Coaster/Park Contracting Companies

Thursday, April 10, 2003 4:44 AM
Hey all - I attended a presentation by a local contracting firm which helped to build the Steelers' new Heinz Field, and they said that there is a company that they worked with out of Indiana that has built more stadiums than anyone else in the world combined.

Got me thinking - are there contractors that specialize in amusement park work? Or coaster building? If so, does anyone know of a name or two I might be able to look up? Even if you've just noticed a contstruction trailer with a name plastered on the side of it, that would be a place for me to start. I don't know if this is even worth my effort, but I think this woud be a great way to combine getting myself some field work exposure along with nursing along my coaster habit ;)

Thanks for any help!

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Thursday, April 10, 2003 9:32 AM
Well there is the steel contractor out of Cincinnati, OH that makes all B&M track and supports for the United States.

I can't remember the name of the company anymore (I almost got a job with them) that builds all of Disney World's hotels along with their other work.

Also there is Fenton Rigging that has constructed Drop Zone, Face/Off, Delirium, and going to guess anything else steel that was built recently (including Rugrats Run.... and TR:TR). They actualy only erect the steel not any of the other work that I know of.

None of these companies are exclusive to amusement parks but have recurring contracts with certain parks or coaster firms.

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Thursday, April 10, 2003 11:18 AM
Do not forget about arrow dynamics

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Thursday, April 10, 2003 11:56 AM
Yea, I am talking about recurring contracts - I realize it won't be exclusively amusement park, that much is obvious, but like this company from Indiana is always considered when its time to build a stadium - I'd love to get in with a company along those lines.

Arrow's a design firm dude. I realize I can't get in there for a long time (need the PE at least) if ever. I mean like the guys who go out there with the blueprints from Arrow, and put the steel over there, the concrete over there, have disputes with the local unions, pee on the photo booths, etc.

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Thursday, April 10, 2003 2:51 PM
These people have done a lot of work at Cedar Fair and Six Flags parks:

http://www.martin-vleminckx.com/

They assemble, disassemble, and transport coasters, flume rides, giant wheels, and carousels. They also provide technical support and do retracking on wooden coasters. Check out their website, it is rather interesting.

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Thursday, April 10, 2003 3:34 PM
Perfect! Thanks Junior, that was exactly what I was looking for - anyone else know of other companies like that?

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P! I! T! T! P...I...T...T...P-I-T-T Let's Go PITT!!
-- Brett

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Friday, April 11, 2003 9:33 AM
I don't know if this will help you at all, but here is the company that does a lot with Universal Studios Florida and IOA.
http://www.landmarkusa.com/


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Friday, April 11, 2003 11:09 AM
I saw a "Calhoun Electric" truck at SFFT when they were building Superman Krypton Coaster. Which probably doesn't help you one bit, but hey you asked for it.

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Friday, April 11, 2003 12:50 PM
If you are into electrical stuff. "Tarven Electric" always does electrical installations at Kings Island. They have a work trailer full of wire and stuff that never leaves the park.

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