The Story Begins…
The Kleingers Group story begins in 1993, when Jim Kleingers bought the interest in what was then the West Chester, Ohio branch of RW Consultants, a civil engineering and land surveying firm based in nearby Middletown, Ohio.
Including Jim, five employees started work right away at the new company, originally named Kleingers & Associates, to serve clients and help transform communities during a period of phenomenal growth in West Chester and neighboring Liberty Township.
Kleingers Moves out of the Basement
Following years of directing clients to “the second basement past the dumpster (you can’t miss it)”, Kleingers moves out of the basement office and into first story digs.
Surveying by Satellite
Kleingers begins using GPS equipment for land surveying projects, providing measurement accuracy within 1/16 inch.
Opens a Columbus Office
In 2000, The Kleingers Group expanded from Southwest Ohio to Columbus, opening a new office to better serve the Central Ohio region.
Following years of steady growth providing site/civil engineering and land survey services, Kleingers begins expanding its offerings with the addition of Transportation Engineering services. Today, transportation infrastructure design, traffic engineering, and bridge design are core service offerings at Kleingers.
Begins Offering Landscape Architecture
Shortly after adding transportation engineering services, Kleingers branches into landscape architecture. Today, Lynne Nischwitz heads the landscape architecture studio.
Takes a Cruise
In the summer of 2005, Kleingers & Associates shut down the office for a couple of days to take all employees and spouses on a Caribbean cruise! Several employees hired in the following years are still bitter.
Columbus Office Expands
Our second-largest office outgrew its walls in 2008 and relocated to a larger space in the booming Polaris area on the north side of Columbus.
Hired as city engineer
Kleingers became the municipal engineer for Deer Park. In addition to Deer Park, Kleingers now serves five additional communities.
Creates Truescan 3D
As part of a research project, Kleingers & Associates employees begin researching 3D laser scanning. Successful research leads to Kleingers purchasing a 3D laser scanner to begin experimenting with the new technology.
Sportworks Field Design Is Created
Sportworks Field Design was created as a division of Kleingers & Associates. Since its beginning, Sportworks Field Design has helped educate hundreds of clients on the sports field design process and has successfully built fields all across the state.
Kleingers Moves to Downtown Dayton
Kleingers selects an office space across the street from the Dayton Dragons baseball stadium. The downtown Dayton office joins West Chester and Columbus to make three Ohio offices.
Introducing “The Kleingers Group”
In 2013, 20 years after its founding, Kleingers & Associates is rebranded as The Kleingers Group to reflect the growing diversity of services it offers and the ever-growing number of employees who have become part of the team.
Rents a Bouncy House
. . . because we could.
TrueScan Completes Largest scan in Region
Fast forward to 2015, and TrueScan, the Kleingers Group’s reality capture division completes one of the largest scans ever completed in the region for the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.
Opens a Louisville Office
Expanding into Kentucky, Kleingers opens a fourth office in Louisville and quickly begins to hire.
In 2018, Kleingers celebrated 25 years by taking the entire company plus significant others to Nashville for the weekend. We won’t spill all the beans, but let’s just say we had fun.
With 150 employees in seven cities, The Kleingers Group is among the most respected names in surveying, civil engineering, transportation engineering, landscape architecture, and 3D laser scanning.
In 2022, The Kleingers Group announced the appointment of Tim Casto, PE, a long-time employee, shareholder, client champion, and established leader, as its new Chief Executive Officer and President. Jim Kleingers, PE, PS, LEED AP, former CEO, and President, transitioned to Founder and Executive Chairman. In this role, Jim oversees the firm’s Board of Directors, champions the company’s culture, and acts as a brand ambassador in our communities. Steve Korte, PE, is named Chief Operations Officer.