October 20, 1930, was not the most opportune time in history to establish a new company.
It took courage and determination in the face of the Great Depression to lay the groundwork for what was to become Clayton Manufacturing Company.
It also took the imagination of farsighted men to envision a market for a totally new product. That product was a steam cleaner, invented by Walter Kerrick and developed by founder, William Clayton, Sr. The original management team, headed by Clayton with Kerrick as Chief Engineer and J. E.St. Clair as Secretary - Treasurer, was responsible for the evolution of this
unique machine into a line of steam cleaners that gained acceptance worldwide.
The success of the initial venture led to innovations and additional personnel. Plant Superintendent, E. M. “Pappy” Barrett, and Sales Manager, L. F. “Doc” Working, brought to the organization expertise in their respective fields. From established concepts, a series of industrial steam generators was developed under the inventive engineering guidance of Perry
Arant. These compact units employ the forced-circulation principle of steam generation and are capable of achieving significant fuel savings compared to conventional boilers.