MINNEAPOLIS, July 2, 2010 – Mid-Continent Engineering, a Minneapolis-based precision contract manufacturer, today announced two key personnel moves.

Melissa Sawin has been promoted to operations manager and Kevin Ciresi has been hired as sales manager for the defense and aerospace industries.

“We’re poised for significant growth, and Melissa and Kevin are two of the key players who will help us achieve our aggressive sales and performance goals,” said Sanders Marvin, Mid-Continent president and CEO. “I’m thrilled to reward Melissa with a well-deserved promotion and delighted to land a sales executive of Kevin’s caliber.”

Sawin joined Mid-Continent in 2009 with extensive senior-level experience in lean manufacturing operations, communications, training, marketing and business development. As operations manager, Sawin is responsible for all day-to-day operations at Mid-Continent, as well as the company’s strategic direction and long-term growth as part of the senior management team. Sawin is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Ciresi is charged with growing the aerospace and defense businesses and developing long-term strategic partnerships with customers. His experience includes a decade with Goodrich Corp. (a Fortune 500 supplier of systems to the global aerospace and defense industry), where his responsibilities included driving strategic growth and sales revenue in the aerospace and defense industry. Later, he managed a portfolio of strategic public sector contracts for Imation Corp. Ciresi has a long history of successfully growing sales and landing significant new program commitments. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a master’s in business administration from the University of St. Thomas.


Mid-Continent Engineering is a vertically integrated contract manufacturing firm serving the healthcare, aerospace and defense industries. Working with the world’s premier OEMs, Mid-Continent provides precision machining, complex assembly and precision welding, as well as design, engineering and project management services.

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