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Dant Clayton
www.stadiumbleachers.com /HQ: Louisville, Ky. / Specialty: Bleachers and stadium seating /
Keith Williams, president and CEO: "Our staff is designed to solve customer problems."

with an open attitude, dant
clayton takes a consultative
approach in its design of
bleachers and outdoor seating.

Out of the Park

dant clayton believes in finding new markets
for its ever-evolving line. by jim harris

Dant Clayton sees itself as more
than a leading manufacturer of
bleachers and outdoor stadium seating. "We are solution providers," says
Amanda Caulfield, sales administration manager for the Louisville, Ky.based company. "We take a consultative approach to our work, by bringing
an open-minded attitude of investigation and exploration that assists our
team in developing possibilities others in our industry cannot see.
"We pride ourselves in creating
opportunities, enhancing customer
visions, and elevating the fan experience through our unmatched design, pre-construction, and installation services," she adds. "Through
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our highly collaborative processes
and competent coordination, we are
able to identify and solve customer problems in order to make their
project successful."
One example of solving a customer's problem was Dant Clayton's development two years ago of a longspan 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 materi-

South

als 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 acquisi-


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