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Cover Story www.parkworld-online.com


a smooth er rid e Y


Designed for a smoother ride


Designed for


Rocky Mountain Construction Group founder Fred Grubb takes Park World behind the scenes to find outmore about its unique track products


ou set up Rocky Mountain Construction Group with your wife, Suanne Dedman 2001 Can you tell me a bit more about


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this time, your background in the industry and the kind of challenges you faced?


In 1994, I was living in Seattle working for a company doing artificial rock work. Silverwood Theme Park hired us to install some artificial rock for a white water raft ride. Silverwood’s owner, Gary Norton offered me a job at the park as the construction/maintenance director.Within a few years, I had managed the building of two CCI designed wooden coasters at Silverwood. In 1999, I went to work for CCI as a project manager. Then in 2001, I decided to start RMC out of my garage in Athol, ID.


We began by repairing wooden coaster track for clients such as Six Flags.We also designed and built a water park at Silverwood.


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It was challenging keeping our trained coaster crew members busy with just coaster work, so we took any work we could get our hands on. From erecting steel airport hangars, concrete polishing to even plowing snow and shovelling roofs, we needed to keep our core crew busy year round.


After repairing wooden coaster tracks over and over, I knew that there had to be a better track system. I contacted several engineers to discuss some ideas, but all of them told me it couldn’t be done.My final call was to Alan Schilke, and the rest is history. To


Together we came up with Ibox track - he was able to figure out how to engineer it and I figured out ho w w e could effectively manufacture i t .


Alan continues to play a very imve y important role in the business doesn t he?


Alan continues to pla y a v


role in t he business doesn ’t he? Ye


Yes… Alan is the one that comes up with all the crazy el ements that we have on our rides an d is the sole


creator of all our exciting layouts. He is a very talented engineer and we have a great working relationship.


Tell me about The Topper and IBox s. Ho w do they w or k and ho ed the industry?


ell me about The T opper and IBo Tracks. How do t e t


have they changed the indus y c


Topper track was initially created to replace small high stress areas on coasters with traditional wood track. It has now been more popular as a track for new wooden coasters, such asWildfire in Sweden. It allows all the same thrilling elements (inversions etc) as the Ibox, the only difference is that it more closely resembles traditional wood track .


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The Ibox track is an all steel Ibox beam track that can be used on new or existing wooden coasters. The Ibox track has revolutionised the coaster industry, potentially saving many wooden coasters from being torn down. The To


y work and how


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