The history of the NFPA goes back more than 120 years, founded in 1896 with the mission “To help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge, and passion.” The NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering their mission. Current NFPA membership totals more than 50,000 individuals around the world.
While most are familiar with the NFPA through their publications, many have assumed that the NFPA was a government organization, but in fact, the NFPA is a nonprofit organization. Which means any of its recognized publications, including the well-known “NFPA 70 National Electrical Code, “is not enforceable by law until it is adopted in part or whole by a jurisdictional government such as states. Most states in the US have done precisely this since it was first published in 1896, so it is a common misconception that it is a governmental document.
The same can be said for the NFPA70e as it is also a best practice standard but not itself enforceable by law. In the 70E’s case, however, another agency has adopted it as their standard as their go to, OSHA. OSHA refers to and uses the 70E standard as a guideline to safe electrical work and specifically Arc Flash.
Stay tuned for safety tips throughout May for electrical safety month!
We recently started Foodie Friday’s in our Sioux City office. This month Skip Perley, President/CEO, Barney Pottebaum, General Manager of Thompson Electric Sioux City, Jason Glover, General Manager of Thompson Automation and Specialty Services and Tasha Barker, General Manager of Electric Innovations created a St. Patrick’s lunch that included corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and a meatless stew.
Each month volunteers will work together to plan, prep and cook a meal for at least 60 people. This gives everyone the opportunity to get to know each other, work together and have fun!
This was the first of many Foodie Fridays, it was a great celebration of 5 years in our awesome location. This start of a new tradition will bring all of the companies together for an amazing meal. It also brings excitement for what the future has in store for all of the companies.
We are excited for the next Foodie Friday!
In 2013 Thompson Electric, Electric Innovations and TEC-Corp moved into a 3 story building. Allowing all companies to operate under one roof including our prefabrication shop for Thompson Electric.
We have embraced the growth of our prefab in all of our locations. Each facility has increased their ability for expanding prefab for all our projects. Sioux City recognized the need for more room to meet our preconstruction needs.
The decision was not an easy one to make, separating the prefab from our office but the opportunity arose recently for a more cohesive space. The transition to the new Thompson Preconstruction Facility began last week.
Corey Floyd, Preconstruction Manager has worked hard to develop the opportunity for prefabrication to all projects. We are excited to see what the future holds!
Al Bermudez has been an employee for Thompson Electric – Sioux City for 5 years and is in his 5th year apprenticeship. Al recently participated in his second Ideal Tools – Elite Tradesman Competition, at Lake Buena Vista, FL.
Al began his competition locally, on a Saturday at Echo Supply. The competition included pulling two wires using fish tape thru 3 boxes, connecting one single pole switch in one box, making a slice in the second box, and finally toning out the wires to ensure the switch worked correctly. The judging factors were time, quality and all work had to meet code standards. Al had the fastest apprentice time of 53 seconds.
For the second year in a row Al was one of the 30 finalists that were flown to Lake Buena Vista for the national competition. There was a total of 35,000 applicants nationwide. That’s a pretty amazing accomplishment of its own, but it gets better.
The project he worked on was one he does a lot here at Thompson, LED retrofit and convert a single pole switch that was controlling the lights to 2 three-way switches. Al placed 18th this year in the apprentice division which is a great accomplishment.
Al stated, “I’m just so glad that I have had the chance to represent the state of Iowa twice in Ideals electrical competition. This shows that Sioux City JATC is excelling in training us to succeed in our trade. I am grateful for the journeymen that have taught me so much over the years. I know I could never have gotten as far as I did in these past two years without the skills I learned from them. So a huge thank you to them!”
That’s quite an accomplishment for Al and all of us at Thompson Electric are very proud of Al’s accomplishments. Awesome job Al we can’t wait for the 2018 competition…
Today a different approach to a career fair was started by John Beeck the principal of Loess Hills and Thompson Electric. The focus was on the technology used by Siouxland businesses today.
A select group of local Siouxland Business’s presented to 5th graders at Loess Hills elementary in Sioux City, IA. The goal of the day was to showcase the various skills needed for different careers, with a large focus on literacy and technology.
Tasha Barker of Electric Innovations and Jason Glover of Thompson Automation and Specialty Services both stated that the event exceeded their expectations, the students asked great questions and had positive engagement while talking to the businesses.
The event was very successful and are now talking about doing the event annually.
Thompson Omaha employees enjoyed a day of food and fun with a Thompson Tailgate party held on September 29th. The entire company was invited for burgers hotdogs and sides. Office employees contributed by bringing sides and salads and many desserts. Kevin Lytle, the General Manager made a statement about how important it was to do activities that promote a positive work culture and a chance to relax and have fun! Over 50 employees from Field Service Technicians to CW’s to Office staff participated in this great activity. We are so excited to continue these activities to make our company an engaging and fun place to work!