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.
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!
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.
Imagine, if someone came through your business door with that distant look in their eyes and suddenly pulled out a gun and started shooting. What would you do, how would you react, where would you go? All good questions that we probably hardly think about, but it can happen.
Recently, TEC Corp, Thompson Electric – all locations, TASS and EI all went through extensive training on what to do and how to respond to a shooter who may enter your business with the intent to harm or kill as many people as they possible can.
What should you do? How to SAVE yourself.
- Run or Flee – get away from the shooter safely if you can – through another door, a window, kick a hole in the drywall or any type of exit.
- Hide – tie the door shut using your belt, electrical cord or anything you can wrap around the door knob or door closure, barricade yourself in a room using as many obstacles to put in front of the entrance to the room. Make it hard for them to enter the room you are hiding in.
- Fight – as a last result, fight for your life. Throwing items at the shooter, this can be anything found in your desk or surroundings. The natural instinct of a person is to duck and follow the item thrown at them with their eyes, which takes away their ability to aim at their target. Physically attack the shooter and disable them until authorities arrive. Most shooters do not want physical violence.
Most people will survive a shooting if they react to the situation. If you do nothing then your chances decrease in surviving. So always be aware of your surroundings, no matter where you are, to either run, hide or fight.
Our Sioux Falls 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 Sioux Falls office. The 7 employees that attended were Chet Mehrer, Darryln Hamilton, Jeremy VanWell, Mark Tycz, Kelsie Thoreson, Mike Anderson and Lindsey Kovarna.
We are proud of the commitment made to achieve completion of the Leadership Development course.
Congratulations to all…
The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce had a promotional program for its members, that any member who had a gold star on the back of their membership certificate were eligible for a gift certificate.
Congratulations to Bomgaars Supply, Inc. for being a Golden Ticket Winner from the Siouxland Chamber. Bomgaars selected the $50 gift certificate from Thompson Electric Company, chosen through the Siouxland Business Directory.
Thank you to the Chamber for the creative ways you bring Siouxland companies together.