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American Seating in the process of selling Architectural Fixed Seating division


Grand Rapid’s American Seating is in the process of selling its iconic stadium seating division.

That potential sale would include the downsizing of its workforce.

A Letter of Intent to sell has been signed by American Seating and Irwin Seating Company.

American Seating is a world leader in transportation seating and it wants to focus on growth opportunities there. Stadium seating, known in the industry as Architectural Fixed Seating has become a seasonal business. The company says that poses “operational challenges.”

A sale to Irwin Seating makes sense. In a news release it explains it’s a world leader in audience seating for movie theatres, auditoriums, arenas, performing arts centers, stadiums and places of worship and it’s also headquartered in Grand Rapids.

The transition will impact some of American Seating’s 400 workers. About 80 of them will be without jobs. Perhaps temporarily, Irwin Seating will need to increase its workforce to produce Architectural Fixed Seating acquired in the deal that both companies hope to close in March.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.