Electrical Safety through the ages: NFPA 70 and 70E

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The history of the NFPA goes back more than 120 years, founded in 1896 with the mission “To help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge, and passion.”  The NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering their mission.  Current NFPA membership totals more than 50,000 individuals around the world.

While most are familiar with the NFPA through their publications, many have assumed that the NFPA was a government organization, but in fact, the NFPA is a nonprofit organization. Which means any of its recognized publications, including the well-known “NFPA 70 National Electrical Code, “is not enforceable by law until it is adopted in part or whole by a jurisdictional government such as states. Most states in the US have done precisely this since it was first published in 1896, so it is a common misconception that it is a governmental document.

The same can be said for the NFPA70e as it is also a best practice standard but not itself enforceable by law. In the 70E’s case, however, another agency has adopted it as their standard as their go to, OSHA. OSHA refers to and uses the 70E standard as a guideline to safe electrical work and specifically Arc Flash.

Stay tuned for safety tips throughout May for electrical safety month!

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The Cliff Story

Watch this video to see how Mike Hames’ and Paul Martindale’s education at Briar Cliff University enabled them to create an interactive app. Families will use this app while exploring the exhibits at Sioux City’s Launch Pad Museum.  This edition of ‘The Cliff Story” catches Mike and Paul talking about their time at Briar Cliff.  We are very proud of all the software development that they both perform at Electric Innovations. https://youtu.be/tRFZgkmojuE

Sioux City again tops Site Selection’s list of metro areas with most economic development

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For the third year in a row, the trade publication Site Selection has named Sioux City as the small-size metro area with the most economic development projects.

Sioux City had 26 new or expanded corporate facilities in the category for metros with populations between 50,000 and 200,000 in 2017. That doubled up double the three metros who tied for second place with 13 qualifying projects — Owensboro, Kentucky, Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Gainesville, Georgia.    Read the full article here: Sioux City Journal 

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Foodie Friday’s

We recently started Foodie Friday’s in our Sioux City office. This month Skip Perley, President/CEO, Barney Pottebaum, General Manager of Thompson Electric Sioux City, Jason Glover, General Manager of Thompson Automation and Specialty Services and Tasha Barker, General Manager of Electric Innovations created a St. Patrick’s lunch that included corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and a meatless stew.

Each month volunteers will work together to plan, prep and cook a meal for at least 60 people. This gives everyone the opportunity to get to know each other, work together and have fun!

This was the first of many Foodie Friday’s, it was a great celebration of 5 years in our awesome location. This start of a new tradition will bring all of the companies together for an amazing meal. It also brings excitement for what the future has in store for all of the companies.

We are excited for the next Foodie Friday!

Our Panel Stickers Work!

DaveHibler-FBThis is one of our great experiences through our 85 years of electrical expertise submitted by Dave Hibler, Service Electrician at Thompson Electric Omaha.

Dave’s experience on a service call yesterday at a customer location we did work for 20 years ago. They identified us from the panel sticker that was put on by the foreman and placed a service call to our office.

Dave identified two positives from this experience:

  1. First, by putting the label on that panel 20 years ago the customer was able to identify the installing company and call us. Thus offering our team another opportunity to provide great customer service.

  2. Secondly, we are very proud that the work we did didn’t require any maintenance or repairs for 20 years.

Dave remarked. It was a great experience. The owner came up to me and pointed to the TE logo on my shirt and said to his wife see I told you it’s the same company. “It made me smile!”

Thanks for sharing Dave.

If you have any electrical panel stickers from Thompson Electric we would love to see them, please tag us.

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25th Annual Awards Banquet

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On February 3rd, the 25th Annual Awards Banquet was held at the Delta Hotels by Marriott in South Sioux City.  The attendance was at an all-time high for the 25th annual event.

The evening started with hors-d’oeuvres and cocktails, followed up with a delicious dinner.  After dinner, we were able to focus the evening on the years of service and safety years of service awards. For the Years of Safety Awards, TEC Corp recognized 225 employees that had no incidents this past year and we had 2 employees, Tim Hall and John Staiert that have gone 25 years with no incidents.  That is quite an accomplishment.  We also celebrated Awards for Years of Service, with 21 employees recognized for 5 years of service, 7 employees with 10 years of service, 6 employees with 15 years of service and Scott Dawson, Corey Floyd, Barrie Larsen and Todd Trobaugh with 20 years, Ray DeWitt with 30 years of service.

We also want to congratulate Brian Duits and John Young on their retirement.  They both spent many years working for Thompson Electric and will be greatly missed, but we wish them well in their retirement.

To close out the evening, we were entertained by Comedian Orny Adams, he has appeared on Teen Wolf, Netflix, Comedy Central, and Showtime to name a few.

What a great evening to wrap up a great 2017.

Thompson Preconstruction Facility

In 2013 Thompson Electric, Electric Innovations and TEC-Corp moved into a 3 story building. Allowing all companies to operate under one roof including our prefabrication shop for Thompson Electric.

We have embraced the growth of our prefab in all of our locations. Each facility has increased their ability for expanding prefab for all our projects. Sioux City recognized the need for more room to meet our preconstruction needs.

The decision was not an easy one to make, separating the prefab from our office but the opportunity arose recently for a more cohesive space. The transition to the new Thompson Preconstruction Facility began last week.

Corey Floyd, Preconstruction Manager has worked hard to develop the opportunity for prefabrication to all projects. We are excited to see what the future holds!