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One example of solving a customer's problem was Dant Clayton's
development two years ago of a long-span aluminum concrete-injected stadia product. The company began developing the product
in response to the United States Tennis Association [USTA]'s request
for a light-weight and durable bleacher product with a quiet surface,
Dant Clayton President and CEO Keith Williams says.
Dant Clayton's engineering department first examined different materials for the product including precast concrete and a
steel/aluminum hybrid before choosing an all-aluminum bleacher.
The company worked with supplier SAPA Extrusions to create an
aluminum dye with a large open cavity, which it used to produce a
long, hollow piece of aluminum.
The company then filled the aluminum with a slurry produced
by local concrete supplier Temple and Temple, which made the
piece rigid. The concrete infill also deadens sound that can be produced by tapping or pounding on the seat.
In addition to being quiet, the aluminum spans only need to be
supported every 30 feet, creating more potentially usable space
beneath the bleachers. The long-span aluminum concrete-injected
product is now in place in the National Tennis Center in Flushing,
N.Y. Although it is mainly used at the center for outdoor seating,

the product can also be used in indoor venues such as hockey arenas and amphitheaters. "Our latest product innovations serve to
create unique solutions for current and future customers as we
enter new markets and seek out alternative applications for our
products and services," Caulfield says.

FOCUS ON INNOVATION
The long-span aluminum concrete-injected product is one of the
company's efforts to diversify its offerings. Dant Clayton's bleachers and seating products can be found at athletic stadiums ranging
from parks and high schools to professional sports facilities. As much
of this work is typically seasonal, the company has in recent years
developed additional products and made investments that expand
its work to sectors beyond outdoor stadiums.This includes the company's acquisition last year of Tuttle Railing Systems, a fabricator of
handrails for commercial and industrial construction projects. Dant
Clayton also recently began fabricating press boxes, Williams says.
Dant Clayton's work for the USTA is representative of its overall focus on innovation. "There has not been a creative innovation
in this industry in the past 20 years, that we are aware of, which has
not come from here," Williams says.

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