Park’s new coaster to benefit Ohio businesses

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Construction of the roller coaster set to open next spring at Kings Island theme park is expected to generate millions of dollars in business for companies in Ohio.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/17PHmgp ) reports the $24 million “Banshee” coaster will use materials produced in the Cincinnati area and by other companies in Ohio.

It’s the largest single investment for the 41-year-old park. The businesses benefiting include a Batavia plant that makes steel skeletons for roller coasters and a crane company with employees in Wilder, Ky.

Kings Island officials say the ride will be the world’s longest inverted steel roller coaster, with more than 4,000 feet of track and multiple inversions. It will reach speeds of up to 68 mph over the two-minute, 40-second ride.

A Swiss firm designed the coaster.

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