Hybrid coaster specialists Rocky Mountain Construction and Larson International, producer of the Larson Loop amusement park rides, are merging “to create a powerhouse in the amusement industry,” the companies said in a press release Tuesday.
The combined company will be led by RMC president and CEO Darren Torr, while Larson president Jeff Novotny will retire following 30 years with the firm. All other existing management and staff, including Jeff’s son Hunter, will remain with the company. The organization will also continue to operate from the respective RMC and Larson headquarters in Hayden, Idaho and Plainview, Texas.
“I am excited to bring together these two incredible organizations,” Torr said. “Our values are closely aligned, and I look forward to future success by putting out incredible rides, providing a great value, and treating our customers and crew members like family. Additionally, I’m looking forward to being located closer to the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives and supporting their mission.”
Until now, RMC’s portfolio has consisted entirely of roller coasters, most notably conversions of older wooden coasters into wood-and-steel hybrids packed with airtime, steep first drops and inversions. Conversely, Larson produced smaller spinner and track rides for amusement parks, including the aforementioned Larson Loops at several Six Flags parks.
“The acquisition puts RMC and Larson in a very unique position – being able to offer customers anything from attractions designed for toddlers to some of the most highly anticipated coasters on the planet,” Hunter Novotny said in the press release.