Gerald W. Thompson, President of the company started Lewis & Thompson Electric, Inc. on March 1, 1972 with partner Alex Lewis who had worked with me on several projects while both of us were with Mac’s Electric, located in Tallahassee, Florida. We both worked with Mac’s Electric, started by doing service work and later doing bigger projects, such as the Tallahassee Democrat Building, spending four (4) years doing the seven (7) story “A” wing of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, remodeling of “C” wing of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital which included fire alarm systems, nurse call systems as well as all new emergency systems for the entire hospital.
After the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital project was complete I finished my time with Mac’s Electric, doing the new Pharmacy Building at Florida A&M University, which I finished the end of 1971.
After starting Lewis & Thompson Electric, Inc. we started with smaller projects such as changing services on houses, wiring for central air conditioning and heat. After two (2) years we started doing commercial projects which included projects at the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Our first commercial project was Tallahassee Memorial Hospital’s Family Practice Unit located on Centerville Road.
In 1976 work had slowed down, that is when I bought Alex’s part of the business.
Lewis & Thompson Electric, Inc. stopped doing service and residential work in 1976 and went to commercial, institutional and industrial type work.
We established a relationship with the bigger general contractors in the Tallahassee area. Culpepper Construction Company, Winchester Construction and E.M. Watkins Company were our major partners, who I worked with while I was with Mac’s Electric.
We started doing projects such as schools, banks and projects at Florida State University, Florida A&M University and projects with the state government.
We have continued over forty (40) years working at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, replacing generators and emergency switchgear, which we previously installed as far back as 1968. We converted the entire Professional Office Building at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital to stand-by emergency power.
We take great pride in being the electrical contractor of choice once we have been chosen for an initial contract, for a continuing relationship with owner, builder, architect and engineers.
We have been doing computer related work installing UPS systems, generators and wiring for air conditioning since they were new to the Tallahassee area and have installed the larger units such as the one serving the HRS facility at the Northwood Centre. We are presently working on the new County-City Critical Operations Center that will have three (3) 1000 KW generators, paralleling gear and a two (2) 1000KW UPS systems.
We are selected on low bidder projects as well as design-build projects and negotiated projects. We like to do remodel projects, the bigger the better, such as the Old Florida State Capital Building we did in the 1970’s.
I installed new field lighting for the Florida State University stadium while working at Mac’s Electric in the 1960’s, replaced these lights in 1983 with lights for television and did all the other electrical for the entire stadium over a seven (7) year period in the 1990’s.
We specialize in doing projects with tight schedules, on time and within budget such as the Florida Lottery Building from land clearing to operations in four (4) months, on round the clock work.
We negotiated the complete rewiring and bringing up to date AHCA regulations on the Gadsden Memorial Hospital located in Quincy, Florida on a tight schedule in four (4) months so they could keep their licenses.
If there is a need for a rush project, complicated project or a tight budget project we can help.
In 1981 Cheryl Thompson who is Secretary/Treasurer and office manager started with Lewis & Thompson Electric, Inc. Cheryl was previously employed with Graybar Electric Company which is an electrical supply house. We have been married since 1983 and have one (1) son.
In 1986 Steve Dodson who is Vice-President started with Lewis & Thompson Electric, Inc. Steve started as an apprentice, then as an electrician and superintendent. Steve now owns a third of the business. Steve does the estimating as well as the day to day operations. Steve currently has a state certified electrical license. Steve and his wife Randi have three (3) sons.