Awards recognize Thompson recycling efforts, litter pickups

Thompson is receiving praise for its work to make Mobile a cleaner community.

Thompson was recognized Nov. 8 at the 2017 Alabama PALS (People Against A Littered State) Governor’s Awards. Thompson was awarded the "Coastal Cleanup Award" for introducing and facilitating a rigid plastic recycling program at the 2017 Alabama Coastal Cleanup. Working with Alabama Coastal Cleanup organizers and the Weeks Bay Foundation, Thompson employees provided program education and visited every cleanup zone of the Alabama Coastal Cleanup on September 16, 2017 to help launch the program. In total, 2,000 pounds of rigid plastics (seen in photo) were collected and will be reused to create shampoo bottles for Proctor and Gamble. Program partner, Yael Girard, executive director of the Weeks Bay Foundation, received the Governor’s "Vulcan Volunteer of the Year Award" for the time and effort she put into the program.

In a Nov. 7 awards presentation by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, Thompson Engineering Division Leader Don Bates was awarded the Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Excellence Award. Bates spearheads a volunteer litter clean-up crew made up of Thompson employees. About once a month, the group participates in shoreline and water-based cleanups in and around the Mobile area.

Posted on 11/17

Thompson Employees Report to Puerto Rico for Blue Roof Mission

Employees of Thompson Engineering are on the ground in Puerto Rico working for the Corps of Engineers in support of its Blue Roof Mission. The program provides homeowners in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs.

“The Corps’ Mobile District is assigned to manage this recovery mission, and we are working alongside their field representatives to bring some relief to residents across the island,” said Thompson Engineering Senior Vice-President Mike Manning. “As of November 1, more than 200 locals have been hired to assist in this recovery effort. It's a difficult job made more complex by the lack of power, a depressed economy, and the island's mountainous terrain." Thompson anticipates maintaining a presence in Puerto Rico for the foreseeable future in support of the Corps’ mission.

Thompson Consulting Services, sister company to Thompson Engineering, is also on the island with the primary responsibility of hiring local workers to assist with debris removal and other orders as assigned by the Corps. TCS has recruited more than 800 qualified personnel since arriving on the island in October.

Posted on 11/02