WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded Kings Island’s announcement that it will build a new rollercoaster, Banshee, beginning this year. The new roller coaster in Cincinnati will set the record as the world’s longest inverted coaster. Brown recognized the job creation and economic benefits of King Island’s $24 million dollar investment made with Ohio companies.
“We know how to build things in Ohio. Roller coasters have put Ohio on the map and for good reason. Designing and building a roller coaster is an exact science and Ohio’s manufacturing, skilled labor, and dedication to excellence is unparalleled,” Brown said. “Kings Island contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to Ohio’s economy and I thank the company for its continued investment in Ohio.”
At $24 million, Banshee is the largest investment in Kings Island’s 41-year history. Companies that will contribute to Banshee’s construction include Cedar Fair Entertainment Company of Sandusky, Steven Schaeffer Associates, Inc. of Cincinnati, and Clermont Steel Fabricators, LLC, of Batavia.
Kings Island, first opened in 1972, is the largest amusement park and water park in the Midwest. It is owned by Cedar Fair of Sandusky, Ohio. In 2012, Kings Island had around 3.2 million visitors. According to the Warren County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, the park had an $863 million economic impact in Warren County in 2011. The bureau also estimated that the park generates $245 million in tourism-related wages every year. The Middletown Journal estimated that Kings Island has a $1 billion impact on the region as a whole. Tourism is an important industry to Ohio, with expenditures related to tourism equaling $40 billion in 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Development.
In March, Brown visited Cedar Point, an Ohio amusement park that recently showcased a new Ohio-made rollercoaster, GateKeeper. At the visit, Brown was joined by representatives from Ohio-based companies that were integral to the building of GateKeeper. They included A.A. Boos & Sons of Oregon, Ohio, which handled the concrete foundation work for GateKeeper; Bert R. Witte Inc. of Amherst, contractor responsible for all the carpentry work on the GateKeeper; Firelands Electric of Sandusky, which assembled the electrical system that powers the ride and the lighting components; and S. A. Comunale, a Fremont pipefitting company handling the air lines for GateKeeper’s brakes and its plumbing. All are represented by regional trade unions.