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    Stadium Bleachers Aren’t the Only Thing Dant Clayton Has to Offer to Louisville

    Jan 27, 2016
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    To thrive in an industry where exporting isn’t a viable option and the competition is high, Dant Clayton had to search for something new. That something new turned out to be a railing systems company, based out of Fishers, Indiana. With the acquisition of Tuttle Railing Systems in September 2015, Dant Clayton plans to bring new jobs to Louisville and expand their offerings over the next few years. This news is not only good for Louisville, but also for the manufacturing industry as a whole. Louisville locals of all trades will have the exciting opportunity to potentially join the growing team that has built bleachers and grandstands for some of the most notable venues in sports, from Yankee Stadium to the Kentucky Horse Park.

    The expansion provides immediate job opportunities in the area, which will add to the existing 160 workers and continue to grow. This growth will be facilitated with help from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) board. Job opportunities are just one of the benefits that have resulted in this acquisition though. To date, Dant Clayton has received preliminary approval for $850,000 in tax incentives from KEDFA because of the company’s job creation and investment plans related to the expansion. All former Tuttle Railing Systems positions, with the exception of the sales team, will move to the 350,000 square feet of production space on Bernheim Lane in Louisville. So far, one-third of production for the newly named company, TUTTLE A Dant Clayton Division, has already moved from Fishers, Indiana, with plans to move the remainder of production in the fall.

    From building a premier product to superb customer service, talented and hard-working employees are essential to the success of the company. Dant Clayton is making investments to assure that this level of excellence is maintained in retaining and recruiting employees in the future. According to the KEDFA filing, the expansion includes $1.65 million investment and the creation of nearly 65 jobs in the next 10 years. The new job opportunities will have an average wage of $19 per hour, including benefits, adding to worker quality of life.

     “Strong talent is invaluable to a company that prides itself in the product it creates and the people it employs,” Bruce Merrick, Dant Clayton Chairman, said.

    There are numerous qualities that the company will look for in potential employees during the rigorous hiring process. It will be imperative for candidates to exemplify accountability and thrive in a culture of personal development. If hired, employees can envision an environment that builds continuous improvement that surpasses lean manufacturing and includes product development, R&D efforts and discovering latent customer needs.

    “This expansion benefits the local economy and Dant Clayton customers equally,” said Merrick. “The opportunities will help local job-seekers, while customers will get the benefit of choosing from more product options, which in return will help the business grow and create more new jobs.”