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The Management Team at Mid-Continent is a talented group of professionals chosen for their experience, expertise, and dedication.



+ 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.

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+ Z man/Harley-Davidson rider

+ Customer-focused

+ Practical

+ 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.

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+ Calm, cool, collected
+ Dedicated
+ 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.

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Controller &
Human Resources

+ Calm in a crisis
+ Holds on tight to the purse strings
+ Advocate for continuous improvement

Jodi joined Mid-Continent in July 2011 as Corporate Controller and HR Manager and has 26 years of financial and operations experience most recently as Director of Operations and Corporate Controller with an IT infrastructure and consulting firm. Jodi's experience has driven increased efficiency in the Accounting and Human Resources functions.

Jodi is a board member of Women in Defense and actively participates in community events. She is an avid golfer and quilter. She doesn't sweat the small stuff and remains calm in any crisis while maintaining a sense of humor.

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Co-Owner & Chairman of the Board
36 years with Mid-Continent