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Thompson Industrial Services Names Billy Ford President and CEO

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Thompson Industrial Services, LLC, a provider of complete life cycle services for industrial facilities of all types, is thrilled to announce the appointment of William (Billy) Ford as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ford will guide the organization in it’s mission to provide the safest and highest quality industrial cleaning services – with integrity and the relentless pursuit of value for customers, teammates and shareholders.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with the Thompson Industrial Services team and our great customers,” stated Billy. “I am equally excited to deliver measurable and sustainable value for our organizations,” he added.

Mr. Ford brings a wealth of experience to this role, having served in a number of senior leadership capacities over the last 30 years. Most recently, Billy served as the Senior Vice President of Pulp and Paper at Kemira Chemicals.

“I had the opportunity to work with Billy during his career. I knew during that time he possessed the skills and talent to provide great leadership,” said Greg Thompson, founder of Thompson Industrial Services.

After retiring from a successful career, he joined Greg Thompson on the Board of Directors. He is widely respected among members of the Board, who appointed Mr. Ford for the President and CEO position. “Serving on the Thompson Industrial Services Board of Directors since 2019 allowed me to experience firsthand the core values of the team,” said Billy.

“Those values of integrity, hard work, customer focus, and dedication to the team and to the job at hand made the decision to accept the challenge of joining the Thompson Industrial Services team as President and CEO an easy one.” During his time serving on the Board, Mr. Ford also gained knowledge in the organizations’ strategy, leadership team, and services. Billy has earned a sterling reputation for his professionalism and integrity; the Board is confident that he will take Thompson Industrial to the next level.

“After we voted Billy onto the Board of Directors for Thompson Industrial Services, I gained greater confidence in his skills and talents,” stated Greg. “It was evident to all of the members that he was the leader we needed to grow the company. I look forward to the work Billy will do and building a partnership with him that will allow Thompson Industrial Services to continue on the path to being the best in the industry,” he added.

About Thompson Industrial Services

Thompson Industrial Services, LLC offers the broadest line of specialized industrial cleaning services with advanced automated technology and seasoned personnel. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Sumter, SC, Thompson now has over 20 strategically positioned service locations across the Southeast and Central US, with mobile operations across the globe.

Thompson specializes in complete Lifecycle Service Solutions for major pulp and paper mills, steel mills, power plants, oil and gas and other industrial facilities. Thompson is a single-source industrial services provider with the unique ability to serve a facility from the construction pre-commissioning phase to on-site daily services, outages and turnarounds, and even decommissioning. Thompson provides safe, quality services delivered with integrity in the areas of Hydroblasting, Vacuuming, Chemical Cleaning,  FINFOAM® fin fan cleaning, EPIC® HRSG Off-line Cleaning and Specialty & Custom Solutions. 

Specialized services include the following: automation, high volume hydroblasting (“Big Pump” ) 2,250 HP/1,200 GPM, 40K UHP hydro-cleaning, cutting & surface prep, dry ice blasting, chemical cleaning, pigging, sponge media abrasive blasting with reuse, FINFOAM® air-cooled heat exchanger cleaning, fin fan cleaning, combustible dust remediation, hydro- and pneumatic-vacuum excavation, in-situ SCR catalyst cleaning and industrial drone inspections.

At Thompson, the culture is built on the foundation of its core values – safety, quality and integrity. The team put these into action every day through a “be safe, be good, be great” attitude. This mindset propels a world-class safety program, renowned productivity and creative automated solutions that optimize safety while meeting clients’ bottom line.

For more information, visit industrial.thompsonind.com

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