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David L. Kleps

David L. Kleps

Vice President, Design-Build

David Kleps has over 35 years of professional experience in the construction field. He has extensive experience with the Design/Build delivery method and has worked on a wide range of new building, renovation, and expansion projects.

His accomplishments include over 100 completed projects ranging from $300,000 to $6,000,000. These projects represent diverse industries and uses such as commercial/industrial renovations and re-roofing, warehousing, manufacturing, distribution, and professional offices.

Mr. Kleps joined the Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation in 1979. He had served as manager of the Butler Buildings Division since 1982, Vice President, Design/Build since 2001, and built over 2.5 million square-feet of projects to date, and has established Gaetano as the area leader in Butler and Design/Build work.

Mr. Kleps has an outstanding reputation, especially for the great rapport he establishes with owners, designers, subcontractors and employees. His technical, managerial and interpersonal skills insure that projects are completed to the ultimate satisfaction of all clients.

Key Projects

Feldmeier Equipment, Littler Falls, NY

This $3.7 Million new 44,000 sf Manufacturing Plant included pile-supported foundations measuring just 70' wide but is 600' long and nearly 50' in height. The building has (6) 15-ton bridge cranes for the manufacturing of stainless steel tanks for the Dairy & Beverage industry. This project also included a 2,000 sf office and employee support building.

ELG Utica Alloys-Steel recycling Facility, Herkimer, NY

This $2.3 Million project included a complete roof replacement, renovations to the 16,000 sf offices and plant restrooms, new truck access doors and truck scale, equipment foundations, and major mechanical and electrical work for the processing equipment.

FX Matt Brewery Co-Anaerobic Bio-Digester, Utica, NY

This $1.1 Million project included a 5,000 sf Pump House, and a 2,000 sf Bio-Gas Storage Building. This will enable the company to provide up to 50% of their electrical needs.

American Alloy Steel, Rome, NY

60,000 square-foot, $4.7 million design/build steel plant distribution facility and offices completed in 2009. 18,0000 square foot $1.2 million addition including two more 20-ton bridge cranes completed in 2012.

Matts Brewery, Utica, NY

$5.0 million renovation of canning area and 25,000 square-foot warehouse addition. The new addition connects the main plant and the existing garage and features geo-thermal wells for heating and cooling of the Warehous. A 4,000 sf covered Keg Platform was added along with (5) new loading docks.

Meyda Tiffany, Yorkville, NY - 1996 Warehouse and 2001 Warehouse, Office and Showroom expansion.

The 24,000 square-foot Warehouse in 1996 was Mr. Kleps' first project with this client. The high level of satisfaction with this project led to the negotiation of the 2001 83,000 square-foot, $3.0 million major expansion and renovation project.

Northern Safety Co., Frankfort, NY - Corporate Headquarters and Distribution Center

This $4.0 million, 90,000 square-foot office and distribution center completed in 1999 led to the 60,000 square-foot, design/build warehouse expansion two years later in 2001.

Tri Valley Beverage, Westmoreland, NY

Original 25,000 square-foot Beer Distribution facility and office, in 1985, expanded (3) times since original project, now totaling over 60,000 square-feet.

Utica Convertors, Utica, NY

96,000 square-foot Manufacturing Facility, leased through Butler Real Estate.


A.A.S. Degree in Construction Technology
State University of New York at Canton.

Work Experience

  • Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation, Utica, New York - Vice-President, Design/Build, 2001-Present
  • Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation, Utica, New York - Manager, Butler Buildings Division, 1982-2001
  • Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation, Utica, New York - Estimator and Assistant Project Manager, 1979-1982
  • Sysorex International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Field Supervisor, 1978-1979
  • Raiser Construction Company in San Mateo, CA -Draftsman-Coordinator, 1978-1978
  • Riggalls Construction Inc. in Rome, NY - Draftsman-Estimator, 1977-1978

Affiliations & Awards

  • Member Mohawk Valley Construction Industry Workforce Committee
  • Board Member of Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) of NYS
  • Recipient of (20) High Performance and (8) Million Dollar* sales awards from Butler Manufacturing Company
  • Butler Career Builder designation; long term commitment to mutual relationship between Butler Manufacturing and Gaetano

Continuing Education / Training

  • OSHA 10 Hour Course
  • (AGC) Associated General Contractors, Advanced Project Management Course
  • Butler Manufacturing, Various Sales, Product, Pricing Seminars