Thompson Omaha employees enjoyed a day of food and fun with a Thompson Tailgate party held on September 29th. The entire company was invited for burgers hotdogs and sides. Office employees contributed by bringing sides and salads and many desserts. Kevin Lytle, the General Manager made a statement about how important it was to do activities that promote a positive work culture and a chance to relax and have fun! Over 50 employees from Field Service Technicians to CW’s to Office staff participated in this great activity. We are so excited to continue these activities to make our company an engaging and fun place to work!
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.
Tasha Barker was recognized in the President’s Report 2016 for WITCC as the WITCC co-Alumni of the Year. Tasha is the General Manager of Electric Innovations, part of the Thompson Electric family.
A 1993 graduate of East High, Tasha Barker began working at Gateway Computers advancing up through customer service, sales, finance, manufacturing, global products and finally the Gateway Country Stores until 1999. She then devoted two years to Christian ministry and working at Belle of Sioux City. While working full time and raising her son, Barker began her non-traditional, post-secondary education at WITCC in 2002.
“I had enrolled to be a part of the inaugural Online Certificate of Nursing Program. Upon completion of my LPN exam, I proceeded into the Associates Degree of Nursing Program. It was a very proud moment for all of my family, as I was the first person in my family to obtain a college diploma.” said Barker.
Her experience and advanced education allowed her to move up in her career with the casino. She spent the next six years as the Compliance and Regulatory Manager for The Argosy Casino during which time she continued her education through the WITCC extension program with Bellevue University. She completed her BS in Healthcare Management and is working to complete her MBA program there as well.
During her time at the casino, Barker says she was fortunate to have worked with many non-profit organizations and had the pleasure of joining the Foundation Board at WITCC in 2012. While on this board, she was introduced to the President and CEO of TEC Corp, Skip Perley. In 2013, she made a career decision and accepted a position to work with Skip Perley at Electric Innovations.
“Today I serve as the General Manager for Electric Innovations. I am currently the President of the Foundation Board at WITCC. I am a board member for the Foundation at Unity Point and am a long-standing Community Impact Volunteer for the United Way of Siouxland. I am the proud mother of two boys. My oldest son is a busy young man who lives and works in Sioux City, while my youngest son is at home with me in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. My personal interests include anything that involves family, friends and lots of laughter,” said Barker.
Congratulations to Tasha for being recognized by WITCC.
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 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.