Recently, Thompson Automation & Specialty Services participated as an exhibitor, in the National GEAPS (Grain Elevator and Processing Society) Expo in Kansas City, MO. More than 3000 people from all aspects of the grain industry attended the 3 day event.
Mike Pendergast (Thompson Automation and Specialty Services) and Rob Costello (Thompson Electric) handled the booth duties promoting arc flash awareness, infrared thermal imaging and electrical safety for grain elevators. Thompson Automation and Specialty Services is using these national expos to create awareness of the dangers of electrical hazards in grain handling facilities. As a result, owners and operators of grain facilities, are now realizing the dangers of electricity and the need for arc flash risk assessments, electrical surveys and training for their employees.
The interest generated by our presence at the GEAPS Expo, and the follow up from our contacts made at the Expo, emphasizes the growing interest in electrical safety and the need for Thompson Automation and Specialty Services to stay active in the grain industry.
Services Unlimited joins company to form Thompson Automation and Specialty Services
SIOUX CITY, IA – March 6, 2017 – TEC-Corp., the parent company of Thompson Electric has acquired the assets of Service Unlimited Inc. of Ireton Iowa, an industrial controls and automation company. The purchase allows Thompson Electric to deliver innovative controls and automation process solutions to customers throughout the Midwest. Industries such as agriculture, water/waste water treatment, food processing, oil and gas, light and heavy manufacturing, utility production and distribution and more. The acquisition also marks the creation of Thompson Automation and Specialty Services. A new company to meet the needs to customers requiring support solutions beyond those of traditional electrical contractors.
“Our strategic investment in the purchase of Services Unlimited represents a significant strengthening of our technical capabilities and portfolio of solutions to offer customers,” said Skip Perley CEO of Thompson Electric parent company TEC-Corp. Skip continued; “Mel and the team at Services Unlimited bring to Thompson Electric more than 30-years of expertise in automation and a true commitment to customers’ satisfaction. We look forward to their joining our team at Thompson Automation and Specialty Services.”
“We are excited to join Thompson Automation and Specialty Service to create a regional leader in the automation and controls process market. We will continue to deliver the high-quality solutions that our loyal customer base has come to expect,” said Mel Schwiesow, Services Unlimited founder and President. “This creates the best combination available to help customers uncover the benefits of process controls that drive production efficiencies.”
Thompson Automation and Specialty Services now adds process control and automaton to its list of available solutions. Previous offerings included Arc Flash Risk Assessments, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Electrical Preventative Maintenance, large scale LED Lighting Retro-fitting, and Solar and Wind Energy Generation. “Thompson Electric has earned customers trust and loyalty for nearly 85-years by providing innovative solutions to meet customers’ unique needs,” said Jason Glover, General Manager of Thompson Automation and Specialty Services. “The addition of solutions in the area of controls and automation only strengthens our ability to meet current and new customer’s needs.”
Specific controls and automation solutions now provided by Thompson Automation and Specialty Services include:
- System Design and Engineering
- Custom Software Programming
- UL Certified Customer Control Panel Fabrication
- Equipment Installation and Commissioning
- Instrumentation Installation, Set-up & Calibration
- Hardware and Programing Maintenance Service
About Thompson Electric Company
Thompson Electric is a premier Midwest electrical contractor since 1933 that services the commercial, industrial, healthcare, education, government, low voltage and residential industries. Thompson Electric is a forward thinking innovative leader in the industry with the ability to revolutionize its business model. We utilize technology in every aspect of our business from estimating, arc flash risk assessment, infrared thermal imaging, 3D, Cad, BIM/Revit, electrical preventive maintenance (EPM), Solar, Automation and Controls, design build, prefabrication to project management and field supervision. To support our regional growth, the company maintains permanent offices in Sioux City, Omaha, Sioux Falls.
On January 28th, the 24th Annual Awards Banquet was held at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City.
The evening started with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a buffet. After dinner the program started with Skip Perley making a few comments about the events that happened this past year at Thompson Electric, Thompson Automation and Specialty Services and EI. After Skip’s comments, each of the general managers gave a brief review of their office and accomplishments for 2016.
For the Years of Safety Awards, TEC Corp recognized 214 eligible employees that had no incidents this past year and we had 2 employees, Tim Hall and John Staiert that have gone 24 years with no incidents. Last year we had a 192 employees eligible with no incidents and this year we are up to 214 employees with no incidents. That’s a remarkable number of employees with no incidents. We also celebrated Awards for Years of Service, with 12 employees recognized for 5 years of service, 7 employees with 10 years of service, 2 employees with 15 years of service and Chad Husted, Jim McCluskey and Tim Thomas with 20 years, Brian Duits with 25 years and Vicki Boyok and Jerry Grimsley with 30 years of service.
The evening ended with Let’s Make a Deal, where 5 tickets were randomly placed under the place settings around the room. That person and the person across from them, came up front for an opportunity to draw for a $500 Hard Rock Casino chip or select a box that contained one of the door prizes. It was great fun and enjoyed by all.
As 2016 comes to a close for TEC Corp, we are already working toward to a great 2017.