Business: Precision contract manufacturing of high-end assemblies for the military, aerospace and medical equipment markets.

Founded: 1949; taken over by the Marvin family in 1977

Headquarters: Minneapolis


Executive: President and CEO Sanders Marvin

Employees: 80

2009 revenue: $12.3 million, down from $18 million in 2008. Sales on track to reach $14.3 million in 2010, and contracts committed for 2011 indicate growth to more than $19.5 million next year.

Quote: "It was not a nice time to be around here." -- Marvin, talking about the impact of the recession and other factors that reduced 2009 sales to the lowest level in nearly 25 years.