Exclusive: Where The Roller Coasters Come From

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

CoasterBuzz visits Clermont Steel Fabricators in Batavia, Ohio, to see where B&M roller coasters are manufactured. The video includes interviews with Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet, and VP of Planning and Design, Rob Decker.

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HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar

Nicely done! Can't wait to ride GateKeeper this year. Thanks for the video.


Where is the PPE that they should be wearing? A commitment to safety would be appreciated by the whole group including Rob Decker wearing safety glasses.

Safe D begins with you Matt, even at Cedar Fair!

Oh and by the way... "Streetmosphere" is a trademarked term not owned by Cedar Fair (or Disney).. don't use it! It's Atmosphere Entertainment.

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Jeff's avatar

Uh, if you were paying attention, everyone was wearing safety glasses in the plant. The interviews were conducted in the warehouse portion of the building.

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Rihard's avatar

Interesting about the Streetmosphere trademark though.

I asked over on PointBuzz, but folks here have more exposure, so does anyone have any idea of what may have been seen at IAAPA for the fountains at the former Paramount Parks? Dancing waters maybe?

Excellent interviews and footage.

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Fun's avatar

Were there any areas of the factory that were off limits to cameras? In previous interviews, they have been protective of the actual process involved with bending rails and boxes. I noticed most of your footage was of welding and cutting.

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Jeff's avatar

I believe the rails are bent overseas and shipped there. The part about measuring out the track tie placement is the proprietary part, and yes, we weren't able to photograph it.

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TheHSBR's avatar

What a fantastic video and exactly what I needed during the middle of my winter offseason. Thanks Jeff for putting this together in such a great way! I think you captured some really cool stuff and asked the right questions!

LostKause's avatar

Very enjoyable video, Jeff. I would love to see more exclusive CoasterBuzz videos from other parks in the future. Your talents are very much appreciated.

Jeff's avatar

I honestly get a lot of opportunities for stuff like this, but the travel cost would kill me if I went to them all, so I tend to stick to what I can drive to. This one actually worked out in terms of cost, because I did double duty shooting for a production company.

Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Phrazy

Lord Gonchar's avatar

Heh. "Where are all the trees?"

I don't even remember that one.

Someday I'll be able to look back as those intros as the start of my voice-over career...or not. (reasonable rates available)

Nice video, man.

Now I remember why I pay for a subscription here and rarely post: the best information and insight into this industry on the 'net. Great video, Jeff.

To being an "us" for once - instead of a "them".

Very nice work Jeff. Enjoyed it. I'll tell you, if Rob Decker doesn't make it in construction he could be a great PR guy.

Jeff's avatar

I know, right? He's a really good storyteller. I guess I've known that in talking to him at various points over the years, but I never realized it until I interviewed him.

Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Phrazy

Rihard said:
... so does anyone have any idea of what may have been seen at IAAPA for the fountains at the former Paramount Parks? Dancing waters maybe?

I was very impressed with the Waltzing Waters show on the IAAPA floor.

Rihard's avatar

Thanks, WOF Guy. That's along the lines of what I'm hoping to see.

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rollergator's avatar

Finally got to watch it....Decker is definitely a "camera ready" guy...

Also want to note that we've been talking about balance - thrill rides, family rides, water rides, shows, attractions, *streetmosphere* (without using that term, LOL) for many years around this place...

Walk-Off HBP's avatar

This is great stuff- really enjoyed the video.

The trick was to surrender to the flow.

Thanks for the excellent video, Jeff. This was exactly the sort of content that interests me with some satisfying questions and responses. If I had any criticism, it'd be that I wasn't entirely sure what was being discussed at 2:56 for awhile. If it wasn't for Rihard's post, I probably wouldn't have figured out that Ouimet was discussing "IAPPA" (which I thought was a slurred word). :-)

I was most satisfied with Ouimet's response to Luminosity. Especially considering it was mostly his vision, he could have played the role of many CEO's that just sugarcoat everything for the shareholders. I liked his honesty that there was room for improvement, and I certainly hope that this is the mentality with all existing rides & attractions going forward. I'm looking at you, Shoot the Rapids.

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