The Management Team at Mid-Continent is a talented group of professionals chosen for their experience, expertise, and dedication.
+ Team builder
+ Loves new ideas
+ [Often] cool under pressure
+ Guilty Pleasure: C-SPAN
Sanders is a fourth-generation contract manufacturer and is co-owner of Mid-Continent. He received an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and earned his undergraduate degree from American University in Washington, DC.
Sanders is a champion of lean principals and in 2003 initiated MCE's lean program, called MCE Fast Forward. This initiative has added to the company's competitive position and its ability to meet and exceed customer expectations in terms of operational efficiencies, quality control and lead time reductions.
Sanders is retooling MCE for the 21st century, putting the company on a solid path for sustainable, long term growth. Specifically, the company has invested heavily in state of the art manufacturing technologies which leverage the effectiveness of a highly skilled workforce. This has proved to be a solid combination.
+ Change agent
+ Just gets things done
+ Blessed with common sense
+ Doesn’t sugar coat anything
Melissa joined MCE in June 2009 to help grow the company and support its journey of continuous improvement. She has 17 years of manufacturing leadership experience in the areas of business development, lean manufacturing (a student of the Toyota Production System), project management, corporate communications and information technology.
A strategic thinker, who can simultaneously pay attention to every detail, Melissa is known for driving projects to success. She is a planner by nature who will roll up her sleeves and jump into action to do what is necessary to ensure results.
She received her BA in Public Relations from the University of Minnesota. Melissa is actively involved in benchmarking best practices in manufacturing companies as an instructor and Advisory Board Member for the Manufacturer’s Alliance. She also serves on the board of Women in Defense - Minnesota Chapter.
+ Results driven
+ Customer focused
+ Soccer coach and triathlons
Kevin received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.
He also holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Kevin’s 18 years of experience include sales, business development and manufacturing operations. He enjoys developing strong customer
relationships and systemically driving long-term growth.
+ Outdoor enthusiast/mountain climber
+ Proud Dad
As a kid, Tony’s first attempt at building was a boat made out of wood and garbage bags. It was this love for building things and his industrious spirit that brought him to the United States Marine Corps, where he gained a strong background in machining and industrial maintenance. He brought this experience to Koch Refinery in 1996, where he executed overalls of multi-stage compressors, turbines and pumps as the Machinery Asset Coordinator.
Tony joined Mid-Continent in 2009 as a machinist. He was quickly recognized as a leader for his knowledge and efficiency and became the horsepower of Mid-Continent’s production. Rarely found at his desk, he is directly involved with production in every aspect. His passion for empowering others to do their best drives employees to meet and exceed company goals. As a Production Manager, Tony strives to encourage continuous improvement of all job processes. In his free time, you’ll find him reading books about history, or if he could whistle, whistling the National Anthem.
+ Z man/Harley-Davidson rider
+ Best golfer at MCE
Out of the frying pan and into the fire! Z loves a challenge. In 2012, Z (who has been with MCE for 5 years) moved from his Quality Manager/Operation Manager role into Sales. While it was a big departure from his previous experience, it was where the company needed his skills and expertise most. And he is having a blast! The operations team at MCE is thrilled as well, they finally have an ally on the sales side of the business.
He received his BS in Business Management from Montana State, earned his Six Sigma Black Belt and has been a key member of the MCE team since 2007. Z has earned a high level of trust and respect from the customers he comes into contact with. His eye for detail and constant drive to improve processes which effect quality and cost are cited by customers on a regular basis.
+ Calm, cool, collected
+ Golf & fishing diehard
At age 15, Jason began a career in manufacturing working for a former Mid-Continent employee—his father. Richard Thom left Mid-Continent as an estimator in 1976 to start his own machine shop, where Jason worked until joining Mid-Continent in 1981. Since that time Jason has held positions in many areas of the operation, including Cell Lead, Supervisor, Project Manager and, today, Estimating Engineering Manager. Jason also maintains credentials as a Certified Project Manager and Six Sigma Green Belt.
Manufacturing is in Jason’s blood and he possesses the natural engineering skills of analysis and attention to detail. Using these attributes, coupled with his dedication, commitment and willingness to do what it takes, Jason emulates the high standards on which Mid-Continent has been built.
Expertly employing a “Win-Win” approach to his work, Jason continues to raise the bar, in terms of excellence with our customers, by achieving unprecedented results in quality, delivery and pricing. His practical, results-driven approach and ‘get ‘er done’ attitude have clearly demonstrated his ability to help transform an organization for continued success.
Co-Owner & Chairman of the Board
36 years with Mid-Continent