SM&P's History - How We First Made Our Mark

SM&P stands for Steve, Mike and Pat - it's that simple. These are the names of the three Baker brothers who purchased a Vermeer M-470 trencher and founded SM&P Construction Company in 1973. SM&P started out by burying cable for their first customer -- SBC (known at the time as Indiana Bell). Within a few years, SBC asked SM&P to locate and mark the very same cable they had buried, effectively catalyzing SM&P's evolution from a cable burying company to a cable locating company by 1979.

In the mid-80s, SM&P expanded from its central Indiana roots to Wisconsin, ultimately serving customers in nine states. As the number of locates grew, so too did the SM&P family from 3 brothers to 2,000 employees.

In 1993, the Indianapolis Water Company acquired SM&P. NiSource (formerly known as NIPSCO) purchased SM&P in 1997. In 2001, The Laclede Group added SM&P to its family of companies. Finally, in 2008, Kohlberg Partners purchased SM&P.

SM&P first made its mark on the underground utility locating industry by offering customers a professional partnership based on quality at a fair price. It is a tradition SM&P continues today.

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