For the third year in a row, the trade publication Site Selection has named Sioux City as the small-size metro area with the most economic development projects.
Sioux City had 26 new or expanded corporate facilities in the category for metros with populations between 50,000 and 200,000 in 2017. That doubled up double the three metros who tied for second place with 13 qualifying projects — Owensboro, Kentucky, Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Gainesville, Georgia. Read the full article here: Sioux City Journal
The USS Sioux City, one of the Navy’s new class of littoral combat ships, is nearing completion at a Marinette, Wisconsin ship yard. The USS Sioux City will be the 11th of the new class of ships, designed to sail nearer the coast and into shallower waters than other naval vessels. The ships are designed for mine detection, clearing mines, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare. It’s expected to be launched in December 2015.
The USS Sioux City commander and other crew members were guests at the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner where the USS Sioux City crest was unveiled. The crest features the colors of the Iowa flag, the Floyd Monument, and other local features to tie the ship to our community.
The ship will be commissioned in the spring of 2017. Work began on the ship in 2014 with the keel laying at Marinette Marine, in Marinette, Wisconsin. When complete the USS Sioux City will carry a crew of 95 on missions as long as 21 days. The ship weighs 3,500 metric tons, and measures nearly 380 ft. long.
Posted by Siouxland Chamber of Commerce on Sept 30th.
As our business continues to evolve and grow, there have been some changes on the project management side of things at Thompson Electric. Over the past few months Thompson Electric has hired 5 new project managers and a new service manager. Thompson is a family where we try to promote from within whenever possible. Thompson Electric of Sioux City was excited to be able to bring in from the field, Rob Costello and Barrie Larsen. Both Rob and Barrie bring with them years of experience working for Thompson Electric, plus the added advantage of having some well established relationships with clients in the Sioux City area.
In Omaha, we are excited to be able to add Len Mollak and Jeff Stack to our successful team. Len worked previously for a general contractor as a project manager, and brings his years of experience and contacts to the Omaha team. Jeff is another field promotion having worked for many years as an electrician in the Omaha area.
Luke Schulte was promoted from field electrician to managing the prefabrication shop to project manager in Sioux Falls and Mark Tycz was a field electrician and was hired by Thompson Electric to be the service manager. Luke and Mark are another example of a success story, of being an electrician we brought inside to work at the next level with our clients.
Len, Jeff, Barrie, Rob, Luke and Mark all bring a diverse set of skills to the project management team and the service department for Thompson Electric. As Thompson Electric continues to grow and increase our market share in all three locations, we will always be in the need for good project managers to serve our clients.
Thompson Electric employees are involved in many charities. They include many non-profit and charity organizations, and are also active in church groups, school associations as well as community youth programs as leaders, coaches and mentors.
A partial list of the non-profit and charitable organizations that our employees are a part of include, American Diabetes Association, Boxers & Bras for a Cause, Boys and Girls Home and Family Services, Inc., Boy Scouts of America, Briar Cliff University, Camp High Hopes, Center for Siouxland, Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence, girls inc., Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement of South Dakota, Morningside College, Nebraska Humane Society, Ronald McDonald House, Sioux City Growth Organization (SCGO), Sioux Falls Area Humane Society, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, Siouxland Humane Society, United Way, UnityPoint Health and WIT Community College, plus many others.
In these challenging times, it makes me proud to be associated with the employees of Thompson Electric and all they do for their communities. It says a lot about a company that has so many employees active in their communities. A company is a reflection of its self through its employees and that reflection has made Thompson Electric the company that it is today. Our strength is our people.
Renee Beaulieu (CFO) of Thompson Electric has been elected as Chair of the Board for the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce. Renee was introduced as the incoming chair last Tuesday, at the Chamber’s annual dinner, which was attended by 1450 people. She will serve a one year term, starting October 1. For the three years prior to her appointment, Renee served as Treasurer of the Chamber.
As Chair, Renee will lead the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, working very closely with Chris McGowan, President of the Chamber and the Siouxland Community Foundation. Some of the challenges that Renee will be taking on include the shortage of labor, shortage of housing, and a “Quality of Life” initiative aimed at retaining young people in our community. One of Renee’s first official duties will be leading the 13th Tri-State Governors’ Conference at the Dakota Dunes Country Club on October 9. Renee brings both a strong background in business and finance as well as excellent leadership skills to her new role.
Congratulations, Renee, on your new appointment! The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce has made a great choice to lead them for the next year. We look forward to seeing your picture and reading about your accomplishments in the Journal this next year.
Thompson Electric Company’s ongoing and active involvement in the Chamber–we’ve been a member for 27 years and now enjoy the distinction of providing two chairs within the past decade–reflects our commitment to the community, its residents, and our employees. Actively engaging in service like this contributes directly to our community’s quality of life and economic growth.