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!
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
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!
On 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.
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!
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.