Category: Thompson Automation and Specialty Services

Exciting Announcement

LaunchPhotos-Day-2-FBOn May 22, 2018, Electric Innovations and its sister company Thompson Automation and Specialty Services were brought together as a stronger and even more dynamic technology integration company called Thompson Innovation.

Our strategic plan has always been focused on strengthening the technical capabilities and portfolio of solutions we can offer to our customers. This is another step in fulfilling our Corporate Mission: “To be the prime solution provider as recognized by our employees, customers and the communities we serve.”

Under the direction of General Managers, Tasha Barker and Jason Glover, Thompson Innovation will continue to passionately lead our solutions teams in:

  • Managed IT & Software
  • Life Safety & Security
  • Automation & Robotics
  • Electrical Safety & Preventative Maintenance

The addition of solutions previously provided by Thompson Automation and Specialty Services strengthens our ability to meet current and new customer’s needs as one company. For more information contact Thompson Innovation at 712-224-3800 or visit us at www.thompsoninnovation.net

Electrical Safety through the ages: NFPA 70 and 70E

 

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!

The Cliff Story

Watch this video to see how Mike Hames’ and Paul Martindale’s education at Briar Cliff University enabled them to create an interactive app. Families will use this app while exploring the exhibits at Sioux City’s Launch Pad Museum.  This edition of ‘The Cliff Story” catches Mike and Paul talking about their time at Briar Cliff.  We are very proud of all the software development that they both perform at Electric Innovations. https://youtu.be/tRFZgkmojuE

 

Foodie Friday’s

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!

25th Annual Awards Banquet

TEC-Times-Color_Page_BLOGOn February 3rd, the 25th Annual Awards Banquet was held at the Delta Hotels by Marriott in South Sioux City.  The attendance was at an all-time high for the 25th annual event.

The evening started with hors-d’oeuvres and cocktails, followed up with a delicious dinner.  After dinner, we were able to focus the evening on the years of service and safety years of service awards. For the Years of Safety Awards, TEC Corp recognized 225 employees that had no incidents this past year and we had 2 employees, Tim Hall and John Staiert that have gone 25 years with no incidents.  That is quite an accomplishment.  We also celebrated Awards for Years of Service, with 21 employees recognized for 5 years of service, 7 employees with 10 years of service, 6 employees with 15 years of service and Scott Dawson, Corey Floyd, Barrie Larsen and Todd Trobaugh with 20 years, Ray DeWitt with 30 years of service.

We also want to congratulate Brian Duits and John Young on their retirement.  They both spent many years working for Thompson Electric and will be greatly missed, but we wish them well in their retirement.

To close out the evening, we were entertained by Comedian Orny Adams, he has appeared on Teen Wolf, Netflix, Comedy Central, and Showtime to name a few.

What a great evening to wrap up a great 2017.

Salvation Army Red Kettles

 

For the past 2 weeks, Thompson Electric, Electric Innovations, Thompson Automation and Specialty Services and TEC Corp of Sioux City have volunteered to ring bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettles.

Many employees took part in this and we had some wonderful experiences. Thanks to all who rang!

Learning and Growing with Thompson Electric

Sam Ouedraogo, Assistant Project Manager with Thompson Electric Company of Omaha has had a unique experience here at Thompson Electric beginning in summer of 2016. Sam is an Electrical Engineering student, he started at Thompson with a 3-month 400-hour internship.

During his internship, Sam has spent valuable hours in the office and the field. He was able to experience change orders, RFI’s, understanding the importance of planning, prefab and how the field and office team work together to keep projects moving forward. Sam stated, “I could not have done this without the assistance of the projects managers, the field workers and most importantly the opportunity that this company provides for the young uprising generation”.

Upon completion of his internship, Sam was asked to stay with the Team as an Assistant Project Manager. He is continuing his education and looks forward to the opportunities with Thompson after he finishes his degree.

Sam’s goal is to one day return to Burkina Faso and open an electrical company. He stated “combining the technology that I am learning here in USA with my previous experience from Burkina Faso I can bring something new to my country it will be a source of jobs, and new technology for my country to benefit from.” Most of the services we provide here in the USA are not standard in Burkina Faso and Sam hopes he can develop them. The electrical services he hopes to offer are industrial, commercial, automation, preventive maintenance, arc flash and especially renewable solar and wind energy.

Thank you, Sam, for your dedication and hard work. We look forward to the future.