On 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
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.
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.