In 2013 Thompson Electric, Electric Innovations and TEC-Corp moved into a 3 story building. Allowing all companies to operate under one roof including our prefabrication shop for Thompson Electric.
We have embraced the growth of our prefab in all of our locations. Each facility has increased their ability for expanding prefab for all our projects. Sioux City recognized the need for more room to meet our preconstruction needs.
The decision was not an easy one to make, separating the prefab from our office but the opportunity arose recently for a more cohesive space. The transition to the new Thompson Preconstruction Facility began last week.
Corey Floyd, Preconstruction Manager has worked hard to develop the opportunity for prefabrication to all projects. We are excited to see what the future holds!
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.
It’s been a very busy time at Thompson Electric this summer. There have been a lot of new hires, new offices and new business units for Thompson Electric.
First, we have hired a lot of very talented people to fill some existing positions and also for new positions. The new positions are Human Resources – TEC Corp, General Manager – Thompson Specialty Services, Office Administrator – Thompson Specialty Services, Administrator Coordinator – Thompson Electric in Sioux City and a new Assistant Service Manager in Sioux Falls and Omaha.
Thompson Electric in Omaha moved into their new office location over Memorial Day and are still getting settled in, while Thompson Electric in Sioux Falls has purchased a new building with the anticipation of moving sometime in September.
Also, we officially started Thompson Specialty Services as its own business unit. TSS will service and develop new business with arc flash, infrared thermal imaging, preventive maintenance, solar energy and many other opportunities that are being worked on and developed.
Finally, all three offices are extremely busy with work. So, you can see it has been a busy summer at Thompson Electric and looking ahead, the future looks just as busy.
On January 30th, the 23rd Annual Awards Banquet was held at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City. With the weather cooperating, the attendance was great for the annual event.
The evening started with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, followed up with a delicious dinner. After dinner the program started with Skip Perley making a few comments about the events that happened this past year at Thompson Electric and EI. After his opening comments, a few videos were played featuring what our clients say about Thompson Electric and EI (Electric Innovations). If you want to see these videos, please go to our web-site at www.thompsonelectriccompany.com.
For the Years of Safety Awards, TEC Corp recognized 192 employees that had no incidents this past year and we had 2 employees, Tim Hall and John Staiert that have gone 23 years with no incidents. That is quite an accomplishment. We also celebrated Awards for Years of Service, with 17 employees recognized for 5 years of service, 10 employees with 10 years of service, 6 employees with 15 years of service and Mike Julius with 20 years, Tim Hall with 25 years and John Staiert with 30 years of service.
We also want to congratulate Roger Scheitler and Chuck Carnell on their retirement. They both spent many years working for Thompson Electric and will be greatly missed, but we wish them well in their retirement.
To close out the evening, we were entertained by Emmy Award winning, an acapella group, Tonic Sol-Fa.
As 2015 comes to a close for TEC-Corp, we already are looking forward to 2016.
Thompson Electric in Omaha is on the move. Having out grown their existing facility, they had the need for more office space, as well as, more prefabrication space. The search was on to find a building that would support both those needs. After an extensive search, an existing building was found, in Omaha which will provide the much needed space. The new location will provide an additional 9,000 sq. ft. of space, as well as, an easier location to find.
The new space is needed as a result of growth in the Omaha office. The Omaha office has seen significant growth the last couple of years and is planning on continuing this growth. As this growth continues, more office and field staff will be required, as well as, a larger prefab shop.
This is an exciting time for Thompson Electric, as we continue to grow. Our employees are a big reason why we have this growth, by developing relationships and then performing excellent work for our clients. Team work is what generates this growth and Thompson Electric has a great team.
Fast and furious was the construction schedule for Dimmitt Hall dormitory on the campus of Morningside College. Dimmitt Hall was to have a complete renovation this past summer, but it couldn’t start before May 11th, after the classes were over this past spring and it had to be completed before August 14th, when students start to arrive this fall, which makes this a fast track project.
The renovation included all new electrical service to the building and new electrical switchgear, new wiring throughout the entire facility, including students’ rooms, hallways and common spaces. With the fast schedule, Jerry Grimsley – Foreman for Thompson Electric and his team worked approximately 58 hours per week and at the peak of construction, Thompson Electric had 26 workers on site. This took a tremendous amount of coordination and communication, with Ray DeWitt – Project Manager, and Jerry leading the team for Thompson Electric working with Hawkins Construction from Omaha. A total of over 14,000 man hours were worked by the Thompson Electric’s field staff.
Dimmitt Hall is the largest residence hall on campus and is capable of housing about 385 students in two-, three- or four-person rooms. In addition to the new wiring in the student’s rooms, new common spaces were created, as well as new laundry facilities throughout the building. There is also a community kitchen, fitness center and music practice room that were added to Dimmitt Hall.
A big congratulations goes to Ray, Jerry and their team for finishing a fast & furious project on time and on budget.
Where has the time gone? It’s almost the start of school and it seems like summer should just be starting. The start of school affects us all in different ways. Just how we deal with it, is what matters.
Whether you are working in the office or field, we now have to pay closer attention to children on the way to school, young drivers with a car full of distractions and the school buses. The same can be said about later in the day, when we are leaving our jobs. There are after school activities, children walking home, same young drivers hurrying to go someplace (they aren’t always sure where), and the school buses.
Routines also change, getting up earlier, the breakfast schedule, little more traffic, and so more time is needed to get to work, after school activities with volleyball, football and lots of other activities.
So, way am I blogging about back to school and the summer going so fast. Focus and Safety. We can become distracted very easily thinking about our kids and grandkids. So we need to stay focused on the tasks at hand and continue to maintain the excellence of safety coming to, working and going home from your workplace. So continue your safe ways and get home safe and enjoy.
So, when you see the kids at the bus stop, think back about your school days. For some of us, it was a long, long time ago, but, it also seems like just yesterday.
Stay Focused and Be Safe…