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Avera – Race Against Breast Cancer



Every year, the Avera Race brings together family, friends, cancer survivors and others to race for a common goal, enhance cancer care for people right here in Sioux Falls and surrounding communities. Every penny stays local to help your families, friends and neighbors get the treatment and support they need.

The Avera Cancer Institute continues to enhance the lives of cancer patients and their families through YOUR generous support and participation in the Avera Race. The 2016 Avera Race Against Breast Cancer marks its 28th year as Avera McKennan and the Avera Cancer Institute continue their ongoing commitment to providing all women in our community with the most advanced technology and compassionate care available in their fight against breast cancer.

Not only do the employees, spouses and kids from Thompson Electric – Sioux Falls show their support by being a part of the 5,200 runners/walkers, that helped raise $380,000 to benefit the Avera Cancer Institute, Thompson Electric also donated all the material and labor to provide the temporary power for the event.  No small feat considering we had to remove and reinstall a light pole at the events starting area.

At the end of the day, the Thompson team not only supported a great cause, they also had a lot of fun.

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Thompson Electric is everywhere you look


Sometimes you wonder whether you’re promotional and marketing items provide any value to our customers. You give away items wondering what will happen to them after you leave. Well, we happened to catch a glimpse of a Thompson Electric insulated glass on a KTIV 4 news story about a local company’s wellness program. So next time you receive a Thompson Electric promotional item, who knows, you and our swag might end up on TV.

Original story can be found here:  http://www.ktiv.com/video?clipId=12395019&autostart=true


Stop and Think…


Electricity – Stop and think about electricity.  I mean, stop and really think about electricity.  It touches every aspect of our lives every day.  You use electricity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and probably don’t even think about it until you pay your electric bill, then complain that it is too high.

In a way, electricity controls our lives, from the alarm clock going off, to coffee and toast, to opening the garage door, putting gas in your car, the traffic signals, provides light in the darkness, heat in the winter, air conditioning in the summer, to charging your smart phone and a whole lot more.  It’s everywhere and we take it for granted.

So, stop, think and look around and see how your life is connected to electricity and where you would be without it.  Then smile to yourself and thank an electrician for making your life easier with the use of electricity.

Career Fairs and Opportunities…



These past couple of months, we have been attending career fairs, recruiting young people to make a career choice working for Thompson Electric.  We have attended the career fairs for Mitchell Technology Institute in Mitchell, SD, Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, IA and Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE. with Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, IA and Southeast Community College in Sioux Falls, SD still to come this spring.  We have found success with young people, when we showcase Thompson Electric and all of the benefits of making a career in the electrical industry.

This is the 3rd year Thompson Electric has participated in these career fairs and they have been very beneficial in recruiting young people to make a career at Thompson Electric.  There are a lot of young talented people out there and we need to continue to be proactive in recruiting and retaining these individuals.  They are our future and our future is now.

TSS is growing

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Thompson Specialty Services is growing and on the move.  Thompson Specialty Services will now become its own group within TEC Corp and have its own General Manager, Specialized Sales Team / Field Personnel and support team.

There is a growing need for the services that Thompson Specialty Services provide, such as, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Arc Flash Risk Assessments and Sustainability including Solar / Wind power and efficient LED lighting options and more.

This is all very exciting, but it is not without its challenges.  We are now in the process of finishing additional office space on the 3rd floor of our existing building in Sioux City.  This space will be specifically for the TSS team. Thompson Specialty Services will have employees in our other locations as well.  Gary Kelly (Infrared Thermal expert) and Pat Smith (Arc Flash expert) will be located in the Omaha office and Mike Pendergast (Sustainability expert) will be in Sioux City.

These are exciting times as Thompson Electric continues to grow and be a leader in our industry.

Lightning Facts


With this warm weather supposedly coming this week, I thought it would be a good time to remind everybody of the dangers of lightning.  Below are listed some facts about lightning.

Lightning flashes aren’t all the same shape or size, and they don’t all carry the same amount of electrical current. And two clouds that are about the same size may create very different amounts of lightning. It depends on how much electrical charge the cloud has, and that depends on a lot of other things, like how fast air is moving in the cloud and how many ice crystals have formed in the cloud.

Satellites looking down at the earth have shown that there are more than 3 million lightning flashes each day around the world. That works out to about 40 flashes each second. This includes flashes within or between clouds as well as the ones that strike the ground. It sounds like a lot, but it’s less than scientists used to think there were.

In the United States, the state of Florida and the Rocky Mountain region get the most lightning.

Lightning kills about 100 Americans each year. That’s more deaths than result from tornadoes, hurricanes, or any other kind of weather except flash floods. About 400 other people each year are struck by lightning and live through the experience. Those who survive a lightning strike often have serious health problems as a result, such as losing control over some parts of their body or losing their memory.

The best way to keep from getting struck by lightning is to go inside before an electrical storm gets too close. Light travels extremely fast, so the lightning’s flash reaches your eyes instantly, but the sound of thunder travels much slower–one mile in five seconds. If you hear thunder, it means the storm may be close enough to strike your location, so you should go into a house or car until at least 30 minutes after you no longer hear thunder.

“If the thunder roars, get indoors!”

  • A lightning flash is no more than one inch wide.
  • The temperature of a lightning flash is 15,000 to 60,000 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s hotter than the surface of the sun (9,000 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • A stroke of lightning moves about 62,000 miles per second–one-third the speed of light.
  • A single lightning flash carries an electric current as high as 300,000 amperes. For comparison, electrical wiring in a house carries 20 or 30 amperes.
  • What we see as a flash of lightning may actually be three or four different strokes in exactly the same place, one right after another. That’s why lightning seems to flicker.
  • Power failures caused by lightning strikes cost utility companies as much as $1 billion annually.
  • The Guinness Book of World Records lists Roy Sullivan of Virginia as the human being struck by lightning the most times: seven. This is one record you don’t want to beat!

Don’t take chances with lightning, be safe.