Tagged: Sioux City Iowa

Sioux City again tops Site Selection’s list of metro areas with most economic development


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 

You can also read the full Site Selection Article here. 


It’s a crazy way to raise money


Thompson Electric’s very own, Nick Rol was one of dozens of people to rappel down the side of the Howard Johnson hotel in downtown Sioux City.  Why would he do such a stunt?  It was all for a good cause.  He did it to raise money for “Big Brothers – Big Sisters of Siouxland.”

To participate, you had to personally raise $1000 to reserve a spot and Nick raised $1400.

For the Big Brothers – Big Sisters of Siouxland, this was their first year putting this on this event and didn’t really know what to expect.  They had over 70 people rappelling which means they raised over $70,000 and brought awareness to the Big Brothers – Big Sisters of Siouxland.

Thank you Nick for stepping up to the challenge and raising money for a good cause.

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.

Bike Riders



As spring continues to brighten our lives with sunny days and warmer temperatures, it feels good to be outside with Mother Nature.

After the long days of winter, sitting in an office and looking outside, when that warm and sunny day appears, sometimes you just have to go outside and take advantage, ever how short it is, to enjoy the fresh air.  Recently, three of our Project Managers, had such a day.  Ray DeWitt, Barrie Larsen and Rob Costello took the company bicycles for a lunch time ride.  I don’t know what inspired them to go on a ride, maybe the sunny day, maybe they needed to relax and relieve some stress or maybe they are getting ready to ride in RAGBRAI, which starts in Sioux City this year.

Whatever the reason, it’s great to see the bicycles that TEC Corp purchased last year for our employees as part of the Blue Zone initiative, getting a good work out.

I hope to see more employees taking advantage of those sunny days, going for a bike ride.