Thompson Electric 80 Years Later…


1933 – The United States was in the middle of the Great Depression, unemployment was at 24.9% and yet Alfred C Thompson started Thompson Electric Company that still bears his name today. You have to admire and also wonder what he was thinking, to start a new business during the Great Depression. He must have been a man of great fortitude, vision and a very good businessman.

Just think of some of the events of 1933…work on the Golden Gate Bridge begins, the “Lone Ranger” begins a 21 year run on ABC radio, NYC premier of King Kong, US ends prohibition, the FDIC was created, the Loch Ness monster was first reportedly sighted by John Mackay and Thompson Electric Company was started. Think about the changes in technology, from our electricians carrying their tools in a wooden toolbox, carrying a ladder and riding a streetcar to their job-site, to today where our foreman have I-Pads and we have the technology with BIM/Revit, to prefabricate materials off site and in advance of a job starting.

80 years later, Thompson Electric still carries on Alfred’s Thompson’s legacy. We are providing quality services to the residents and businesses of Sioux City, Sioux Falls and Omaha and as of today, those offices in Sioux City, Sioux Falls and Omaha have made Thompson Electric Company one of the Midwest’s premier electrical contractors and I would like to think that Alfred Thompson would have a slight grin on his face and give a nod of approval on what Thompson Electric has become and our vision for carrying on his legacy for another 80 years.