Tagged: Arc Flash

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

Something new atop Thompson:


Next time you are driving by the Thompson Electric office in Sioux City, look atop the office and you’ll see we are continuing in the Christmas spirit.  We have a new Christmas decoration on top of the 4th floor penthouse, a brightly lit, 12 ft. Christmas tree.

This Christmas tree represents the Christmas spirit of the Thompson Electric’s employees in all of our office locations.

So take a drive by the office in the evening and enjoy the brightly lit Christmas tree.

Today is the first day of Hanukkah.  To all of our Jewish friends, we wish you a Happy Hanukkah.

Jewish communities in the United States celebrate the first day of Hanukkah on the 25th day of the month of Kislev in the Jewish calendar. The Hanukkah period lasts for eight days and is celebrated from the 25th day of Kislev to the second day of Tevet. The first night of Hanukkah (or Chanukah) starts with special blessings at sunset the day before the 25th of Kislev. Many Jewish people light the menorah, also known as the hanukiah (or chanukkiyah), which is a type of candelabrum.

Thompson Specialty Services


What is Thompson Specialty Services?  Thompson Specialty Services was created to be the brand for Thompson Electric’s Infrared Thermal Imaging, Arc Flash Analysis and Electrical Preventive Maintenance programs.  We wanted to create a separate identity to promote these special services offered by Thompson Electric.

About a month ago, Thompson Electric, hired Gary Kelly to be our full time Infrared Thermographer.  Gary is a certified Thermographer and is responsible for the Infrared Thermal Imaging program, from finding the opportunities to taking the infrared scans and preparing the reports.  Infrared technology captures the energy (heat) emitted by an electrical devise to identify potential problems.

The Arc Flash Analysis program is a team effort with Pat Smith and Gary Kelly.  Pat and Gary work together on marketing, making presentations, to preparing the Arc Flash Analysis report for existing or new clients.  What the Arc Flash program does is to create the safety requirements and the proper personal protection equipment needed to open electrical cabinets or switchgear.

The leadership of Thompson Electric is looking to expand our existing Electrical Preventive Maintenance program to all existing clients as well as new clients.  This program provides clients with preventive maintenance on all of their electrical equipment including the checking of breakers to the cleaning of all electrical cabinets and gear.

These three services, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Arc Flash Analysis and Electrical Preventive Maintenance, provide our clients with valuable information.  All of these services coincide together, thus Thompson Specialty Services was established.

Thompson Electric Company – Business Development


After several discussions about the need for a Director of Business Development, the Executive Management team, Skip, Renee, Barney, Kevin and Brian, decided the need was there to hire a Director of Business Development.  In June of last year, Kent Grange was hired for the position.

The primary responsibilities of Business Development (BD) is to work with all three offices to develop relationships with new clients, to strengthen existing relationships and to track new opportunities for Thompson Electric.  All three offices have a unique mix of projects and experience.  It’s BD’s role to help diversify each office and find new opportunities.

Another function of the Business Development position is to create awareness and opportunities for Thompson Electric’s specialty services, such as, Infrared Thermal Imaging and Arc Flash Analysis.  These are services we provide, but had no formal marketing program, so with the help of Skip Perley (CEO), Jerry Jongeling (Infrared Thermographer – Sioux Falls) and Erin Stabile (Marketing Coordinator) we have developed an Infrared Thermal Imaging program that meets the needs of our clients.  We are also in the final stages of creating a program for our Arc Flash Analysis.

Business Development is also working with the General Managers to develop a program to present to Technical Institutes and High Schools to help recruit young people to pursue a career in the electrical industry.  This is a challenge to our industry and Thompson Electric has decided that we need to take an active role in trying to recruit young people to our industry.

It’s been 8 months since BD started with Thompson Electric and one of the things that has impressed us most is, Thompson Electric’s people.  When we go out and call on new or existing clients, we have heard nothing but good comments about Thompson Electric and its people.  Everybody has been extremely helpful to us and your professionalism is why Thompson Electric has an outstanding reputation.

P.S. – Kent also writes the blog for Thompson Electric.

Sioux Falls No. 1


Another year, another No. 1 ranking by Forbes

Forbes released its annual Best Places for Business & Careers ranking today and once again ForwardSF2placed Sioux Falls No. 1 in its “Small Places” category. This is the 10th time Sioux Falls has been the No. 1 place in the last 11 years.

This honor follows CNBC‘s announcement last month that South Dakota notched the top spot as its Best State for Business, including the highest score ever achieved in the ranking’s history. A closer look at Forbes’ numbers reveals that Sioux Falls’ cost of doing business was rated No. 2 and our job growth 14th, both very impressive marks measured against 184 other communities.

Our metro population might be “small” at 238,000, but our community serves a significant regional footprint that supports a higher level of amenities in healthcare, lifestyle and retail than the numbers may represent. We also draw from a larger employment pool than the data reflects.

Part of our community’s ongoing success can be tied to the efforts of the public and private sectors working together through Forward Sioux Falls. Thanks for your continued investment in the Sioux Falls area by investing in Forward Sioux Falls.

Safety – Never taken for granted


Safety comes in all aspects of our daily lives.  Workplace safety, job-site safety, highway safety, food safety, consumer safety, hunter safety and many more too numerous to mention.  We can and probably do, take safety for granted, but as a large employer of 250 plus employees, Thompson Electric does not have the luxury of taking safety for granted.  Safe working conditions and job-site environments do not happen by accident.  I know, Thompson Electric makes safety a priority for the job-site and also for the offices to keep our employees safe.

Three years ago, the leadership of Thompson Electric, made an even stronger commitment to safety by hiring an experienced Safety Director, Jeff Bennett.  Jeff is tasked with keeping our employees safe by visiting job-sites, giving training seminars, providing training to new and current employees and reviewing all of our safety processes and procedures.  At times, he has a thankless job.  Everyone is not always happy to see him when he shows up on job-sites.  Not only does he have the responsibility of employee safety, he also has to be the enforcer of Thompson Electric’s safety requirements.  As I said before, at times a thankless job.  But if and when an accident happens and all personnel are given the appropriate first aid or medical treatment, the first question that gets asked is, how did it happen and what were the safety precautions in place.

So, the next time Jeff shows up at a job-site, think of it this way, he is not there to make your job difficult, he is just there to make sure you get home safely every night.  I’m sure your spouse, significant other and your loved ones appreciate all of his efforts.