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Sioux City Litter Dash

Thompson Electric and TEC-Corp employees participated in the Sioux City Litter Dash last Friday.

13 teams with 900 volunteers in total from local Siouxland businesses and community groups took part.

The goal of the litter dash was to help cleanup and beautify our community and reduce littler in the environment.

The Thompson and TEC-Corp team had 13 members total. The assignment was the Perry Creek trail from 11th to 19th street. It was quite an undertaking, but it was a great way to help clean up the walking trail. In total 175 bags of litter were collected. Of that 175 bags 52 were picked up by the Thompson and TEC team!

Thank you to everyone to who pitched in for the inaugural Sioux City Litter Dash!

S.A.V.E. Yourself, Active Shooter Training

Imagine, if someone came through your business door with that distant look in their eyes and suddenly pulled out a gun and started shooting.  What would you do, how would you react, where would you go?  All good questions that we probably hardly think about, but it can happen.

Recently, TEC Corp, Thompson Electric – all locations, TASS and EI all went through extensive training on what to do and how to respond to a shooter who may enter your business with the intent to harm or kill as many people as they possible can.

What should you do?  How to SAVE yourself.

  1. Run or Flee – get away from the shooter safely if you can – through another door, a window, kick a hole in the drywall or any type of exit.
  2. Hide – tie the door shut using your belt, electrical cord or anything you can wrap around the door knob or door closure, barricade yourself in a room using as many obstacles to put in front of the entrance to the room. Make it hard for them to enter the room you are hiding in.
  3. Fight – as a last result, fight for your life. Throwing items at the shooter, this can be anything found in your desk or surroundings.  The natural instinct of a person is to duck and follow the item thrown at them with their eyes, which takes away their ability to aim at their target. Physically attack the shooter and disable them until authorities arrive.  Most shooters do not want physical violence.

Most people will survive a shooting if they react to the situation.  If you do nothing then your chances decrease in surviving.  So always be aware of your surroundings, no matter where you are, to either run, hide or fight.

SAVE Yourself.

Brookings Hospital Opening:

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It was a big moving day for more than a dozen patients at Brookings Hospital Tuesday.  The $46 million, 62,400 sq. foot expansion is complete after about 16 months of work.  The state-of-the-art addition includes 24 private rooms for patients, visitors and family.  They also welcome a new indoor MRI unit that can accommodate all body sizes.

CEO, Jason Merkley said the additions they have added, both in equipment and space, will help Brookings residents get local care.  “Some of the amenities that we didn’t have that some of our folks in Sioux Falls had was something we needed to have updated,” said Merkley.  Some new features, specifically the indoor MRI, seem self-explanatory.  Merkley said changes like these gives the staff the opportunity to do more.  “It’ll make us more efficient. It’ll have a much better experience for our patients to be able to enter into how we take care of them within our world,” said Merkley.

Thompson Electric of Sioux Falls was the electrical contractor for the Brookings Hospital.  Thompson Electric provided value enhancement, project management and an experienced field team. Overall, phase one was very successful and now work has started on phase 2, renovating parts of the old hospital.

Learning the Art of the Sale…

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This past week Gene McNaughton of Elite Consulting was brought in as a sales consultant for Thompson Electric, Thompson Specialty Services and Electric Innovations.  For over 25 years, Gene has passionately pursued the answers to questions like, “What difference does your difference make?”

The day-long session provided several ways to improve the way you communicate with new and existing clients.  From the tone of your voice to the knowledge you have about a product or situation.  Knowledge is power and the way you communicate this knowledge to your client is critical. Overall, the training session was very beneficial from helping give the inexperienced person keys on being successful in sales, to giving the experienced person a reminder on best sales practices.

At the end of the day, we all had the opportunity to use what we learned to break a 12” x 12” x 1” board in half by focusing and concentrating on the task at hand.  Everybody used this information and broke their board.  Many also used the board to symbolically “break through” to a new approach, energy, or even a personal goal.

In order to fulfill our pillar of “Employee Engagement and Excellence” we know we must continually provide opportunity to learn and grow. Last Wednesday, we did both and had a great time doing it.

Finally – New Office Location in Sioux Falls

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They have been looking for years and finally a building became available that meet the needs of Thompson Electric in Sioux Falls.  The new office has 15,500 sq. ft. of which 4,000 is office space and 11,500 will be prefab and shop space.  In addition, there is a 2 acre fenced in lot for vehicle parking, material storage and other needs.

The new office location is in the same general area of Sioux Falls as the previous office, with easy access from I-29.  The new facility has the office space needed for growth and the space in the prefab area to continue the expansion of our prefab opportunities.

So, after looking for the right building for what seemed a very long time, it finally happened and Thompson Electric in Sioux Falls has a new home that will serve them for many years to come.

Thompson Teamwork!

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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.

Busy time at Thompson Electric…

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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.