Rocky Mountain Construction

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Rocky Mountain Construction
TypePrivate
IndustryManufacturing and construction
Founded2001 (2001)
FounderFred Grubb and Suanne Dedmon
Headquarters,
United States
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Darren Torr (President/CEO)
  • Jake Kilcup (COO)
Services Roller coasters, water parks, specialty construction
Website www.rockymtnconstruction.com

Rocky Mountain Construction, often abbreviated as RMC, is a manufacturing and construction company based in Hayden, Idaho, United States. The company is best known for its I-Box track and Topper Track for wooden roller coasters.

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History

In 2001, Rocky Mountain Construction was established by Fred Grubb and Suanne Dedmon. Fred Grubb previously had experience in the construction industry having worked on custom homes and zoo exhibits. The company has worked on several projects including the construction of roller coasters, water parks, steel buildings, miniature golf courses and go kart tracks. [1]

In 2009 Alan Schilke of Ride Centerline began providing design and engineering work for Rocky Mountain Construction. He previously worked with Arrow Dynamics (later S&S Worldwide) to design Tennessee Tornado, Road Runner Express, and X. [2] [3] [4] Working with Rocky Mountain Construction, Schilke and Grubb designed the I-Box track for wooden roller coasters. [5] The first installation of this track technology debuted on New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas in 2011. [6]

In late 2011, Schilke announced that the company would be working on two projects throughout 2012 which would both open in 2013. [7] These were later revealed to be an I-Box retrack of The Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and a new roller coaster designed from scratch at Silver Dollar City named Outlaw Run. [8] [9] The track technology used for Outlaw Run, which allows a square beam of wood to be twisted, took 4 years to develop. It allows Rocky Mountain Construction to design layouts with maneuvers that are not traditionally possible with wooden roller coasters such as heartline rolls. Grubb has stated the technology could be used for new elements in the future. [10] Some new elements were realized with the announcement of Goliath at Six Flags Great America. The ride features a dive loop and a zero-g stall. The ride opened in June 2014. [11]

In 2013, Rocky Mountain Construction signed a deal with Dutch amusement ride firm Vekoma. The agreement allows Vekoma to sell Rocky Mountain Construction's roller coasters outside the North American market. [12] In 2014, Kolmården Wildlife Park in Sweden announced plans to build the first Rocky Mountain coaster in Europe called Wildfire, which opened on June 28, 2016. [13] To handle increased demand, Rocky Mountain Construction opened a new factory, twice the size of their existing one, in August 2014. [14]

Technology

Topper Track (left) and I-Box Track (right) display at Rocky Mountain Construction's booth at IAAPA IAE 2017, with the Raptor Track display behind them to the right RMC Track Types (26669969379) (cropped).jpg
Topper Track (left) and I-Box Track (right) display at Rocky Mountain Construction's booth at IAAPA IAE 2017, with the Raptor Track display behind them to the right

List of roller coasters

As of June 2021, Rocky Mountain Construction has built or refurbished 24 roller coasters around the world. Twenty-one of them are currently operating, and three of them are being constructed. [21]

NameModelParkCountryConverted FromOpenedStatusRefImage
New Texas Giant I-Box - Steel Six Flags Over Texas Flag of the United States.svg United StatesTexas Giant2011Operating [22]
[6]
The NEW Texas Giant.jpg
Outlaw Run Topper Track - Wood Silver Dollar City Flag of the United States.svg United StatesN/A2013Operating [23] Outlaw Run Roll.jpg
Iron Rattler I-Box - Steel Six Flags Fiesta Texas Flag of the United States.svg United StatesRattler2013Operating [24]
[8]
[25]
Iron Rattler 28 crop.jpg
Medusa Steel Coaster I-Box - Steel Six Flags Mexico Flag of Mexico.svg MexicoMedusa2014Operating [26] Medusa lift hill, Six Flags Mexico.jpg
Goliath Topper Track - Wood Six Flags Great America Flag of the United States.svg United StatesN/A2014Operating [27] Goliath at Six Flags Great America (14696982188).jpg
Twisted Colossus I-Box - Steel Six Flags Magic Mountain Flag of the United States.svg United StatesColossus2015Operating [28]
[29]
SFMM- Twisted Colossus.jpg
Wicked Cyclone I-Box - Steel Six Flags New England Flag of the United States.svg United StatesCyclone2015Operating [30]
[31]
Wicked Cyclone Media Day (17745251928).jpg
Wildfire Topper Track - Wood Kolmården Flag of Sweden.svg SwedenN/A2016Operating [32]
[13]
WildfireKolmarden2017.jpg
Storm Chaser I-Box - Steel Kentucky Kingdom Flag of the United States.svg United StatesTwisted Twins2016Operating [33] StormChaser Entrance.jpg
The Joker I-Box - Steel Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Flag of the United States.svg United StatesROAR2016Operating [34] Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (27297618681).jpg
Lightning Rod Topper Track & I-Box - Wood & steel [35] Dollywood Flag of the United States.svg United StatesN/A2016Operating LightningRod-Entrance.jpg
Twisted Timbers I-Box - Steel Kings Dominion Flag of the United States.svg United StatesHurler2018Operating [36] Twisted Timbers Sign and Lift Mar 2018.jpg
Steel Vengeance I-Box - Steel Cedar Point Flag of the United States.svg United StatesMean Streak2018Operating [37] Steel Vengeance Drop View.jpg
Twisted Cyclone I-Box - Steel Six Flags Over Georgia Flag of the United States.svg United StatesGeorgia Cyclone2018Operating [38] SFOG TwistedCyclone.JPG
Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster Raptor Track - Steel Six Flags Fiesta Texas Flag of the United States.svg United StatesN/A2018Operating [39]
[40]
Wonder Woman GLC 3.18.jpg
RailBlazer Raptor Track - Steel California's Great America Flag of the United States.svg United StatesN/A2018Operating [41] RailBlazer (44990050352).jpg
Hakugei I-Box - Steel Nagashima Spa Land Flag of Japan.svg JapanWhite Cyclone2019Operating [42]
Untamed I-Box - Steel Walibi Holland Flag of the Netherlands.svg NetherlandsRobin Hood2019Operating [43]
[44]
Walibi Holland Untamed first drop.jpg
Zadra I-Box - Steel Energylandia Flag of Poland.svg PolandN/A2019Operating [45] Zadra (Energylandia) - First Drop.jpg
Stunt Pilot Raptor Track - Steel Silverwood Theme Park Flag of the United States.svg United StatesN/A2021Operating [46]
Jersey Devil Coaster Raptor Track - Steel Six Flags Great Adventure Flag of the United States.svg United StatesN/A2021Operating [47]
Iron Gwazi I-Box - Steel Busch Gardens Tampa Flag of the United States.svg United StatesGwazi2022Operating [48] Iron Gwazi - Busch Gardens Tampa.jpg
Wonder Woman Flight of Courage Raptor Track - Steel Six Flags Magic Mountain Flag of the United States.svg United StatesN/A2022Operating [49]
ArieForce One I-Box - Steel Fun Spot Atlanta Flag of the United States.svg United StatesN/A2023Under Construction [50] [51]
Wildcat's Revenge I-Box - Steel Hersheypark Flag of the United States.svg United StatesWildcat2023Under Construction


Other projects

Topper Track, no layout changes

Construction

Source: [52]

Repairs

Source: [52]

Miscellaneous

The wave pool at Boulder Beach was constructed by Rocky Mountain Construction Silverwood wavepool1.jpg
The wave pool at Boulder Beach was constructed by Rocky Mountain Construction

Source: [52]

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