LACO Associates and Crawford & Associates Announce The Transition Of Geology and Materials Testing and Inspection Services

Pictured: Left, Mike Nelson, LACO Associates and Ben Crawford, Crawford & Associates
Pictured: Left, Mike Nelson, LACO Associates and Ben Crawford, Crawford & Associates

LACO Associates, a Northern California based multi-disciplinary consulting firm, and Crawford & Associates, a Sacramento-based Geotechnical consulting firm, are pleased to announce the successful transition of LACO’s Geology and Materials Testing & Inspection services in the Santa Rosa, Ukiah, and Eureka areas of California to Crawford & Associates. 

This transition allows LACO Associates to sharpen its focus on core services, streamline operations, and meet the evolving needs of its clients while representing a significant growth opportunity and expansion of market presence on the North Coast for Crawford & Associates. 

Key highlights of the transaction include:

  1. Smooth Transition: LACO’s current Geology and Materials Testing and Inspection services clients can expect a seamless transition without disrupting ongoing projects. Crawford & Associates is dedicated to upholding the high standards of service that clients have come to expect from LACO and is working closely with LACO on all project transitions.
  2. Continued Collaboration: LACO Associates and Crawford & Associates anticipate future opportunities for continued collaboration and synergy, fostering a mutually beneficial relationship to support development throughout the North Coast.

Mike Nelson, President and CEO of LACO Associates, expressed his enthusiasm regarding the acquisition: “This transaction allows LACO Associates to sharpen its focus on our core consulting services, where we have excelled for many years. We are confident that our Geology and Testing and Inspection services, now part of Crawford & Associates, will continue to thrive and provide exceptional service to its clients.”

Ben Crawford, President of Crawford & Associates, also shared his excitement about the transition; “We are thrilled to welcome the Geo-professional group/portion of LACO and are eager to welcome their skilled Engineering, Geologic, Hydrogeologist, and Technician staff into the Crawford & Associates family. With LACO’s impressive 60-year history of delivering professional services on the North Coast, we see this as a significant step forward in our desire for growth. As a result of this merger, Crawford will be expanding its presence with the addition of offices in Eureka, Ukiah, and Santa Rosa. The merging of our teams represents a great opportunity to accelerate our growth. It will also empower our already talented staff to diversify their skill sets, as each firm brings unique expertise on various types of projects. We’re enthusiastic about the possibilities this merger brings and the value it will create for our clients and our teams.”

Crawford & Associates continues to provide creative solutions and responsive services to clients throughout northern California and the Pacific Northwest, supporting the development of infrastructure and critical facilities while also facilitating environmental remediation and restoration projects. For more information, visit

LACO Associates stands as a versatile, Native Owned consulting firm committed to delivering comprehensive solutions for our clients, whether planning and designing development and infrastructure projects or offering local or Tribal government services aimed at enhancing the well-being of future generations. For more information, visit

For media inquiries, please contact:

LACO Associates: Lisa Alexander, Marketing Manager, [email protected], (707) 462-0222 

Crawford & Associates: Sarah Crawford, Marketing Coordinator, [email protected], (916) 455-4225.

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