industry for over 20 years, Popovich’s experience managing and streamlining operations across the organization make her a natural choice for the position. Prior to joining Solon, Popovich served as Sales Director at Nook Industries in Cleveland. Diane graduated from Kent State University with a BS in Education, English. 


As President, Popovich will oversee all areas of the organization with a key focus on strategic planning and infrastructure. “I am excited and honored for the opportunity,” said Popovich. “I look forward to partnering with our incredibly talented team leaders to deliver the strategic objectives we have outlined to support Solon’s mission and vision.


Founded in 1949, Solon Manufacturing Company is a global leader in the design and manufacture of Belleville springs, washers, industrial pressure switch products, and SF6 gas density monitoring equipment to industries in over forty countries.




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