The announcement of our new name and ownership was printed in the Faribault Daily News on June 27, 2006.

Standing, from left: Gene Buhr, survey/CAD technician; Carolynn Allen-Evans, chief financial manager; Matt Thibodeau, field technician. Seated: Charles “Chuck” Allen, president, and Sue Taylor Allen, researcher and accounting clerk.

Surveying firm changing hands, name
Faribault Daily News

(FARIBAULT, Minn. June 27, 2006) — The Thomas Taylor Company, a local land surveying firm with a long history in the community, will soon change its name and owners. Owner Sue Taylor Allen announced the sale this week.

Effective July 1, the 82-year-old company will become Lake Country Land Professionals. Purchasing the firm are David Luecke, Charles Allen, Keith Nelson and Carolynn Allen-Evans.

The Thomas Taylor Company was started by Tom Taylor in 1958 when he purchased the surveying firm from W.G. Dokken. Dokken originally formed the Faribault firm in 1924. When Taylor entered semi-retirement in 1989, the responsibility of running the business was transferred to his daughter, Sue Taylor Allen.

Following 17 years at the helm, Allen decided to sell the company to the group of investors who are, in one way or another, historically connected to the business.

"Chuck and David have a long and rich history with the company. David started with the firm in 1967, and Chuck came on. The three surveyors have a combination of nearly 100 years of surveying experience.

"Keith worked for my dad when he was in high school and all the time he was in college and law school. I believe dad encouraged him to get his surveyor's license, along with his law degree," Allen said .

"This would have been a dream come true for my dad," said Allen. "He mentored these three guys, and now they own the company."

Keith Nelson is a practicing attorney in Faribault and licensed by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a certified real estate specialist.

"There are so many things the company has done right over the years. It is our belief that we can build on our reputation as trusted professionals and take the company to a new level within the market," said Nelson.

Carolynn Allen-Evans comes to the organization with 25 years of management experience. Since her retirement from newspapers in 2004, she's worked as an independent business consultant. She is also Chuck Allen's sister.

"I'm in awe of the combined knowledge these three guys have of Rice County and the field of surveying. Though I've plenty to learn, I'll have a great experience getting there," said Allen-Evans.

"The partnership is encouraged by the opportunities the market affords us," said Luecke.

Immediate plans call for adding to the staff, both in the field and in the office. "We've been so busy," said Chuck Allen, "additional staff will help us catch up and allow us to stay ahead of the volume. This is a clear priority and significant part of our business plan."