Steeped in Innovation

Steeped In Innovation

Innovation leads to differentiation. Since 1979, Dant Clayton has taken a consultative approach and strived to create product solutions that meet the needs of customers. This has allowed us to stand alone as the industry's innovative leader in stadium and bleacher manufacturing.

  • 1979


    We constructed a 15,000 square foot building in Louisville, KY and opened our doors for business.


    We introduced the first all aluminum tube and channel understructure bleacher in the marketplace. It’s five times stronger and ten times stiffer than the conventional angle frame bleacher.

  • 1986

    Welded Deck System

    We became the first company to enable aluminum grandstands to provide water control with this new product.

  • 1990


    In a move that more than doubled our previous space, manufacturing relocated to a 40,000 square foot facility in Jeffersonville, IN.

  • 1992

    Colosseum-One Chair

    We introduced the first ergonomically designed, one-piece stadium chair.

  • 1994

    Colosseum-Two Chair

    Was created to provide spectators with a comfortable, contoured upgrade to the traditional aluminum bleacher. This chair also defined seat space, and allowed for a more aesthetically appealing product within a grandstand.

  • 1996

    Closure Panels

    This was the first product in our industry that provided an architectural method of enclosing the areas around a grandstand. Prior to this, aluminum extrusion was the only option available for customers.

  • 1998


    Steel production relocated to a new 110,000 square foot facility on Bernheim Lane in Louisville, KY, complete with all new equipment.

    Powder Coat

    In an effort to appeal to more architects and also increase excitement and fan experience, powder coating was introduced. This provided color options in an industry previously dominated by galvanized material finishes.

  • 2000

    Vertical Picket Rail

    Until this time, the only stand rails available were chain link fence or multi-line rails. This product was originally used in commercial/institution construction. It’s progression to the stadium industry seemed a natural fit and offered a more aesthetic solution for grandstands.

  • 2002


    To enable company growth and to modernize manufacturing processes, aluminum production moved to a 200,000 square foot facility on Algonquin Parkway in Louisville, KY. This move expanded total production space to 350,000 square feet.

  • 2003

    Slip Resistant Deck

    After continuous customer feedback and concern that bleachers became slippery when wet, we sought out a solution to the problem. Following 12 months of research, we developed and introduced a walking surface with the same slip resistance as broom finished concrete.

  • 2007

    Architectural Panel System

    Upon recognizing the demand for this product in the industry, we introduced a premium closure system that mirrored the look and feel of masonry at a fraction of the cost.

  • 2010

    Colosseum-One Classic Vented Series Chair

    We took the Colosseum-One chair to the next level by providing increased ventilation and enhanced seat drainage with this updated version.

    Hybrid Precast Stadium System

    We recognized a performance and price void in the marketplace between conventional precast and steel/aluminum stadium structures. Our Hybrid Precast Stadium System provides all the benefits of a complete concrete stadium at a significantly reduced cost.

  • 2013

    Slip and Stain Resistant Deck

    Taking our slip resistant decking to the next level, this textured thermo-bonded deck finish option creates not only a skid resistant surface, but one that eliminates oxidization staining as well. Applied in a single process, this feature can be provided at a manageable cost and yields an attractive finish that addresses all the important decking needs.

  • 2014

    Long Span Aluminum

    Continuing to supply the marketplace gap between conventional precast and steel/aluminum stadiums, we introduced the lightest and most durable stadium riser package available. Weighing 25% less than precast, this system generates simplicity and cost savings within any stadium or arena structure. It’s sleek, clean, and modern look from all sides helps this system to stand out aesthetically, providing for new design opportunities not typically considered with other systems.

  • 2015

    Railing Line Acquisition

    In effort to provide clients with a more complete premium stadium product offering, Tuttle Railings Systems, a leading fabricator specializing in non-ferrous handrails for commercial and industrial construction projects, was acquired. A portion of the production for the railing product line was relocated to the Dant Clayton Aluminum Plant in Louisville, KY.