Watch this video to see how Mike Hames’ and Paul Martindale’s education at Briar Cliff University enabled them to create an interactive app. Families will use this app while exploring the exhibits at Sioux City’s Launch Pad Museum. This edition of ‘The Cliff Story” catches Mike and Paul talking about their time at Briar Cliff. We are very proud of all the software development that they both perform at Electric Innovations. https://youtu.be/tRFZgkmojuE
We recently started Foodie Friday’s in our Sioux City office. This month Skip Perley, President/CEO, Barney Pottebaum, General Manager of Thompson Electric Sioux City, Jason Glover, General Manager of Thompson Automation and Specialty Services and Tasha Barker, General Manager of Electric Innovations created a St. Patrick’s lunch that included corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and a meatless stew.
Each month volunteers will work together to plan, prep and cook a meal for at least 60 people. This gives everyone the opportunity to get to know each other, work together and have fun!
This was the first of many Foodie Fridays, it was a great celebration of 5 years in our awesome location. This start of a new tradition will bring all of the companies together for an amazing meal. It also brings excitement for what the future has in store for all of the companies.
We are excited for the next Foodie Friday!
On February 3rd, the 25th Annual Awards Banquet was held at the Delta Hotels by Marriott in South Sioux City. The attendance was at an all-time high for the 25th annual event.
The evening started with hors-d’oeuvres and cocktails, followed up with a delicious dinner. After dinner, we were able to focus the evening on the years of service and safety years of service awards. For the Years of Safety Awards, TEC Corp recognized 225 employees that had no incidents this past year and we had 2 employees, Tim Hall and John Staiert that have gone 25 years with no incidents. That is quite an accomplishment. We also celebrated Awards for Years of Service, with 21 employees recognized for 5 years of service, 7 employees with 10 years of service, 6 employees with 15 years of service and Scott Dawson, Corey Floyd, Barrie Larsen and Todd Trobaugh with 20 years, Ray DeWitt with 30 years of service.
We also want to congratulate Brian Duits and John Young on their retirement. They both spent many years working for Thompson Electric and will be greatly missed, but we wish them well in their retirement.
To close out the evening, we were entertained by Comedian Orny Adams, he has appeared on Teen Wolf, Netflix, Comedy Central, and Showtime to name a few.
What a great evening to wrap up a great 2017.
In 2013 Thompson Electric, Electric Innovations and TEC-Corp moved into a 3 story building. Allowing all companies to operate under one roof including our prefabrication shop for Thompson Electric.
We have embraced the growth of our prefab in all of our locations. Each facility has increased their ability for expanding prefab for all our projects. Sioux City recognized the need for more room to meet our preconstruction needs.
The decision was not an easy one to make, separating the prefab from our office but the opportunity arose recently for a more cohesive space. The transition to the new Thompson Preconstruction Facility began last week.
Corey Floyd, Preconstruction Manager has worked hard to develop the opportunity for prefabrication to all projects. We are excited to see what the future holds!
Sam Ouedraogo, Assistant Project Manager with Thompson Electric Company of Omaha has had a unique experience here at Thompson Electric beginning in summer of 2016. Sam is an Electrical Engineering student, he started at Thompson with a 3-month 400-hour internship.
During his internship, Sam has spent valuable hours in the office and the field. He was able to experience change orders, RFI’s, understanding the importance of planning, prefab and how the field and office team work together to keep projects moving forward. Sam stated, “I could not have done this without the assistance of the projects managers, the field workers and most importantly the opportunity that this company provides for the young uprising generation”.
Upon completion of his internship, Sam was asked to stay with the Team as an Assistant Project Manager. He is continuing his education and looks forward to the opportunities with Thompson after he finishes his degree.
Sam’s goal is to one day return to Burkina Faso and open an electrical company. He stated “combining the technology that I am learning here in USA with my previous experience from Burkina Faso I can bring something new to my country it will be a source of jobs, and new technology for my country to benefit from.” Most of the services we provide here in the USA are not standard in Burkina Faso and Sam hopes he can develop them. The electrical services he hopes to offer are industrial, commercial, automation, preventive maintenance, arc flash and especially renewable solar and wind energy.
Thank you, Sam, for your dedication and hard work. We look forward to the future.
On October 4th, TEC Corp, Thompson Electric, Electric Innovations and Thompson Automation and Specialty Services offices in Sioux City, IA., all participated in the Iowa – Healthiest State Walk. This is the 7th annual Healthiest State Walk and this is the 4th year that TEC, TE, EI and TASS have taken part in the walk. This year, we had 14 healthy minded employees participate in the walk. Jordyn Salem was the coordinator for this year’s walk and did an outstanding job in getting 14 employees to walk for 30 minutes.
The initiative started to help make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. Over the years the interest has grown from Iowans in making communities more walkable, incorporating biking and transit into transportation plans and launching walking school buses so children can walk or bike safely to school.
For more information about the Iowa – Healthiest State Initiative go to http://www.iowahealthieststate.com
We look forward to next year’s Healthiest State Walk and to challenging all of our Iowa employees to make Iowa, the #1 healthiest state.
Seven Miracle motorcycle riders from Siouxland have set out from Sioux City on a long journey for an amazing cause. The Unity Point Health/St. Luke’s “Miracle Riders” left Monday morning from Thompson Electric, who sponsored the send-off, for a 5,000 mile trip on the historic Route 66 to raise money for UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network and all of Siouxland. This is the second annual “Ride for Miracles” for Sioux City.
The riders, riding through whatever the weather is, are scheduled to return home Friday, September 29th with an open reception at the Firehouse Bar.
Check out their website, www.miracleriders.com to watch the live feed, see photos, read blogs from the daily journey and follow their progress as they make their way on Route 66. Their goal is to raise $50,000 during their trip.