By , February 5, 2013
Eric Wilcox

To all of the GCII enthusiasts out there,

Things are extremely busy here at GCII and there are so many things to talk about.

First, I had the opportunity to visit a company that provides the powder coating for all the steel structural components for White Lightning. The plant manager, Rex, showed me around the facility, explaining the powder coating process that our parts were going through from beginning to end. It was a neat experience to see another step in the process that our parts make before being shipped down to Orlando. The ovens used to cure the parts are extremely hot which is nice in the winter months but brutal in the summer. During my visit, Rex and I talked about how this particular shipment was to be packaged so the parts arrived in pristine condition (things can get shuffled on a large truck/trailer setup).

Back at GCII, more posts, diagonals, and some kickbacks have been cut into length and are awaiting the addition of holes needed for assembly purposes. Every piece must be checked to be sure it is the correct length, square and properly tagged with its appropriate part number. Once all the secondary operations are completed they’ll be sent to the powder coater and then to the job site. If you ever want a good upper body work out, be sure to apply for an internship at GCII! You’ll feel muscles ache you didn’t even know you had!

Chris, Colin and I had the opportunity to go to East Coaster 2013, an ACE event held near Allentown, PA. Representatives from parks such as Dollywood, Knoebels, Cedar Point and others were present to present what they were doing for the 2013 season. Usually this means announcing new rides but it can also be updates to infrastructure around the park. Ride manufacturers such as own Chris Gray and PTC also presented their projects. During the breaks in the presentations, auctions are held and some members bring memorabilia to sell so there is always something going on. It was a great experience for me and I had the pleasure of meeting Pete Owens from Dollywood and Jeffrey Siebert from Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Stay tuned for another blog posting in the near future!

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