NECA 2016


The 2016 NECA Convention and Tradeshow was held last week in Boston, MA.  NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) or the voice of the electrical industry, is an organization that Thompson Electric has been an active member of for several decades.

Each year NECA has a convention and tradeshow where electrical vendors have the opportunity to introduce and demonstrate new technology and products.  It’s a great opportunity for electrical contractor, such as Thompson Electric, to have discussions with vendors and suppliers on these new products and to also establish new relationships with different suppliers.

This year Skip Perley and Barney Pottebaum attended the convention and tradeshow.  During the show there are many learning opportunities and guest speaker sessions to attend.  Skip and Barney both attended many sessions that focused on customer services and the changing needs of customers and how today’s technology has an impact on their business.  Another session that was informative was the leadership skills and how to develop and implement this training, these were just a couple of the many meetings they attended.

After the convention is over, we have discussions on what was learned from the convention and how to implement the best practices learned into everyday business.

Learning the Art of the Sale…


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.

Ride for Miracles…


Five motorcycle riders, 3 Miracle Riders from Siouxland and 2 Miracle Riders from Georgia, have set out from Sioux City on a long journey for a good cause.  The Unity Point Health/St. Luke’s “Miracle Riders” left Monday morning from Thompson Electric, who sponsored the send-off, for a 4,500 mile trip through the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada to raise money for UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network and all of Siouxland.  This is the inaugural “Ride for Miracles” for Sioux City.

Matt Thompson, a miracle rider said, “we are riding to raise money to buy new equipment for their units, a new Giraffe OmniBed Carestation for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and a new Cub Pediatric Crib for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit which allows the kids up there to stay in one unit and the nurses are able to care for them from start to finish on all sides, so it’s a good thing for them.”

The riders, riding through whatever the weather is, are scheduled to return home Friday September 30th with a reception at the Firehouse Bar.

Check out their web site,  to follow their progress as they make their way around the Great Lakes and to learn more about Ride for Miracles.  Their goal is to raise $50,000 during their trip.

FleX – Future Leaders Excelling


FleX – Future Leaders Excelling Program – Is a one of a kind program created to accelerate the learning of leadership skills, project management skills and other day to day skills needed to successfully navigate in today’s work environment.  The program was developed by Thompson Electric, with the intent to fill the needs of the future more efficiently.

The FleX Training Program will be a nine-month training program that will meet bi-weekly on Thursday’s for two hours.  During this time these individuals will learn all aspects of business, leadership skills, and project management techniques, while working in real life situations.  They will also encounter real life scenario’s set up to help them understand and learn firsthand on how to work and negotiate with a variety of people.

Overall, we feel that the FleX Training Program will lead to higher customer satisfaction, more innovation, lower costs and faster growth.  Thompson Electric views this as an investment into our future

These individuals will be participating in the first ever FleX Program.  Nick Hoffman, Dillan Malloy, Brice Sayler and Tyler Walsh.  After the inaugural program, achieves the success that we anticipate, we plan to continue and expand the program.

The FleX Program started on September 8th and will end on May 18th, 2017, Graduation Day…

Finally – New Office Location in Sioux Falls


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.

Labor Day…


Labor Day is a day of rest or the last chance for many people to go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events. The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.

History of Labor Day

The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. The parade inspired similar events across the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a “workingmen’s holiday” on one day or another. Later that year, with Congress passing legislation and President Grover Cleveland signing the bill on June 29, the first Monday in September was designated “Labor Day.” This national holiday is a creation of the labor movement in the late 19th century and pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

Sometimes, we don’t appreciate the everyday things we take for granted, like our employees.  I want to thank all of the people that work at Thompson Electric, Electric Innovations, Thompson Specialty Services and TEC Corp. for their contribution to making this holiday something special to celebrate.  Without them, Labor Day would be a meaningless holiday.

Thank you and enjoy the Holiday that was created for you.

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…