Tagged: Journeyman

Elite Tradesman Competition

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Al Bermudez, has been an employee for Thompson Electric – Sioux City for 5 years and is in his 4th year apprenticeship.  Al recently participated in the Ideal Tools – Elite Tradesman Competition, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

Al began his competition locally, on a Saturday at Echo Supply.  Al said he just went for the pancakes, but ended up being the regional winner.  The competition included stripping wire for a 3-way splice and wiring a single pole switch.  The judging factors were time, quality and all work had to meet code standards.

After receiving notification of being this regions winner, Al was flown to Orlando for the national competition.  He said he didn’t realize how big this competition was until he got to Orlando and learned there were 64 invited winners out of 23,000 participants.  That’s a pretty amazing accomplishment of its own, but it gets better.

Friday morning the competition started by wiring a single pole switch to a light and outlet.  This eliminated ½ of the invitees and Al was seeded 8th overall.  The same judging criteria was used at the nationals that was used at the regionals.  Friday afternoon and Saturday morning the wiring challenges consisted of wiring a 220 volt range outlet which included cutting the hole in the drywall, fishing the wire down and finishing the job and wiring a 4 receptacle outlets with GFI’s.  After Saturday morning’s competition, Al was in the Top 10, for the finals that afternoon.

On Saturday afternoon the final challenge was to pull 40 ft. of wire through EMT and wire an outlet, switch and light.

The announcement was made for the winners and Al finished 6th nationally out of all union and non-union competitors.  Al said the experience was tremendous and he has made friends from all over the country and they are staying in touch by Facebook.

That’s quite an accomplishment for Al and all of us at Thompson Electric are very proud of Al’s accomplishments.  Just outstanding…

Thompson’s Service Vans All Decked Out

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Thompson’s Service Vans were all decked out for the Christmas parades in Yankton, SD and Le Mars, IA this past week.

In Yankton, Barrie Larson (PM) his wife Tona and their kids, Ryker & Cooper, Shannon Vornhagen (PM) and son, Colton, Joey Nickles (Apprentice), Brice Sayler (Apprentice), his wife, Kristen and their kids, Corbin & Quinn and Frank Acosta (Service Electrician) all participated in the parade.  They walked by the Thompson van and handed out candy to kids along the parade route and help spread the Thompson holiday cheer.

In Le Mars, Ed Anderson not only decked out the Thompson’s service van, he also pulled the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce float promoting Ice Cream Day’s in Le Mars.  Christine Rasmussen, a friend of Ed’s, also helped in handing out candy and spreading the holiday cheer.

It’s great to see so many of Thompson Electric’s employees participating in their local community events.  Thanks for making the Holidays a little more special.

Learning the Art of the Sale…

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This past week Gene McNaughton of Elite Consulting was brought in as a sales consultant for Thompson Electric, Thompson Specialty Services and Electric Innovations.  For over 25 years, Gene has passionately pursued the answers to questions like, “What difference does your difference make?”

The day-long session provided several ways to improve the way you communicate with new and existing clients.  From the tone of your voice to the knowledge you have about a product or situation.  Knowledge is power and the way you communicate this knowledge to your client is critical. Overall, the training session was very beneficial from helping give the inexperienced person keys on being successful in sales, to giving the experienced person a reminder on best sales practices.

At the end of the day, we all had the opportunity to use what we learned to break a 12” x 12” x 1” board in half by focusing and concentrating on the task at hand.  Everybody used this information and broke their board.  Many also used the board to symbolically “break through” to a new approach, energy, or even a personal goal.

In order to fulfill our pillar of “Employee Engagement and Excellence” we know we must continually provide opportunity to learn and grow. Last Wednesday, we did both and had a great time doing it.

Ride for Miracles…

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Five motorcycle riders, 3 Miracle Riders from Siouxland and 2 Miracle Riders from Georgia, have set out from Sioux City on a long journey for a good cause.  The Unity Point Health/St. Luke’s “Miracle Riders” left Monday morning from Thompson Electric, who sponsored the send-off, for a 4,500 mile trip through the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada to raise money for UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network and all of Siouxland.  This is the inaugural “Ride for Miracles” for Sioux City.

Matt Thompson, a miracle rider said, “we are riding to raise money to buy new equipment for their units, a new Giraffe OmniBed Carestation for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and a new Cub Pediatric Crib for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit which allows the kids up there to stay in one unit and the nurses are able to care for them from start to finish on all sides, so it’s a good thing for them.”

The riders, riding through whatever the weather is, are scheduled to return home Friday September 30th with a reception at the Firehouse Bar.

Check out their web site, www.miracleriders.com  to follow their progress as they make their way around the Great Lakes and to learn more about Ride for Miracles.  Their goal is to raise $50,000 during their trip.

Labor Day…

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Labor Day is a day of rest or the last chance for many people to go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events. The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.

History of Labor Day

The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. The parade inspired similar events across the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a “workingmen’s holiday” on one day or another. Later that year, with Congress passing legislation and President Grover Cleveland signing the bill on June 29, the first Monday in September was designated “Labor Day.” This national holiday is a creation of the labor movement in the late 19th century and pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

Sometimes, we don’t appreciate the everyday things we take for granted, like our employees.  I want to thank all of the people that work at Thompson Electric, Electric Innovations, Thompson Specialty Services and TEC Corp. for their contribution to making this holiday something special to celebrate.  Without them, Labor Day would be a meaningless holiday.

Thank you and enjoy the Holiday that was created for you.

Thompson Teamwork!

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The Thompson Electric PM Team, Field Team and Pre-Fab Team committees held their last quarterly meeting on July 22, 2016 in Sioux City.

This meeting’s theme was Productivity and Teamwork.  Team members discussed hindrances to productivity and how we must all work together to accomplish our goals.

The team activity was held at The Greatest Escape in Sioux City, IA.  Teams are “locked” in a themed room and have 1 hour to find the key to escape.

We had 3 teams in separate rooms work together to solve puzzles and put together clues to find the key.  Based on observations of how each team approached the problem, no one person dominated the activities.  We are very proud to say that everyone contributed as a true team member.

It shows that we have great people who work well together!

Committee Information:  The PM team committee consists of all Thompson Electric project managers and estimators.  The Field team committee consists of two field supervisors from each Thompson Electric division and is appointed by their division manager to serve at least a one year term.  The Pre-Fab team consists of the pre-fab shop manager from each Thompson Electric division.  The purpose of each committee is to bring forth issues relative to their line of work for discussion and resolution across divisions.  Proposed resolutions are carried to the Executive Committee for approval.  The meetings provide opportunities for training and teambuilding activities across divisions as well.

It is through sessions like this that we continue to learn from industry experts, as well as our own experiences, to develop and implement best practices to meet our mission.

Habitat for Humanity…

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A few weeks ago, a group of our Omaha electricians, Joe Perchal, Josh Smulling, Garrett Taub, Chris Estelle, Chris Osborn, Corey Osborn, Brian Osborn, John Hilt and Jason Wilkening, volunteered their time to wire a new home for Habitat for Humanity.  This is a very worthy cause and it’s great to see our employees getting involved in the community.

MCL Construction was the general contractor for the project and United Electric donated the lighting fixtures for the home.  The home has on the first floor, 3 bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, dining and living room and in the finished basement there are 2 bedrooms, bathroom and laundry room.  Our electricians volunteered a couple days to rough wire the house, including Cat 5 and telephone jacks in each room, and also to provide the finishing electrical trim the home.  From start of construction to finish, the home was built in 2 weeks.

This is why we have the best electricians working for Thompson Electric, by going above and beyond for a worthy cause.  Great job guys.