What’s In Your Cup? Dangers Associated With Energy Drinks

Published: June 2017
By Tom O’Connor

Construction workers often use energy drinks, such as Monster and Red Bull, for a quick pick-me-up. However, many people are unaware of the risks their consumption poses. Using these highly caffeinated and nutritionally deficient beverages can result in serious health complications. In fact, many companies in the construction industry have deemed energy drinks dangerous enough to ban them from work sites.  Read the rest of the article here.

fleX – Future Leaders Excelling Graduation 2017

The inaugural fleX Class of 2017 have become graduates after 9 months of study.  During this time these individuals learned all aspects of business, leadership skills, and project management techniques while working in real life situations.  They encountered real life scenario’s set up to help them understand and learn firsthand about how to work and negotiate with a variety of people.

These graduates included Nick Hoffman, Dillan Malloy, Brice Sayler and Tyler Walsh.  The graduation included the instructors from the year and the graduate’s families.

The fleX Program started on September 8th and ended on May 18th, 2017, and Graduation Day ended with a celebratory dinner and award ceremony. Congratulations to the graduates of 2017.

Omaha Leadership Development

Our Omaha team recently completed the Leadership Development class taught by Lisa TeSlaa. The course featured ways to increase productivity through managing priorities, mastering communication, increasing personal and team productivity/performance, goal setting/achievements, and methods to help implement the lessons.

The course was taught every other week for 12 sessions in the Omaha office. The 12 employees that attended were Todd Becker, Scott Gunderson, Cathy Buenrostro, Lynn Kahnk, Mick Coffman, Frank Egan, Tim Lichtas, Kevin Dawson, Sam Ouedraogo, Jeff Stack, Richard Weisbrod and George Turner.

We are proud of the commitment made to achieve completion of the Leadership Development course.

Congratulations to all…

Boss Lift

Recently Rob Costello, Project Manager with Thompson Electric was nominated to participate in the Employer Support for Guard and Reserve (ESGR) outreach program, for a Boss Lift operation.

The Boss Lift is a program where employers and supervisors participate in various training exercises. During Rob’s trip with the 185th Air Refueling Wing of Sioux City, he flew on a KC135 refueling plane.  The mission was to refuel A-10’s from the 442nd FW Air Force Reserve over Missouri.

Before the flight, the group was briefed on the daily procedure, what to expect during the flight and facts about the KC135. Information included how much fuel the KC135 can carry, how quickly it can offload fuel, the plane range, the fuel system and how it transfers within the plane.

During this unique experience, Rob was able to experience all aspects of a mid-air refueling exercise.

Congratulations to Rob for being chosen for the ESGR outreach program.

Sioux City Litter Dash

Thompson Electric and TEC-Corp employees participated in the Sioux City Litter Dash last Friday.

13 teams with 900 volunteers in total from local Siouxland businesses and community groups took part.

The goal of the litter dash was to help cleanup and beautify our community and reduce littler in the environment.

The Thompson and TEC-Corp team had 13 members total. The assignment was the Perry Creek trail from 11th to 19th street. It was quite an undertaking, but it was a great way to help clean up the walking trail. In total 175 bags of litter were collected. Of that 175 bags 52 were picked up by the Thompson and TEC team!

Thank you to everyone to who pitched in for the inaugural Sioux City Litter Dash!

GEAPS

Recently, Thompson Automation & Specialty Services participated as an exhibitor, in the National GEAPS (Grain Elevator and Processing Society) Expo in Kansas City, MO.  More than 3000 people from all aspects of the grain industry attended the 3 day event.

Mike Pendergast (Thompson Automation and Specialty Services) and Rob Costello (Thompson Electric) handled the booth duties promoting arc flash awareness, infrared thermal imaging and electrical safety for grain elevators. Thompson Automation and Specialty Services is using these national expos to create awareness of the dangers of electrical hazards in grain handling facilities.  As a result, owners and operators of grain facilities, are now realizing the dangers of electricity and the need for arc flash risk assessments, electrical surveys and training for their employees.

The interest generated by our presence at the GEAPS Expo, and the follow up from our contacts made at the Expo, emphasizes the growing interest in electrical safety and the need for Thompson Automation and Specialty Services to stay active in the grain industry.