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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
The Partner for Agribusiness is a quarterly publication for Austin Mutual Insurance Company. Thompson Specialty Service was featured in the Winter 2016 publication talking about the Dangerous Power of Arc Flash.
Kent Voigt, Senior Risk Consultant, for Austin Mutual Insurance saw the Thompson Specialty Services presentation at the Ag Cooperative Safety Directors of Iowa in Story City, IA and asked if we would be interested in presenting our presentation to their Risk Consultants in Omaha. As part of this agreement they also asked if Thompson Specialty Services would like to be interviewed for an article in their The Partner, that is mailed to their agricultural customers quarterly.
Kent Grange was interviewed for the article. You can see the article at the link below.
Information on Thompson Specialty Services is available here.
Thompson’s Service Vans were all decked out for the Christmas parades in Yankton, SD and Le Mars, IA this past week.
In Yankton, Barrie Larson (PM) his wife Tona and their kids, Ryker & Cooper, Shannon Vornhagen (PM) and son, Colton, Joey Nickles (Apprentice), Brice Sayler (Apprentice), his wife, Kristen and their kids, Corbin & Quinn and Frank Acosta (Service Electrician) all participated in the parade. They walked by the Thompson van and handed out candy to kids along the parade route and help spread the Thompson holiday cheer.
In Le Mars, Ed Anderson not only decked out the Thompson’s service van, he also pulled the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce float promoting Ice Cream Day’s in Le Mars. Christine Rasmussen, a friend of Ed’s, also helped in handing out candy and spreading the holiday cheer.
It’s great to see so many of Thompson Electric’s employees participating in their local community events. Thanks for making the Holidays a little more special.
In 2009, a five-person team of students from Iowa State’s civil, construction and environmental engineering department decided to participate in the “Green Energy Challenge”. The Students, who were members of the National Electrical Contractors Association – Student Chapter, which Thompson Electric has been an active member in NECA for many decades.
Eight years and eight competitions later, the 2016 ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge Team, which is sponsored by the Iowa Chapter NECA, which Barney Pottebaum, VP and General Manager of Sioux City is the Iowa NECA President. The team started with 5 members and is now 12 members strong and officially named Cyclone Energy.
What started out with humble beginnings has turned into a winning team with 3 straight first place finishes in the “Green Energy Challenge” in 2014 & 2015 and 2016. Along with the team championships, in 2015, Iowa State NECA Team earns NECA Student Chapter of the Year.
The “Green Energy Challenge” is sponsored by ELECTRI International Foundation and challenges student chapters across the nation to create a proposal for sustainable updates to a building in their community.
ELECTRI International Foundation also sponsors the Student Passport Initiative for NECA Student Chapters, which is a program that NECA Student Chapters compete on green energy projects for international locations. Past winners have had projects in Honduras, Costa Rica and Ecuador to name a few. Nick Rol, a project manager for Thompson Electric in Sioux City, was one of the Passport judges this year.