- BS Chemical Engineering 1969
Mr. Donald Dixon, a native of Michigan, was awarded a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1969. Following graduation, he worked as a Product Engineer and then a Sales Engineer for the Shell Chemical Company in Torrence, California. In 1971 he joined Gage Products in Ferndale, Michigan as Sales Engineer. He later held positions as Executive Account Manager and Vice President before being named President in 1991. In this latter capacity, he oversees all manufacturing and sales activity at the 175-employee company, which supplies solvents and chemicals to the automotive industry. Gage Products has international operations in the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Brazil.
Mr. Dixon is also President of Dell Marking Systems, an affiliated company of 18 employees, which produces automated color identification processes and equipment. He is the Co-Inventor of the Cobra Paint Line Cleaner, which won the 1992 Michigan New Product Award. Mr. Dixon serves on the boards of Community Services of Oakland County and the Executive Committee for the Oakland County Workforce Development. He is a member of the National Association of Chemical Recyclers and is a member of the International Trade Committee of the Oakland County Business Round Table. Mr. Dixon was named “Business Person of the Year 1993” by the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce. Under his leadership, Gage Products received the PACE Award in 1996, and the Franklin Award for “The Best in Family Run Businesses” in 1997.
From 1995 Induction to the Department of Chemical Engineering Academy