S&S Worldwide

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S&S Worldwide
Industry Manufacturing
Predecessors S&S Sports Inc.
S&S Power
Founded 1994 (1994)
Founders Stan Checketts
Headquarters Logan, Utah, USA
Area served Worldwide
Products Amusement rides, roller coasters
Website www.engineeringexcitement.com
The Double Shot is one of S&S Worldwide's air-launched tower rides.

S&S Worldwide is a company known for its pneumatically powered amusement rides and roller coaster designing.

History[edit]

S&S Worldwide was founded by Stan Checketts as S&S Sports, Inc. S&S Sports manufactures bungee jumping and trampoline equipment. S&S Sports was sold in 1996. In 1994, S&S began manufacturing air-powered amusement rides which is now the main stay of the company.[1] S&S Worldwide is based in Logan, Utah.

In 2002, S&S began looking for opportunities to expand their business, citing acquisitions as the best method to do so.[2] Following the bankruptcy filing of wooden roller coaster manufacturer Custom Coasters International (CCI), S&S hired founder Denise Dinn-Larrick and several other former CCI employees to start a new wooden coaster division for the company.[2] In October 2002, S&S founded S&S Arrow, a limited liability company which purchased the assets of the bankrupt Arrow Dynamics.[3] However, the only Arrow Dynamics coaster design S&S continues to offer is the 4th dimension coaster.

In 2004, after four wooden roller coasters were built, S&S closed that division of the company.[4]

In 2006, S&S Power opened Celebration Centre, a Family Entertainment Center featuring a number of S&S rides and prototypes. The facility was later sold and is currently no longer operating.[5]

On August 25, 2006 S&S Power, Inc. announced that Stan Checketts and Gene Mulvihill, both original founding partners of S&S, had formed a group to purchase a controlling interest of S & S. The negotiations took several months. CEO Checketts was to direct the company based on the same principles upon which it was founded; "...to provide the amusement industry with thrilling, high-quality rides the entire family can enjoy." Checketts also announced that the business operations of S&S would remain under the direction of Rich Allen, who would continue in his role as Chief Operating Officer.

In February 2009, Larsen MacColl Partners acquired a significant equity interest in S&S, including all shares previously owned by Checketts. The Koffman family and affiliated shareholders were to maintain their ownership interest. Checketts ended his consulting relationship with the company in order to pursue other business interests.[6] As of December 2013, those interests included Soaring Eagle Zipline Inc., of Logan Utah.

In November 2012, S&S Worldwide Inc., entered into a binding agreement with Sansei Yusoki Co., Ltd., of Osaka, Japan, whereby Sansei acquired 77.3% interest in S&S.[7][8] Signage at the 2012 and 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expos promoted the new company as S&S Sansei. A formal announcement concerning a name change of the company has yet to be made.

Types of amusement rides[edit]

Power Tower, an S&S Worldwide ride at Cedar Point

Roller coasters[edit]

Towers[edit]

Flat rides[edit]

Notable installations[edit]

Mumbo Jumbo at Flamingo Land is an S&S El Loco.
Name Model Park/Country Year Opened
Barnstormer Screamin' Swing Dollywood, United States 2011 [23]
Batwing Spaceshot Space Shot Warner Bros. Movie World, Australia 2006 [24]
Big Shot Space Shot Stratosphere Las Vegas, United States 1996 [25]
Columbia & Discovery Multi-tower Ride Mirabilandia, Italy 1997
Crazy Bird El Loco Happy Valley, Tianjin 2013
Detonator Space Shot Worlds of Fun, United States 1996 [26]
Doctor Doom's Fearfall Space Shot Islands of Adventure, United States 1999 [27]
Dodonpa Air-Launched Coaster Fuji-Q Highland, Japan 2001 [28]
Dominator Multi-tower Ride Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, United States 1999
Eejanaika 4th Dimension Fuji-Q Highland, Japan 2006 [29]
El Loco El Loco Adventuredome 2014
Extreme Rusher Air-Launched Coaster Happy Valley Beijing, China 2011 [30]
Giant Barn Swing Screamin' Swing Silver Dollar City, United States 2007
Green Lantern Coaster El Loco Warner Bros. Movie World, Australia 2011 [31]
Hell Cat Wooden Coaster Clementon Amusement Park, United States 2004 [32]
HellCat Wooden Coaster Timber Falls Adventure Park, United States 2004 [33]
Hellevator Combo Tower Ride Playland (Vancouver), Canada 2000
Ice Blast: The Ride Space Shot Pleasure Beach Blackpool, United Kingdom 1997 [34]
Mumbo Jumbo El Loco Flamingo Land Resort, United Kingdom 2009 [35]
Powder Keg: A Blast into the Wilderness Air-Launched Coaster Silver Dollar City, United States 2005 [36]
Power Tower Multi-tower Ride Cedar Point, United States 1998
Power Tower Multi-tower Ride Valleyfair, United States 2000
Raketti (Space Shot) Space Shot Linnanmäki, Finland 1999
ring°racer Air-Launched Coaster Nürburgring, Germany 2013 [37]
The Rocket Multi-tower Ride Lagoon Amusement Park, United States 1999
Rush Screamin' Swing Thorpe Park, United Kingdom 2005 [38]
Sasquatch Multi-tower Ride Great Escape, United States 2009
Scream! Combo Tower Ride Six Flags Fiesta Texas, United States 1999
Scream! Multi & Combo Tower Ride Six Flags New England, United States 1998 [39]
Sequoia Adventure Screaming Squirrel Gardaland, Italy 2005
Skyhawk Screamin' Swing Cedar Point, United States 2006
Slammer Sky Swatter Thorpe Park, United Kingdom 2005 [18]
Steel Hawg El Loco Indiana Beach, United States 2008 [40]
Supreme Scream Turbo Drop Knott's Berry Farm, United States 1998 [41]
Timber Drop El Loco Fraispertuis City 2011
Tranan Free Fly Skara Sommarland, Sweden 2009 [42]
Twist Coaster Robin El Loco Yomiuriland 2014
Xtreme Swing Screamin' Swing Valleyfair, United States 2006

