March 10, 2021 - Thompson Industrial Services

A Job Well Done in Our Hometown

March 10, 2021

The City of Sumter, SC recently needed to remove to nearly 1000 cubic yards of sediment/debris/sludge from the bottom of a large aeration basin at their waste water treatment plant. It would take 2 weeks of vacuuming the dense sediment from the bottom of the basin and moving it to drying beds on site. The work was further complicated by the presence of 50 rows of aeration piping/apparatus that presented a “maze” at the bottom of the basin that had to be worked around and protected.  

The crew led by Boston Pearson, including Elijah Bradley, Chris Bradley, Theo Wells, and Clifford Workman did an incredible job. They worked diligently over the course of the project, in inclement weather conditions and completed the project in 15 days, which given the nature of the work and the weather, speaks volumes of their combined effort. 

The City representative was very happy with our work which should help us to be awarded the additional basins onsite that will need to be done over the next 1-2 years. Congrats to the whole division 33 team for a job well done.

Thompson Removes 50+ Years of Dust in Texas

March 10, 2021

Recently, our Houston, TX division completed an extremely challenging and successful Combustible Dust Remediation project at a facility within a refining plant.  The demolition of a large warehouse and adjoining extruder building had already been awarded to a large demo contractor, but their proposed process to remediate the combustible dust was the traditional use of scaffolding the entire warehouse and using HVACS.  The scaffolding estimate alone was already north of $300K. 

Thompson Removes 50+ Years of Dust in Texas

Thompson proposed our DEFA (Dust Encapsulating Foaming Agent) foaming process as a safer and more effective alternative, and were awarded the job. The customer was extremely impressed with the results and Thompson’s overall service. (See the impressive before and after results above and below.) In fact, their Remediation Project Coordinator was at first skeptical of this method, but upon the successful completion of the project, is now a huge advocate of our DEFA foaming process. He wrote us to say, “Congratulations on successfully abating the 50+ years of SMA dust that accumulated in the Warehouse and Extruder Area.” Congratulations on a job well done by the whole team!

Thompson Removes 50+ Years of Dust in Texas

LET – Leadership Engagement Training

The Southeast Region hosted two, LET sessions in February.  In total, 33 existing and/or future, Southeast, leaders attended.  The main drive of the sessions was to invest in our leaders so they will be fully engaged with their teams. Productivity, retention, and customer satisfaction all improve when teammates are fully engaged, and the path to teammate engagement is always through their team leaders.  Topics covered in the sessions included safety focus, waterblast automation, equipment operation, equipment maintenance, and electronic timesheets.  Both classroom and field instruction was included.  All our leaders were extremely engaged and excited to bring back what they learned to those they lead. Special thanks to all who led the sessions. 

Let’s keep passing on what we learn this year! Find a mentor, be a mentor.