OSHA 30 in Omaha…

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The OSHA 30 Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. This is a voluntary program and attended on their own time.

The OSHA 30 Training Program employees attend 30 hours of classes delivered by Jeff Bennett, Thompson Electric’s authorized trainer.  The 30 hour class is intended for employees with responsibility for safety in the field or as a refresher class for their personal well-being.

The past 3 weekends Jeff Bennett provided OSHA 30 training for 19 employees from our Omaha office.  This was the second OSHA 30 Training class in the past year in Omaha and this class was asked for by a group of our employees.  We think it’s great when a group of employees ask for Safety Training.

The 19 employees that attended the OSHA 30 Training were Joe Perchal, Kevin Dawson, Russ Armstrong, Garrett Taub, Chris Estelle, Austin Taylor, Riley Fischer, Ryan Gilbert, Tom Plambeck, John McCaul, John Hilt, Charlie Wenck, Dwayne Goodman, Dean McCarthy, Bill O’Shea, Christian Thomas, Chris Osborn, Corey Osborn and Steve Tebben.

We are proud of the commitment made to achieve the OSHA 30 Certification and recognize those who attended with an OSHA 30 Hooded Sweatshirt.

Congratulations to all…

What I learned in school…

With school starting next week for many students, I thought it would be appropriate to give the adults a refresher course of what we learned in school.  We learned this lesson at a very early age and should be using this knowledge today.


Thompson Teamwork!


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…


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.

Habitat for Humanity…


A few weeks ago, a group of our Omaha electricians, Joe Perchal, Josh Smulling, Garrett Taub, Chris Estelle, Chris Osborn, Corey Osborn, Brian Osborn, John Hilt and Jason Wilkening, volunteered their time to wire a new home for Habitat for Humanity.  This is a very worthy cause and it’s great to see our employees getting involved in the community.

MCL Construction was the general contractor for the project and United Electric donated the lighting fixtures for the home.  The home has on the first floor, 3 bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, dining and living room and in the finished basement there are 2 bedrooms, bathroom and laundry room.  Our electricians volunteered a couple days to rough wire the house, including Cat 5 and telephone jacks in each room, and also to provide the finishing electrical trim the home.  From start of construction to finish, the home was built in 2 weeks.

This is why we have the best electricians working for Thompson Electric, by going above and beyond for a worthy cause.  Great job guys.

E2E Summit


June 14th – 16th, Skip Perley, Brian Spader and Kent Grange attended an E2E Summit in St. Louis. MO.  The E2E (Executive to Executive) Summit is by invitation only and for electrical contractors that are progressive and forward thinking.  This was our first invitation to this event and hopefully not our last.

At the E2E Summit, electrical contractors met with manufacturers from the electrical industry.  The meetings were prescheduled and lasted 45 minutes.  We had 5 meetings in the morning and 4 meetings in the afternoon.  These meeting were extremely informative, as the manufacturers educated us on the additional services they provide to companies like Thompson Electric, and they also introduced us to new products and technology.

It’s truly amazing the companies we met, from large worldwide corporations to small shops that will customize panels and cabinets to meet your specific needs.  Each company wanted to know how they could better support Thompson Electric.  Overall, this was one of the best educational summits we have attended.

GEAPS…What is it?

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In the first part of June, Jason Glover and Kent Grange attended the GEAPS (Grain Elevator and Processing Society) conference in Ames, IA.  The GEAPS event was an opportunity to showcase Thompson Specialty Services and the services we provide.

There were many Co-op and Elevator Groups represented at this conference.  It was well attended and that gave TSS an opportunity to speak with many General Managers, Operation Managers and Safety Managers from different regions in IA, NE, KS and MO.  We showcased our Infrared Thermal Imaging, Arc Flash Risk Assessment and Preventive Maintenance programs.

Why did we attend this conference?   GEAPS’ Mission: “An international professional society dedicated to providing its members with forums to generate leadership, innovation and excellence in grain-related industry operations.”  By becoming a member into GEAPS, this provides an opportunity for Thompson Specialty Services to expand into a market area that is being underserved.  We look forward to continuing and expanding our many services to the Grain Industry.

In August, we will be attending the NGFA (National Grain and Feed Association)/GJ (Grain Journal) Safety Grain Quality Conference in Omaha.