Former installations[edit]

Name Model Park/Country Year Opened Year Closed
Catapult Sky Swatter Six Flags New England 2006 2012 [43]
Hypersonic XLC Air-Launched Coaster Kings Dominion 2001 2007 [44]
Maliboomer Space Shot Disney California Adventure Park 2001 2010 [45]
VertiGo Sky Sling Cedar Point
Knott's Berry Farm
2001
2001
2001
2002
[46]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company". S&S Worldwide. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b O'Brien, Tim (August 12, 2002). "S&S moves to snap up defunct rivals". Amusement Business 114 (32): 1,9. 
  3. ^ O'Brien, Tim (November 4, 2002). "S&S affiliate catches Arrow". Amusement Business 114 (44): 8. 
  4. ^ Seifert, Jeffrey (2012). "The Custom Coasters Revolution". RollerCoaster! Magazine (Zanesville, Ohio: American Coaster Enthusiasts) 33 (4): 21–31. ISSN 0896-7261. 
  5. ^ Logan Celebration Centre – Home
  6. ^ "Stan Checketts Out as S&S Worldwide Inc. Announces Ownership Change". ACE News Now. American Coaster Enthusiasts. September 30, 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ "S&S Worldwide, Sansei Yusoki Co. join forces". Amusement Today. November 19, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ "SANSEI YUSOKI CO LTD to Acquire S&S Worldwide, Inc.". Reuters News. November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ "4th Dimension". S&S Worldwide. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Air-Launched Coaster". S&S Worldwide. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ "El Loco". S&S Worldwide. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Free Fly". S&S Worldwide. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ Marden, Duane. "Roller Coaster Search Results  (S&S Wooden Roller Coasters)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
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  15. ^ "Double Shot". S&S Worldwide. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  16. ^ Fais, Scott; Walker, Allison; Handiboe, John. "Exclusive: Orlando Polercoaster modeled after 'El Loco' in Las Vegas". mynews13.com. News 13. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  17. ^ Moon, Jacob (September 30, 2002). "Cache native breaks a speed record". The Utah Statesman. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
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  20. ^ "Frog Hopper". S&S Worldwide. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Jungle Swing". S&S Worldwide. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Monkey Madness". S&S Worldwide. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  23. ^ Template:Dollywood.com
  24. ^ "Batwing Spaceshot (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Parkz. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Big Shot (Stratosphere)". Parkz. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Detonator (Thorpe Park)". Parkz. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Doctor Dooms Fearfall (Islands of Adventure)". Parkz. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  28. ^ Marden, Duane. "Dodonpa  (Fuji-Q Highland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  29. ^ Marden, Duane. "Eejanaika  (Fuji-Q Highland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  30. ^ Marden, Duane. "Extreme Rusher  (Happy Valley Beijing)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  31. ^ Marden, Duane. "Green Lantern Coaster  (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  32. ^ Marden, Duane. "Hell Cat  (Clementon Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  33. ^ Marden, Duane. "HellCat  (Timber Falls Adventure Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  34. ^ "Ice Blast (Pleasure Beach Blackpool)". Parkz. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  35. ^ Marden, Duane. "Mumbo Jumbo  (Flamingo Land)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  36. ^ Marden, Duane. "Powder Keg: A Blast in the Wilderness  (Silver Dollar City)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  37. ^ Marden, Duane. "ring°racer  (Nürburgring)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  38. ^ "Rush (Thorpe Park)". Parkz. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  39. ^ "Scream (Six Flags New England)". Parkz. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  40. ^ Marden, Duane. "Steel Hawg  (Indiana Beach)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  41. ^ "Supreme Scream (Knotts Berry Farm)". Parkz. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  42. ^ Marden, Duane. "Tranan  (Skara Sommarland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  43. ^ "Catapult to be removed from Six Flags New England". Blog. March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  44. ^ Marden, Duane. "Hypersonic XLC  (Kings Dominion)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  45. ^ "Maliboomer (Disney California Adventure Park)". Parkz. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  46. ^ http://www.ultimaterollercoaster.com/news/archives/2002/stories/030702_01.shtml

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