Sen. Brown Congratulates Cedar Point On 144th Opening Day, Debut Of Ohio-Made Gatekeeper Rollercoaster

Representative from Brown’s Office Attends 144th Opening Day Ceremony and Ribbon-Cutting for New Ohio-Made Rollercoaster, GateKeeper

SANDUSKY, OH – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) congratulated Cedar Point as it celebrated its 144th opening day and continues its historic run as North America’s second oldest amusement park. Today also marked the official ribbon cutting of Cedar Point’s new rollercoaster, Gatekeeper, which Brown visited in March. Brown spoke with workers and recognized the job creation and economic benefits of Cedar Point’s $30 million investment made with Ohio companies. 

“I congratulate Cedar Point on another opening day and for continuing its historic run,” Brown said. “I am also proud that Cedar Point has chosen to use many Ohio manufacturers to build its new GateKeeper roller coaster. We know how to make things in Ohio—from tires to car frames and now roller coasters. Cedar Point is the best in the world at what it does and continues to create jobs and strengthen our economies in Sandusky, greater Erie County, and Ohio.”  

Brown was unable to attend the opening day and ribbon cutting ceremony, but was represented by his constituent services liaison, John Patterson. In his March visit to Cedar Point, 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 carpenter 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.


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