For more than 12 years, Dico Manufacturing Owner Diane Centofanti has held a hands-on passion for welding shunts. Her long-term dedication to creating quality products helped earn DiCo its status as a premier manufacturer of custom laminated welding shunts and resistance welding components. Centofanti brings innovation and excellence to an industry where female leadership is still considered non-traditional.

“After being second in command for several years, I realized there was a shortage of female leadership in the welding industry,” Centofanti said. “The beginning of my career was a challenge, but eventually I could demonstrate my knowledge in a way that earned confidence and respect from our customers and competitors.”  
DiCo is a member of several professional associations, including the Michigan Business Professional Association (MBPA) and the American Welding Society (AWS). They are also a certified member of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), who are dedicated to advancing the success of certified women's business enterprises. 

“The WBENC has given me multiple opportunities to attend events that provided a network with other women business owners who face similar day-to-day challenges as I do,” Centofanti said. “It has also been a great resource to connect with businesses that promote entrepreneurship in manufacturing.”   

According to the National Women’s Business Council, while women-owned businesses have seen a 20.1% increase from 2002 to 2007, manufacturing companies are not included in the list of top women-owned industries. As a constituent of WBENC, DiCo maintains a niche identity in the world of welding.

“Being a part of WBENC has shown me that there are many successful women holding ‘high-ranking’ positions, not only in our industry, but in manufacturing across the board,” Centofanti said. “This understanding has empowered me to continue to move ahead with expanding DiCo’s vision, goals and networking opportunities.”

DiCo Manufacturing continues to evolve as a company to provide customers with the best all-around value in the resistance welding products. Centofanti aims to build on her company’s solid reputation for delivering manufacturing excellence that satisfies exact customer specifications.


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