DECEMBER 1, 2015 – Kruggel Lawton CPAs announced today that the partners and staff of Schaffer & Layher, PLLC, of St. Joseph, Michigan, will join the firm effective December 1, 2015. The addition will bring 12 new professionals to Kruggel Lawton, while expanding its reach into the southwest Michigan market. The location at 805 Van Brunt Avenue in St. Joseph will mark the third office for Kruggel Lawton, with existing offices in South Bend and Elkhart, Indiana.
Schaffer & Layher was started by Morrie McMurray, Ray Marks, and Jeff Edmunds in 1974 under the name of McMurray, Marks and Edmunds. In 2000, Dave Schaffer and Mike Layher took over ownership after having worked there since the early 1990s. In 2006, they officially changed the firm’s name to Schaffer & Layher. The firm provides a full range of services to commercial, government, nonprofit, health care, and individual clients in Southwest Michigan. Services include accounting, auditing, tax compliance and planning, management consultation, and succession planning. An on-staff Microsoft-certified computer consultant provides clients with computer and network services.
Barry Hall, managing partner of Kruggel Lawton, stated, “Schaffer & Layher’s professionals and culture are very similar to ours, and we see this as a great fit for both firms. In addition, their specialization in not‐for‐profit and government audits will allow for more depth in client service. Schaffer & Layher is known throughout the state of Michigan for having expertise in these niches. They provide quality work, as exemplified by their past and present participation with Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of CPAs peer review programs.”
“We are thrilled to be a part of Kruggel Lawton, both for its reputation in the region and the strong values we share,” said Dave Schaffer. “Our name is changing but this will be a seamless transition as clients will still meet with our local team. They will also benefit from expanded service offerings, operational efficiencies, and a depth of industry-specific expertise.”
Formed in 1956, Kruggel, Lawton & Company, LLC, is a full-service accounting and business consulting firm offering assurance services, tax compliance and consulting, estate planning, business valuation, business accounting services, and executive searches. Kruggel Lawton also offers national and international resources as an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA.