LAN Construction purchases local excavating company


JASPER — A Jasper construction company is growing.

At the beginning of the year, LAN Construction purchased Lechner’s Excavating Inc. from Dan Lechner and Patty Schroeder. The businesses will operate separately, but under the same roof at 5274 W. State Road 56.

As owners Luke and Audrey Nordhoff look ahead, they see a future filled with growth.

“It greatly affects our vision, and it really plays into everything we’re trying to do,” Luke said of the purchase. “They have a great company, so we’re gonna keep it rolling. LAN was needing some bigger equipment and a new building, and it all just fell into place.”

According to a press release, Luke started LAN Construction in 2007, and he is thrilled to serve the local community with Lechner’s valued service.

“The biggest thing that we want people to know now ... is that we’re still operating Lechner’s Excavating and LAN the way it has been, but under one roof,” he explained.

LAN currently has another office in Tell City, and Luke said the company plans on “growing more and more offices as time goes on.” The business does work in Dubois County and surrounding areas.

“LAN Construction was built serving the local community with honesty and integrity,” Luke said in the release. I foresee both LAN Construction and Lechner’s Excavating continuing to grow with unity with those same values.”

Services that LAN offers include fixing foundations and wet basements, as well as remodeling and bowing wall work. Lechner’s Excavating will continue to offer agriculture field tiling; demolition; and commercial, residential and industrial sitework. The companies also offer many other services in the construction and excavation fields.

Lechner spoke highly of the Nordhoffs in the press release.

“I am most proud of our 45-year history and I’m honored to see Luke and Audrey continue the strong legacy we’ve built at Lechner’s Excavating,” said Dan, who is still selling and managing at Lechner’s at this time.

Luke said he and Audrey plan on growing and expanding Lechner’s Excavating.

“I don’t know if we’re really, necessarily looking at [adding] more services on, just building with what we have,” Luke said.

The Nordhoff family is inviting the public to celebrate 45 years of continued service on Saturday, March 14, at the two business’ joint location, during Ireland’s St. Patty’s Day Celebration. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m., followed by a kids’ “Climb a CAT” event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food will also be sold by Dubois County 4-H to benefit local 4-H youth.

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