Ride for Miracles…

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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, www.miracleriders.com  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

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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

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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…

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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…

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.

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Thompson Teamwork!

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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.