Maintaining a business relationship for over 40 years is difficult and Reading Rock has faced many competitors from project to project during that time. When construction began on the original park, Kings Island needed to find a sturdy product to provide support for its large rides and attractions. Durability was not the only thing Kings Island needed; eye-catching designs and imaginative aesthetics are integral to the amusement park atmosphere and attracting guests. Most importantly, Kings Island needed someone they could trust year after year to deliver creative, customized, and continuously improved products.
This great partnership with Kings Island has been maintained due to customer service, practicality, and durability. Kings Island needed a flexible and structurally strong product, which Reading Rock did not have at the time, so one was made. Paverlock interlocking concrete pavers was introduced by Reading Rock to fulfill the needs of Kings Island, and is now an incredibly popular product for residential and commercial use.
Reading Rock’s color blends and mixtures have been a major part of the park. A black and white checkered paver was designed for Days of Thunder in 1999, and the diamondback color was introduced in 2009 for the nationally acclaimed Diamondback roller coaster.
Just like Kings Island has some of the fastest rides in the country, Reading Rock has one of the fastest turn times in the country. A large in-house inventory and three large production machines allow materials to quickly be delivered to the job site. This is critical for Kings Island because it reduces building time, and gives the park’s three million annual visitors time to enjoy a construction-free amusement park.
Kings Island and Reading Rock have been together through the construction of 80 new rides and numerous record-breaking roller coasters. Due to the mid-price advantage offered by Reading Rock, costs have been up to a third less than what the competition has been able to offer. Both companies look forward to working with each other to deliver Cincinnati and visitors excitement for years to come.