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.
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.
June 14th – 16th, Skip Perley, Brian Spader and Kent Grange attended an E2E Summit in St. Louis. MO. The E2E (Executive to Executive) Summit is by invitation only and for electrical contractors that are progressive and forward thinking. This was our first invitation to this event and hopefully not our last.
At the E2E Summit, electrical contractors met with manufacturers from the electrical industry. The meetings were prescheduled and lasted 45 minutes. We had 5 meetings in the morning and 4 meetings in the afternoon. These meeting were extremely informative, as the manufacturers educated us on the additional services they provide to companies like Thompson Electric, and they also introduced us to new products and technology.
It’s truly amazing the companies we met, from large worldwide corporations to small shops that will customize panels and cabinets to meet your specific needs. Each company wanted to know how they could better support Thompson Electric. Overall, this was one of the best educational summits we have attended.
Every year, the Avera Race brings together family, friends, cancer survivors and others to race for a common goal, enhance cancer care for people right here in Sioux Falls and surrounding communities. Every penny stays local to help your families, friends and neighbors get the treatment and support they need.
The Avera Cancer Institute continues to enhance the lives of cancer patients and their families through YOUR generous support and participation in the Avera Race. The 2016 Avera Race Against Breast Cancer marks its 28th year as Avera McKennan and the Avera Cancer Institute continue their ongoing commitment to providing all women in our community with the most advanced technology and compassionate care available in their fight against breast cancer.
Not only do the employees, spouses and kids from Thompson Electric – Sioux Falls show their support by being a part of the 5,200 runners/walkers, that helped raise $380,000 to benefit the Avera Cancer Institute, Thompson Electric also donated all the material and labor to provide the temporary power for the event. No small feat considering we had to remove and reinstall a light pole at the events starting area.
At the end of the day, the Thompson team not only supported a great cause, they also had a lot of fun.
Sometimes you wonder whether you’re promotional and marketing items provide any value to our customers. You give away items wondering what will happen to them after you leave. Well, we happened to catch a glimpse of a Thompson Electric insulated glass on a KTIV 4 news story about a local company’s wellness program. So next time you receive a Thompson Electric promotional item, who knows, you and our swag might end up on TV.
Original story can be found here: http://www.ktiv.com/video?clipId=12395019&autostart=true
Thompson Specialty Services is growing and on the move. Thompson Specialty Services will now become its own group within TEC Corp and have its own General Manager, Specialized Sales Team / Field Personnel and support team.
There is a growing need for the services that Thompson Specialty Services provide, such as, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Arc Flash Risk Assessments and Sustainability including Solar / Wind power and efficient LED lighting options and more.
This is all very exciting, but it is not without its challenges. We are now in the process of finishing additional office space on the 3rd floor of our existing building in Sioux City. This space will be specifically for the TSS team. Thompson Specialty Services will have employees in our other locations as well. Gary Kelly (Infrared Thermal expert) and Pat Smith (Arc Flash expert) will be located in the Omaha office and Mike Pendergast (Sustainability expert) will be in Sioux City.
These are exciting times as Thompson Electric continues to grow and be a leader in our industry.