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Thompson Teamwork!


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.

TSS is growing

TSS Sheetrock

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.

Lightning Facts


With this warm weather supposedly coming this week, I thought it would be a good time to remind everybody of the dangers of lightning.  Below are listed some facts about lightning.

Lightning flashes aren’t all the same shape or size, and they don’t all carry the same amount of electrical current. And two clouds that are about the same size may create very different amounts of lightning. It depends on how much electrical charge the cloud has, and that depends on a lot of other things, like how fast air is moving in the cloud and how many ice crystals have formed in the cloud.

Satellites looking down at the earth have shown that there are more than 3 million lightning flashes each day around the world. That works out to about 40 flashes each second. This includes flashes within or between clouds as well as the ones that strike the ground. It sounds like a lot, but it’s less than scientists used to think there were.

In the United States, the state of Florida and the Rocky Mountain region get the most lightning.

Lightning kills about 100 Americans each year. That’s more deaths than result from tornadoes, hurricanes, or any other kind of weather except flash floods. About 400 other people each year are struck by lightning and live through the experience. Those who survive a lightning strike often have serious health problems as a result, such as losing control over some parts of their body or losing their memory.

The best way to keep from getting struck by lightning is to go inside before an electrical storm gets too close. Light travels extremely fast, so the lightning’s flash reaches your eyes instantly, but the sound of thunder travels much slower–one mile in five seconds. If you hear thunder, it means the storm may be close enough to strike your location, so you should go into a house or car until at least 30 minutes after you no longer hear thunder.

“If the thunder roars, get indoors!”

  • A lightning flash is no more than one inch wide.
  • The temperature of a lightning flash is 15,000 to 60,000 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s hotter than the surface of the sun (9,000 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • A stroke of lightning moves about 62,000 miles per second–one-third the speed of light.
  • A single lightning flash carries an electric current as high as 300,000 amperes. For comparison, electrical wiring in a house carries 20 or 30 amperes.
  • What we see as a flash of lightning may actually be three or four different strokes in exactly the same place, one right after another. That’s why lightning seems to flicker.
  • Power failures caused by lightning strikes cost utility companies as much as $1 billion annually.
  • The Guinness Book of World Records lists Roy Sullivan of Virginia as the human being struck by lightning the most times: seven. This is one record you don’t want to beat!

Don’t take chances with lightning, be safe.



Fast & Furious…


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.



Dale McKinney of M+ Architects, of Sioux City, submitted the TEC Corp headquarters as a project of, what to do with an industrial building that’s past its prime, to the American Institute of Architects (AIA Iowa) for recognition.  As a result of Dale’s submission, the TEC Corp headquarters building was selected for the cover of iaarchitect magazine.

The link will take you to the cover of iaarchitect and the associated story of how the old Standard Oil building became home to TEC Corp, Thompson Electric and Electric Innovations.

While our intention was to create a workable and desirable home for our entire team, it is exciting to have our home draw so much positive media attention.

A big thank you to the entire construction team and especially, Thompson Electric, Electric Innovations, M+ Architects, WA Klinger, CW Suter, Sioux City Foundry, Foulk Plumbing, Guarantee Roofing, Blankenship Painting, West Plains Engineering, Overhead Door, Burke Engineering, Custom Woodworks, Curry Floors, Van Osdel Plastering, and the many others that made this project turn out so well

Enjoy the article.


New Web-Sites in Development

Under Construction


In our continuing efforts to keep current with the changing technology, we decided to take a long and serious look at all our company’s websites.  Are we being found by the Search Engines and is the traffic they are generating giving our visitors the features and information they are looking for?  At TEC Corp, we believe that Thompson Electric and Electric Innovations work on unique projects and have a very interesting story to tell of their products and services.  One of the ways to tell our stories, is with the development of new company websites.

Back in October we sent out an RFP (request for proposal) to a selected few companies  that we felt might be able to help us in moving forward, with modern web-site designs for TEC Corp., Thompson Electric and Electric Innovations.  After reviewing the proposals and going through the interview process with the top three selections, a decision was made in December to work with The Gage Team from Sioux Falls.

We have started a series of meetings to discuss what the goals of the new web-sites should be and how we achieve these goals. We are just getting a good start on the new designs for the web-sites.  This is a challenging process in trying to be creative in the design and yet convey what makes our companies unique and special.  This process is expected to take several months to accomplish, but in the end our goal is to have people who visit our web-sites say “WOW, that’s a cool web-site”.

We’ll keep you posted on the “WOW” progress.

The Season of Giving:



It’s that time of year again—time to make lists, check them twice, and help out those in need.

Thompson Electric is once again sponsoring The Salvation Army with their Toy & Mitten/Hat Drive.  We have two Christmas trees set up in the Sioux City office, one for the toys, and another for the mittens and hats.

We have several different options for you to drop off your gifts.  You can drop off your gift at the Thompson Electric (2300 7th St.) reception area and Holly will be happy to assist you, or you can place the toy gift under the Christmas tree at the Thompson Electric entrance on the east side of our building.

If you prefer to play Santa, you can take your gift of mittens and hats to the entrance for TEC Corp and EI, on the west side of our building and place them on the Christmas tree just inside the door.

Let’s all look into our hearts and make this a special Christmas for the children.  We should all be grateful for what we have and be willing to give a little to those less fortunate.

Thanks to everyone who gives.

Merry Christmas & God Bless!!!!