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  •  Most of the wheels that you encounter in the USA (3+ / 0-)
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    were built in the USA.

    The 'gondola' type, with a circular or rectangular 'tub' that usually holds about 4 people, are mostly built by Chance Rides in Wichita.

    (The Chance Giant Wheel, with its distinctive open-air octagonal gondolas, is probably the most popular wheel in the USA and has been for many years.)

    The smaller 'bench seat' type wheels are mostly built by the Eli Bridge Company in Jacksonville, Illinois.

    It used to be that the huge modern gondola wheels with climate-controlled cabins were built in Europe or Japan (by companies like Intamin and Togo, respectively.) But Chance now makes a large, sleek, modern wheel too - the recently-opened wheel in Seattle, for example, is a Chance.

    Now, you will often see wheels in the USA that were built in Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, or Japan.

    But as I said - most wheels in America are American made.

    It is more important to be a confident and articulate speaker than to know jack shit about anything.

    by VictorLaszlo on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 02:33:57 AM PST

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    •  ...and Chinese wheels are actually quite rare in (2+ / 0-)
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      the USA. Or Chinese rides of any kind, for that matter.

      Most rides are from Europe or the USA. (I neglected to mention The Netherlands, home of major ride manufacturer Vekoma.)

      And even the European companies often use American companies for fabrication - for their American installations, of course.

      Japan does have a handful of major ride companies, but Japanese market share in the USA is certainly in the single digits - probably the very low single digits.

      It is more important to be a confident and articulate speaker than to know jack shit about anything.

      by VictorLaszlo on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 02:48:37 AM PST

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    •  Heh - one more: I just noticed the video in the (2+ / 0-)
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      tip jar post. That's a Chance Giant Wheel.

      It is more important to be a confident and articulate speaker than to know jack shit about anything.

      by VictorLaszlo on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 02:55:29 AM PST

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      •  Thank you, VictorL, for that information. (2+ / 0-)
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        How do you know all of that? Do you work in that?

        I'm glad you stopped by and added those great comments.


        Predicting is hard...especially the future. ~ Y. Berra

        by jim in IA on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:12:20 AM PST

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        •  Just some random information that's (0+ / 0-)

          rattling around in my brain. :) Nah, I've always been interested in this kind of stuff.

          Thanks for writing this diary.

          It is more important to be a confident and articulate speaker than to know jack shit about anything.

          by VictorLaszlo on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 01:08:58 PM PST

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