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American Seating Celebrates 125 years at the APTA Expo in New Orleans
Event Date: October 03, 2011

American Seating exhibits at the APTA Expo in New Orleans this Oct. 3-5, Booth 3533.

“We’re excited to show the APTA Expo’s 17,000 attendees what’s next for the future of transportation seating,” President and COO Tom Bush said. “We’re proud to meet the seating needs for customers throughout North America.”

The company is an active stakeholder in transportation discussions occurring at national and international levels. In May, American Seating co-hosted a major event with the Apollo Alliance featuring U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari. The company was the third of only 10 sites across the United States to host such an event promoting green-collar jobs in transit.

On exhibit in American Seating’s APTA Expo Booth 3533

InSight® – North America’s No. 1-selling transit seat on display
The best-selling city-service transit seat, InSight®, displays at American Seating’s Booth 3533 with an array of new styling options. The seat has been recognized for achievements in design, receiving the prestigious iF® (International Forum) and Red Dot design awards. InSight® features the largest personal sitting area on the market. In addition to new style, fabric and color options, American Seating has added the option for upholstered back panels. Combined, these elements help support APTA’s goal to improve the image of transportation and boost ridership.

Interior Configurator
InSight® can be specified using American Seating’s Interior Configurator tool – a free, web-based interactive design tool that lets users specify colors and actual seating components, and, with a few mouse clicks, see how these choices will look in a photo-realistic city bus interior. The latest version of the Configurator – which includes more fabrics, colors and the back-panel upholstery option – will be on display at American Seating’s booth for users to try.

Vision® is the next generation in stainless seating. The product received the Good Design® award in the Transportation category, one of the oldest and most recognized programs for design excellence worldwide. The Vision® offering features unsurpassed vandal resistance and significant advances in seating comfort, performance and elegance in the next generation stainless offering.

Premier® motorcoach passenger seating features three-point seat belts and SafeGuard SmartFrame™ technology. It provides the highest level of safety for both belted and unbelted passengers and is proven to deliver full compartmentalization protection to unbelted passengers within motorcoaches. Premier® received the prestigious SAE International Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering.

Lighter-weight solutions
American Seating has also focused on lighter-weight seating solutions – slim-line, lean designs as part of its overall value platform, which are trademarks of the InSight® and Vision product offerings. The Metropolitan® has also been redesigned to be one of the lightest passenger seating offerings in the industry, achieving up to a 20 percent reduction in weight, depending on the model type and vehicle layout.

All American Seating products are designed with customer needs in mind.

“The best solution for a customer depends on a number of important decision-making factors,” Marketing Manager Gary Thompson said. “Our job is to help our customers select the seating and securement solution that’s right for them.”


• 80 percent of North America’s City Service bus seats are made by American Seating
• 100 percent of American Seating products are manufactured in the U.S.
• 95 percent of its products are made from domestic content
• Read or download The History of Seating America for more information on American Seating’s rich history in transportation and other markets

“We’re pleased to be part of our country’s history, and the history of transportation in North America,” American Seating Chairman/CEO Ed Clark said.

Celebrate with American Seating – enjoy anniversary cookies and other treats, and try out the company’s contemporary transportation product lines – at the APTA Expo in New Orleans, Booth 3533, Oct. 3-5.

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Posted in Transportation Events on September 29, 2011