Ohio State University

Ohio State University

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

MTS Takes The Art of Seating to College

MTS Seating’s banquet, conference, meeting and dining chairs are a common sight on The Ohio State University’s (OSU) Columbus, Ohio, campus. The company has provided more than 4,000 chairs and barstools from nine product lines to the university.

One of the top 20 public universities in the nation, OSU’s Columbus campus is situated on more than 1,700 acres and consists of 451 buildings. Its 14 colleges and 175 undergraduate majors cater to almost 50,000 undergraduate students.

MTS offers an extensive selection of seating for venues in higher education, in a variety of product lines and fabrics, finishes, colors and surfaces. “Even in a higher education setting – banquet and conference facilities, campus dining rooms and the like – we approach seating as part of the overall design of the room and facility,” said Bart Kulish, president of MTS. “We collaborate with our customers to help them achieve their vision, whether it’s with color or a custom chair design. We call that ‘The Art of Seating,’ and it’s especially important in higher education settings.”

In the case of Ohio State, seating needs for the new Ohio Union were very specific when the facility opened in 2010. “We needed to have really customized seating to meet the space demands of the new venue,” explained Beth Ullum, assistant director for creative projects and special events at Ohio State University.

MTS provided seating for a number of conference, meeting and food service facilities across campus, including chairs for the largest space in the Ohio Union: the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom. In addition, the university has recently received a new MTS customized chair order, this time for the Ohio Union’s Staters Club.

Chair selections used by OSU include:

  • MTS Designer Classics – modern minimalist design with contoured styling and flexible support
  • Toledo™ Chairs – mix of style and character and a variety of back and seating options, all on a steel frame
  • Micah Chairs – a smooth, brushed aluminum finish and sleek architectural style for beautiful dining
  • Americana™ Woods and Square Chairs – steel (Americana) and aluminum (Square Chair) frames, a COMFORTweb® upholstered seat, and, in the Ohio State project, custom-designed seat backs on the Square Chair.
  • MTS Burgess® Como stacking chairs – a specially-designed contoured back and lower lumbar comfort support, in a lightweight, sophisticated style
  • MTS Burgess® Salon nesting chairs – lightweight, high-strength, aluminum alloy frame, dramatic lines in an endless array of fabrics
  • Impilato stacking chairs – an impressive look and a comfortable feel from a COMFORTweb® seat, the OSU chairs also feature a custom-designed back

“Our Custom Shoppe can provide the style and touches that personalize an organization’s seating experience,” said Kulish. “That’s very important in a university setting, where every touch point can reinforce a visitor’s emotional tie to the institution.” MTS has combined research, development, engineering and manufacturing under one roof for a customized product and quick, efficient response.

MTS is the first metal-framed hospitality seating manufacturer to earn the UL GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification on its stacking, banquet and restaurant seating, and received Sustainability Leader status with the MindClick Global Hospitality Sustainability Index in 2014.

Design, development, manufacturing and customer satisfaction are keys to MTS’s approach to The Art of Seating.