If you’ve ever attended a college or professional sporting event, rocked out to a popular band at an arena concert or even supported Little League at your local ballpark, there’s a good chance you sat in seats made by Dant Clayton.
From Yankee Stadium in New York to Trinity High School right here at home, Dant Clayton has been revolutionizing the stadium and bleacher industry for nearly 40 years. The company provides a full range of services to customers across the country, including design, manufacturing, fabricating and installation. In addition to seats in sports stadiums and small ballparks, Dant Clayton is also a leading provider of seating solutions for indoor arenas.
Dant Clayton prides itself on offering more than just bleachers. The company has developed groundbreaking construction components for the stadium and arena industry, including its patented Hybrid Precast stadium system and the Long Span Aluminum Concrete Injected stadium riser package. Dant Clayton’s advancements in architectural railing and closure systems offer the highest level of spectator safety.
Dant Clayton takes the approach of consulting partner, working to find a customized solution for every unique need. The firm’s design and engineering consulting services include conceptual design, architectural support, code analysis and structural analysis.
During the pre-construction phase of any project, the company can offer budgeting, scheduling and value engineering services, as well as techniques to optimize revenue. Once a project is designed and ready to launch, Dant Clayton provides full-service, turn-key stadium installation services, including foundations and site work, erection and assembly, project management and workforce solutions.
A rich history
Dant Clayton opened its doors in 1979 in an unassuming 15,000-square-foot building in Louisville. That same year, the company introduced the first all-aluminum tube and channel understructure bleacher in the marketplace. It’s five times stronger and 10 times stiffer than conventional angle-frame bleachers.
That began a culture of innovation that continues to this day. In the 1980s, Dant Clayton introduced a welded deck system for aluminum grandstands, allowing for optimum water control. In the 1990s, the company brought to market the first ergonomically designed, one-piece stadium chair, as well as a contoured upgrade to the traditional aluminum bleacher that offered users a higher level of comfort than ever before. Dant Clayton also introduced a powder coating technique that provided new color options for seating. The only choices available prior to that were galvanized material finishes.
In response to growing concerns about the potential for wet bleachers to cause slips and falls, Dant Clayton developed a pioneering slip-resistant deck product in 2003. Many other innovations have followed, including further upgrades to its one-piece stadium chair and the addition of stain resistance to its already slip-resistant deck.
Thriving for nearly 40 years and growing in the process is no small accomplishment. As a result of steadily introducing new products and services, Dant Clayton outgrew its first facility and moved to a 40,000-square-foot building in Jeffersonville in 1990. The company expanded again by adding a steel production facility in 1998 and an aluminum production facility in 2002, both in the South End of Louisville.
In the fall of 2015, Dant Clayton Corporation acquired Tuttle Aluminum and Bronze, the largest fabricator of non-ferrous welded and mechanical hand railing in the United States. Together they make a team that is still focused on unmatched quality but also able to handle a much larger volume of work. The possibilities are endless with these two teams combined.
Maintaining a healthy culture
Despite its explosive growth — 66 percent in the past three years alone — Dant Clayton remains focused on its four Cs —cooperation, collaboration, competence and coordination. Thanks to these overarching values, the company has been able to maintain a level of customer loyalty with architects, contractors, school districts, universities and many others that is unprecedented in its industry.
The staff at Dant Clayton are a close-knit family, and teamwork is the key to the company’s longevity and success. Employees participate on cross-functional teams, leveraging their combined talents and problem-solving skills. This culture allows for rapid and agile response to the ever-changing needs of a competitive industry.
The culture of teamwork and community also extends beyond the company’s walls. Dant Clayton gives back by partnering with local nonprofits, such as Dare to Care and Every 1 Reads. The company also partners with Gutermuth Elementary School on various programs, including its holiday basket program. New this year, Dant Clayton employees will participate in Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana’s JA Inspire event in October.
Dant’s Clayton’s tagline is “Elevate Your View.” Building on that concept, the company recently introduced its “Elevate 24/7” initiative, which encourages staff to carry the company’s safety and wellness initiatives in all things they do, both inside and outside the workplace.
One thing is clear, Dant Clayton has spent the past four decades elevating the standard for stadium seating. Whether it’s a 50,000-seat arena or a set of park bleachers, the company continues to stand out as the industry leader.
Join the Dant Clayton team
If you would like to work for a solid company that has been revolutionizing the stadium and bleacher industry for nearly 40 years, send them an email. For more information about the company, visit www.stadiumbleachers.com.
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