Baker-Peterson is an underground utility locating company that provides private utility locating and consulting services. With coverage spanning nation-wide, we are your eyes and ears on the ground. Our services are rooted in expertise, professionalism, and providing each client the very best service with no stone unturned.
These ideals are established and reinforced by our founders and key staff, who have over 80 combined years of utility locating experience. As collective industry leaders, we are active in a variety of national safety organizations. We offer a variety of utility locating services such as electromagnetic locating, ground penetrating radar, subsurface utility engineering (S.U.E.), and utility mapping.
When you’re looking for a company who has a successful track record and can prove it, Baker-Peterson only needs one shot at your project needs. Committed. Affordable. We always stand behind our work and your safety. Evaluate the Baker-Peterson difference today!
Meet our owners:
Dan is a co-owner of Baker-Peterson. With over 20 years of experience in this industry, Dan has been pleased to come together with his father, Steve Baker to form a new take on a business that’s surrounded his family since the 1970s. Baker-Peterson allows him to combine his experience with his passion for utility locating and consulting creating an elite, honest, and customer-care driven business.
Dan has been an integral part of two other major subsurface utility locating firms throughout his career. As district manager he gained experience in day-to-day operations including overseeing quality and profitability aspects of the company. He was responsible for employee development where he was able to train and share his knowledge with new locators. He also was involved with customer service, which he enjoyed meeting such an array of people while developing his own consulting skills. As vice president of operations his responsibilities grew to overseeing daily operations of the company, which trigged his interest for business development, management and his own entrepreneurial ventures.
Dan served as district manager for SM&P Utility Resources Inc., the first company in the country to provide utility locating services on a contract basis. This was a meaningful position to start Dan’s career as SM&P Utility Resources Inc. was originally started in 1973 by his father and uncles. This provided Dan with pride and a natural enthusiasm for this industry.
Over the years, Dan has been a participant with the Southeast Wisconsin Damage Prevention Council as well as the Indiana Damage Prevention Council.
Dan graduated from Indiana University in 1995 with a degree in public affairs. Aside from locating, Dan is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing. In addition, he’s a devoted golfer, a sport he and his wife thoroughly enjoy.
Steve Baker, Co-owner of Baker-Peterson, has experience in underground utilities stretching back more than 40 years. He co-founded what became SM&P Utility Resources, Inc. in 1973. The company steadily grew in size and revenues, and in 1985 expanded to serve nationwide. In 1993, SM&P was acquired by the Indianapolis Water Company and Steve was named its President. Under his leadership, the company continued to grow, employing 1,200 workers.
Steve retired from SM&P Utility Resources Inc. in 1997, but soon began a consulting service for the underground utility damage prevention community.
Born and raised in the Indianapolis metropolitan area, Steve graduated from Arlington High School in 1967 where he went on to attend Indiana University in Bloomington from 1967-1969.
Steve served as a medical corpsman in the U.S. Navy from 1969-1973 and was based in Bethesda, Maryland. Steve is a Vietnam veteran. During his time in the military, he was chosen as one of four medical corpsmen to be a member of the first human organ transplant team in the U.S. Navy. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal in March 1972.
With Steve’s extensive experience and knowledge of this industry, he has been invited as a speaker at several conferences including recent events such as the 2013 Indiana Contractors Association Conference and the 2014 Indiana Energy Association Conference. He has also presented at the Common Ground Alliance annual symposium in 2015 and 2016.
Baker-Peterson has a contract with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission through which Steve conducts the training in Indiana for companies that damage underground pipeline facilities and did so in violation of the state dig law.
Steve is heavily active in the community and is the current chairman of the Central Indiana Damage Prevention Council. Additionally, he has twice served as a member of the board of directors for Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Indiana.
An avid golfer, Steve first became a volunteer member of the Indiana Golf Foundation Board of Directors in 1998. He served as its President from 2000–2012 and remains to be a current member of the board. He also served as President for the Indiana Golf Association from 2008-2010. Steve has been a Co-General Chairman for the 2009 USGA Senior Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana as well as most recently the 2014 USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur at Harbor Trees Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana.
Steve currently resides in Noblesville, Indiana with his wife.