Gateway Building Systems History

Gateway Building Systems is the region’s design and build leader of pre-engineered buildings for the commercial and agricultural markets. Gateway Building Systems currently has offices in West Fargo, Jamestown, and Minot, North Dakota as well as Fergus Falls, Minnesota. A dealer for innovative companies like Butler Manufacturing, Brock Bins, and MC Dryers, Gateway Building Systems has built its outstanding reputation on quality and reliability.

Initially started in 1958 by Tom Williams and Jim Schultz, Gateway Builders was a design / build company for agricultural buildings. In 1974 Gateway Builders was split into two separate companies, Gateway Builders, Inc. and Farm Builders, Inc. Kevin Johnson, who is now President of Gateway Building Systems, acquired Farm Builders, Inc. along with Fred Super in 1977. In 1985 Kevin Johnson purchased Fred Suppes’ share in the company and also acquired Gateway Builders, a companion firm focuses on commercial and industrial buildings in 1986. In 1991 he combined the two companies and changed the name to Gateway Building Systems, Inc.

Over the next twenty years Gateway Building Systems has continued to build a strong reputation in the industry as a design / build contractor by taking excellent care of client’s needs in a variety of locations in an effective and efficient manner. Gateway Building Systems has a portfolio of successfully completed projects – not only in North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota but throughout the United States and worldwide! President Kevin Johnson knows the value of relationships in serving their clients. “Relationships are very important. We have an open-door policy in our company – we want to be very approachable and our sales staff are empowered to do the right thing for our clients.” That’s why 85% of our business is repeat business. “We just don’t design and build for today, we look to the future and create a plan for our customers 3, 5, and 10 years down the road,” says President Johnson.

One of the advantages of working with Gateway Building Systems is we have complete control over your project by owning our own equipment and employing our own crews and safety personnel.

From the quality and longevity of our people to the customers we have served over the last fifty plus years, Gateway Building Systems continues to focus on the future and the needs of our customers.

Gateway Building Systems. Committed to integrity, reliability and craftsmanship since 1958.

Total Control

Gateway Building Systems has gained a hard-earned reputation as a Design/Build contractor that holds experience, quality, reliability, and safety above all other considerations in the commercial and agricultural building sector.

Our in-house support services provide us total control of your project at all times, keeping construction on schedule and on budget! We work with a select group of qualified subcontractors to complete the project.


When timing is especially critical, we can fast track your project to meet crucial deadlines. This involves applying grading permits while working drawings are being finalized and pouring foundations while decisions are being made about the building’s interior.

We constantly strive to identify and eliminate potential problems before they occur.


Butler is the world’s premier manufacturer of pre-engineered building systems and 20-year roofing systems. While other manufacturers are cutting quality to remain competitive on price, Butler is always ahead of the competition through research and development, product innovation and manufacturing efficiency to remain the industry leader in value and quality. We simply won’t use second best.

Where dependability, longevity and financial strength are an issue to a client, Gateway Building Systems has a verifiable track record of success based on years of professional performance.


When you select Gateway Building Systems, you’re getting more than a contractor. You’re getting experienced personnel, time-tested subcontractors and our pledge to be there even after the project is completed.

Full Service

We provide designers, construction managers, site planners and craftsmen to construct a building that meets your expectations. Our range of contracting services takes you from the ground up…including site selection, obtaining permits, soil investigation, site development and preparation, foundations – everything through the final landscaping.

Commercial Building Staff


2138 Main Ave W
West Fargo, ND 58078


Steve Pederson

Sales / Project Management / IT –

Chris Mohs

Project Management –

Gene Anderson

Field Project Manager –

Ken Axtman

Salesman –

Agricultural Building  & Equipment Staff


2138 Main Ave W
West Fargo, ND 58078

Kevin Johnson

President / Sales –

Michael Goetz

Senior Project Manager –

Joe Horner

VP of Operations –

Dave Erbes

Sales / Project Management –

Ross Christianson

Sales Representative – 

David Geske

Seed Equipment Division / Sales / Project Management –

Ross Renecker

Purchasing / Parts Foreman –

Tim Anderson

Project Management/ Drafting –


17153 Co. HWY 82
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Cameron Rittenour

Division Manager –

Jasper Reisenauer

Project Manager –

Brian Thielen

Sales Representative –


2505 17th Street SE
Jamestown, ND 58401 

Chris Housh

Division Manager / Sales / Project Management –

Casey Trzpuc

Sales Representative –

Office Staff


2138 Main Ave W
West Fargo, ND 58078

Rhea Johnson

Secretary / Treasurer –

Tim Buckhouse

Staff Accountant –

Tony Fischer

Controller –

Brian Johnson

Logistics Coordinator –

Kayla Dockter

Administrative –

Rod Schaffer

Safety Director –

Candice Grinde

Accounts Payable –

Jeremy Johnson

Fleet Manager / Logistics –

Jeremy Leiviska

HR Business Partner –


17153 Co. HWY 82
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Miranda VanSanten

Administrative –

Company News

September 28, 2020 in News

Chris “One Man Does It All” Mohs

After seven years of having Chris Mohs as an amazing project manager at Gateway Building Systems -- you finally get…
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July 21, 2020 in News

Jeremy “Unofficial Counselor” Leiviska

Jeremy has been our HR manager here at Gateway for over a year!  He spends his days running around and…
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April 29, 2020 in News

Lynn Overboe | Customer Testimonial

Today, we want to shine a light on one of our very loyal customers, Lynn Overboe. Lynn has been working…
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February 10, 2020 in News

Kayla “Task Master” Dockter

Kayla is our Administrative Assistant, but don’t be fooled by her title -- this girl wears all the hats around here…
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January 28, 2020 in News

Roof/Bin Prevention

When it comes to the strength and integrity of your buildings and grain bins, one of the greatest threats is accumulated…
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November 9, 2018 in News

NEW to Gateway Building Systems: GAN-AG and USC Seed Treatment Equipment Solutions

Gateway Building Systems is excited to announce their recent roll-up of GAN-AG and Dealership for USC Seed Treatment Equipment.  This…
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March 8, 2019 in Job Openings


Gateway Building Systems is now hiring General Laborers.  Travel is a must and wages are based on experience.  Pre-employment drug…
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March 6, 2019 in Job Openings


Join our industry leading construction team. Gateway Building Systems has immediate openings for Millwright Foremen. Must be proficient in flat, vertical,…
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February 21, 2019 in Job Openings


Join our industry leading construction team! Gateway Building Systems has openings for Steel Building Laborers.  Must be comfortable with heights. …
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February 20, 2019 in Job Openings


Duties/Responsibilities: Operates specialized machinery such as telescope booms, lattice booms, and hydraulic cranes. Calculates load capacity, determining weight of items…
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February 1, 2019 in Job Openings


Join our industry leading construction team. Gateway Building Systems has immediate openings for Millwright/Welders. Must be proficient in flat, vertical, and…
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January 22, 2019 in Job Openings


Gateway Building Systems is now hiring Bin Erectors. Previous experience is preferred. Travel is a must and wages are based…
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January 2, 2019 in Job Openings


Gateway Building Systems is now hiring Concrete Laborers. Prior Experience is preferred, travel is a must, and wages are based…
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