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Ohio-Made Roller Coaster Coming to Cedar Point

Updated: Thursday, January 10 2013, 06:06 PM EST

BATAVIA -- Workers are putting the finishing touches on the newest roller coaster at Cedar Point.


It's going to be called the "GateKeeper" because the ride will wind right through the front gates of the park.  The coaster's designer promises it'll be unlike anything you've ridden before.  That's because the the track is on the side of the car.


"There's nothing above you, nothing below you," said designer Rob Decker.  "You're going to feel a lot more freedom.  It's liberating, like you're flying."


This coaster is also big business.  It will cost roughly $30 million and support nearly 400 American jobs, including 60 welders and other workers at the Clermont Steel manufacturing plant in Batavia. 


"We're doing it here in Ohio," said Matt Ouimet, CEO of Cedar Fair.  "We're doing it in an industry that I think a lot of people had thought had gone away, but this plant will continue to produce roller coasters, not only for Cedar Fair, but literally all over the world, and it's here in Ohio."


Finished pieces of the GateKeeper are ready to head north to Sandusky.  The ride is scheduled to make its debut May 11.

Ohio-Made Roller Coaster Coming to Cedar Point


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