The tallest, fastest, and meanest rollercoaster to strike Kings Island amusement park is set to debut next month. Designed by the world renowned Swiss engineering firm Bolliger and Mabillard (B&M), the Diamondback coaster (named after the king of all rattlesnakes) is Kings Island's first B&M coaster. The Diamondback hatched from its steel egg in Clermont County at Clermont Steel Fabricators, Inc. Since 1990, Clermont Steel Fabricators has been the exclusive U.S. coaster producer for B&M.
The 5,282 foot long steel constructed coaster spans across ten acres of rugged terrain and wooded hills and features an impressive splashdown ending. Diamondback stands 230 feet high, reaches a top speed of 80 MPH, and contains ten drops during the three-minute ride. The layout of the track resembles that of a coiled snake ready to strike. To view a fly-around animation of the coaster click here.
Clermont Steel Fabricators, Inc. fabricated the complete coaster track and supports, including blasting, priming and painting the steel. The Diamondback coaster consists of 129 track elements, 7 station elements, and 10 lift elements. Almost 1,500 tons of steel were used in the construction of this massive thrill ride.
The Clermont County company has shipped sixty-one B&M coasters to date including internationally to Canada, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In addition to their exclusive coaster fabrications for B&M, they fabricate a whole host of custom steel projects for other clients. Clermont Steel Fabricators' facility includes a 154,000 sf building and over 75,000 sf of outside raw material storage under crane. The Batavia Township company employs seventy-five. Click here to visit Clermont Steel Fabricators' website.