Services Unlimited joins company to form Thompson Automation and Specialty Services
SIOUX CITY, IA – March 6, 2017 – TEC-Corp., the parent company of Thompson Electric has acquired the assets of Service Unlimited Inc. of Ireton Iowa, an industrial controls and automation company. The purchase allows Thompson Electric to deliver innovative controls and automation process solutions to customers throughout the Midwest. Industries such as agriculture, water/waste water treatment, food processing, oil and gas, light and heavy manufacturing, utility production and distribution and more. The acquisition also marks the creation of Thompson Automation and Specialty Services. A new company to meet the needs to customers requiring support solutions beyond those of traditional electrical contractors.
“Our strategic investment in the purchase of Services Unlimited represents a significant strengthening of our technical capabilities and portfolio of solutions to offer customers,” said Skip Perley CEO of Thompson Electric parent company TEC-Corp. Skip continued; “Mel and the team at Services Unlimited bring to Thompson Electric more than 30-years of expertise in automation and a true commitment to customers’ satisfaction. We look forward to their joining our team at Thompson Automation and Specialty Services.”
“We are excited to join Thompson Automation and Specialty Service to create a regional leader in the automation and controls process market. We will continue to deliver the high-quality solutions that our loyal customer base has come to expect,” said Mel Schwiesow, Services Unlimited founder and President. “This creates the best combination available to help customers uncover the benefits of process controls that drive production efficiencies.”
Thompson Automation and Specialty Services now adds process control and automaton to its list of available solutions. Previous offerings included Arc Flash Risk Assessments, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Electrical Preventative Maintenance, large scale LED Lighting Retro-fitting, and Solar and Wind Energy Generation. “Thompson Electric has earned customers trust and loyalty for nearly 85-years by providing innovative solutions to meet customers’ unique needs,” said Jason Glover, General Manager of Thompson Automation and Specialty Services. “The addition of solutions in the area of controls and automation only strengthens our ability to meet current and new customer’s needs.”
Specific controls and automation solutions now provided by Thompson Automation and Specialty Services include:
- System Design and Engineering
- Custom Software Programming
- UL Certified Customer Control Panel Fabrication
- Equipment Installation and Commissioning
- Instrumentation Installation, Set-up & Calibration
- Hardware and Programing Maintenance Service
About Thompson Electric Company
Thompson Electric is a premier Midwest electrical contractor since 1933 that services the commercial, industrial, healthcare, education, government, low voltage and residential industries. Thompson Electric is a forward thinking innovative leader in the industry with the ability to revolutionize its business model. We utilize technology in every aspect of our business from estimating, arc flash risk assessment, infrared thermal imaging, 3D, Cad, BIM/Revit, electrical preventive maintenance (EPM), Solar, Automation and Controls, design build, prefabrication to project management and field supervision. To support our regional growth, the company maintains permanent offices in Sioux City, Omaha, Sioux Falls.
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…
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 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.
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.