In 1949, four fraternity brothers from Case Western Reserve — engineers, inventors, risk-takers — joined forces to create Solon Manufacturing Co. It was a time of post-war industrialism in northeast Ohio. They built a 3,000-square-foot building and began making conduit benders and products for cleaning auto parts.
In the 1950s, they added Belleville springs. Through the 1960s, with a move to Chardon, Ohio, they continued to diversify, making relief valves for John Glenn's high-altitude flight suit (worn on his first Earth orbit in 1962) and adding a line of industrial controls, including pressure switches for the Alaskan Pipeline Project.
The Solon Belleville spring and Industrial Controls divisions are still going strong today, as the company celebrates 60 years in business.
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