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Dant Clayton

tion 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.
Since opening its doors in 1979, the
company has introduced a number of
improvements to stadium and bleacher
seating including functional upgrades
such as welded deck systems and aesthetic improvements such as powder
coated finishes. Dant Clayton has also
improved the spectator experience by
introducing slip-resistant decks and

other safety improvements, as well as
comfort upgrades such as one-piece
molded chairs, the company says.
Williams credits the company's ability to innovate to its engineering staff.
"We're a relatively small company," he
says. "If you look at other companies our
size in the marketplace, many of them
don't have engineers on staff. We have
seven engineers, five of whom are civil
and/or structural engineers."
The company also employs an onstaff architect, as well as six people with
MBAs or master's degrees. Two-thirds
of Dant Clayton's manufacturing workforce carries a degree or certification in
their skill. "Our staff is designed to solve
customer problems," Williams adds.
Welding is one skill a large portion of
the company is particularly proficient

South

in. All of Dant Clayton's welders are
welding procedure specification (WPS)
and Canadian Welding Board certified.
"Our people are extraordinary," Williams says. "I'm proud of our staff's willingness to accept training and improve
their skills year after year, which makes
our company better."

Fully Integrated
Dant Clayton's design engineering team,
along with other front-end and customer-facing staff including salespeople,
is one of three main components of its
workforce. "We have a fully integrated
model here of three pieces that work
seamlessly together," Williams says.
The company's second team is its
manufacturing staff, which works in
three facilities in two cities. Dant Clay-

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