S.A.V.E. Yourself, Active Shooter Training

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

SAVE Yourself.

Sioux Falls Leadership Development

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…

Siouxland Chamber Golden Ticket Promotion

 

 

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.

Thompson Electric Acquires Automation Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Services Unlimited joins company to form Thompson Automation and Specialty Services

SIOUX CITY, IA – March 6, 2017 – TEC-Corp., the parent company of Thompson Electric has acquired the assets of Service Unlimited Inc. of Ireton Iowa, an industrial controls and automation company.   The purchase allows Thompson Electric to deliver innovative controls and automation process solutions to customers throughout the Midwest. Industries such as agriculture, water/waste water treatment, food processing, oil and gas, light and heavy manufacturing, utility production and distribution and more. The acquisition also marks the creation of Thompson Automation and Specialty Services.  A new company to meet the needs to customers requiring support solutions beyond those of traditional electrical contractors.

“Our strategic investment in the purchase of Services Unlimited represents a significant strengthening of our technical capabilities and portfolio of solutions to offer customers,” said Skip Perley CEO of Thompson Electric parent company TEC-Corp.   Skip continued; “Mel and the team at Services Unlimited bring to Thompson Electric more than 30-years of expertise in automation and a true commitment to customers’ satisfaction.  We look forward to their joining our team at Thompson Automation and Specialty Services.”

 “We are excited to join Thompson Automation and Specialty Service to create a regional leader in the automation and controls process market.  We will continue to deliver the high-quality solutions that our loyal customer base has come to expect,” said Mel Schwiesow, Services Unlimited founder and President. “This creates the best combination available to help customers uncover the benefits of process controls that drive production efficiencies.”

Thompson Automation and Specialty Services now adds process control and automaton to its list of available solutions.  Previous offerings included Arc Flash Risk Assessments, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Electrical Preventative Maintenance, large scale LED Lighting Retro-fitting, and Solar and Wind Energy Generation.  “Thompson Electric has earned customers trust and loyalty for nearly 85-years by providing innovative solutions to meet customers’ unique needs,” said Jason Glover, General Manager of Thompson Automation and Specialty Services.  “The addition of solutions in the area of controls and automation only strengthens our ability to meet current and new customer’s needs.”

Specific controls and automation solutions now provided by Thompson Automation and Specialty Services include:

  • System Design and Engineering
  • Custom Software Programming
  • UL Certified Customer Control Panel Fabrication
  • Equipment Installation and Commissioning
  • Instrumentation Installation, Set-up & Calibration
  • Hardware and Programing Maintenance Service

About Thompson Electric Company
Thompson Electric is a premier Midwest electrical contractor since 1933 that services the commercial, industrial, healthcare, education, government, low voltage and residential industries.  Thompson Electric is a forward thinking innovative leader in the industry with the ability to revolutionize its business model.  We utilize technology in every aspect of our business from estimating, arc flash risk assessment, infrared thermal imaging, 3D, Cad, BIM/Revit, electrical preventive maintenance (EPM), Solar, Automation and Controls, design build, prefabrication to project management and field supervision.  To support our regional growth, the company maintains permanent offices in Sioux City, Omaha, Sioux Falls.

 

Central Baptist Church

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Recently, the Central Baptist Church in Sioux City had received water damage in the sanctuary due to a faulty fire sprinkler line.  The damage was extensive and included some electrical installations.

Thompson Electric was contacted to work with their team in restoring the sanctuary.  In addition to the restoration work, the church also had Thompson Electric add some additional accent lighting on the crosses in the sanctuary.

After it was all completed, the pastor and several members of the church sent notes of thank you in appreciation of the work done by Nick Hoffman, Kenny O’Dell and Mike Julius.  It’s great to receive acknowledgement from our clients on the professionalism and friendliness of our employees.  This is what makes Thompson Electric such a special place to be associated with.

Tasha Barker is Recognized by WITCC

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Tasha Barker was recognized in the President’s Report 2016 for WITCC as the WITCC co-Alumni of the Year.  Tasha is the General Manager of Electric Innovations, part of the Thompson Electric family.

A 1993 graduate of East High, Tasha Barker began working at Gateway Computers advancing up through customer service, sales, finance, manufacturing, global products and finally the Gateway Country Stores until 1999. She then devoted two years to Christian ministry and working at Belle of Sioux City. While working full time and raising her son, Barker began her non-traditional, post-secondary education at WITCC in 2002.

“I had enrolled to be a part of the inaugural Online Certificate of Nursing Program. Upon completion of my LPN exam, I proceeded into the Associates Degree of Nursing Program. It was a very proud moment for all of my family, as I was the first person in my family to obtain a college diploma.” said Barker.

Her experience and advanced education allowed her to move up in her career with the casino. She spent the next six years as the Compliance and Regulatory Manager for The Argosy Casino during which time she continued her education through the WITCC extension program with Bellevue University. She completed her BS in Healthcare Management and is working to complete her MBA program there as well.

During her time at the casino, Barker says she was fortunate to have worked with many non-profit organizations and had the pleasure of joining the Foundation Board at WITCC in 2012. While on this board, she was introduced to the President and CEO of TEC Corp, Skip Perley. In 2013, she made a career decision and accepted a position to work with Skip Perley at Electric Innovations.

“Today I serve as the General Manager for Electric Innovations. I am currently the President of the Foundation Board at WITCC. I am a board member for the Foundation at Unity Point and am a long-standing Community Impact Volunteer for the United Way of Siouxland. I am the proud mother of two boys. My oldest son is a busy young man who lives and works in Sioux City, while my youngest son is at home with me in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. My personal interests include anything that involves family, friends and lots of laughter,” said Barker.

Congratulations to Tasha for being recognized by WITCC.

Brookings Hospital Opening:

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It was a big moving day for more than a dozen patients at Brookings Hospital Tuesday.  The $46 million, 62,400 sq. foot expansion is complete after about 16 months of work.  The state-of-the-art addition includes 24 private rooms for patients, visitors and family.  They also welcome a new indoor MRI unit that can accommodate all body sizes.

CEO, Jason Merkley said the additions they have added, both in equipment and space, will help Brookings residents get local care.  “Some of the amenities that we didn’t have that some of our folks in Sioux Falls had was something we needed to have updated,” said Merkley.  Some new features, specifically the indoor MRI, seem self-explanatory.  Merkley said changes like these gives the staff the opportunity to do more.  “It’ll make us more efficient. It’ll have a much better experience for our patients to be able to enter into how we take care of them within our world,” said Merkley.

Thompson Electric of Sioux Falls was the electrical contractor for the Brookings Hospital.  Thompson Electric provided value enhancement, project management and an experienced field team. Overall, phase one was very successful and now work has started on phase 2, renovating parts of the old hospital.