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In the following pages you will learn a great deal about our philosophy and what makes us truly stand out from the rest. Some will make the claim we back it up.
Let me introduce myself, my name is Jon R. Abernathy. I began my Locksmithing career in the mid 1960's. With more then 40 years of experience in the Locksmithing Industry ranging from a simple lock out to a complex Nuclear Power Plant, I have the necessary Experience.
I've installed Master Key Systems in companies with more then 12,000 locks spread out over an entire state. I've maintained key inventories of over 22,000 keys.
My interest in locks started at the age of 12 when my father disassembled a lock to make some repairs. My curiosity didn't stop there, I began to acquire old locks to see what made them tick, soon I was picking locks and making repairs on neighbors locks as well as school through shop class. At the age of 15 I enrolled in a Locksmithing Course through the Locksmithing Institute. My paid career started in St. Louis Missouri in a small shop in the middle of a shopping mall parking lot at the age of 16. From there I've maintained companies such as Arizona Public Service, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, St. Francis Hospital just to name a few, as well as six years of self employment right here in Topeka. I began that self employment in 1986 as a small Locksmithing company known as Schlossmeister Lock & Key in North Topeka . In 1993 I shut it down due to personal reasons but stayed active in the field. After several years and by the overwhelming request of several of my old clients, my wife Debbie, my son Jon, and I have reopened under a new name. That new name is Topeka Locksmithing Company or TLC. While in business in the late eighty's and early ninety's we developed a customer base of more then 3900 commercial & business clients and provided service to more then 6600 homes not to mention we serviced thousands of stranded motorist. You may remember us, hopefully fondly as we were fast becoming the areas locksmith of choice. If you're not sure you may remember our logo, Willham Schlossmeister which you will see in this site, on all of our advertising pieces, and our service vehicles. The little Locksmith Man was our trade mark, keep an eye out for him, he represents Quality & Professionalism.
With my son Jon Abernathy II and our combined experience of 55+ years we will take TLC into a new phase. I look forward to meeting your needs by offering services and products that fit you budget and requirments. I look forward to making TLC The Logical Choice for all your lock and key needs.
In this site you will find information as to our business philosophy, mission statement, news about our company and the industry, services offered, information we believe you will find not only interesting but informing.
Remember we're TLC we're simply The Logical Choice.
Professional People are who we are, Professional Service is what we provide.
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