Dave and Brenda Deckard (right) founded the business in 1988. Dave had over 20 years of land surveying experience when he retired from INDOT after 23 years of engineering work there. Dave and Brenda operated the business from their home, for three years with the part-time help of their son, Reese Harpel.
In 1994, Dave and Brenda decided to move the business out of their house, and after a short period in another building, moved to the current location at 1517 South Grant Avenue. The move to town was the catalyst for a business boom, and the Deckards quickly added several employees, including bringing on Reese full-time. Other employees included Brenda's brother Gary Weliver, their daughter, Amy Woodall, and Amy's husband, Jeff. They also hired their daughter-in-law, Paige Deckard (all pictured above).
In the 2000's Reese became a partner with Dave, and eventually took the role of the sole owner. Reese ran the company through the rest of the decade, and all of the 2010's. Reese hired Karl Rhoads in 2008 after Karl had been summer help for four years. In 2016, Reese hired Easton French full-time and his brother, Chase French, worked for Reese in the summers.