Over the past quarter century, Great Coasters International, Inc. (GCII) has created 29 wooden roller coasters. In all instances, these were highly marketable attractions. But in many cases, they stand as a park’s most signature ride.
In December of 1994, GCII officially began, and in that winter of 1995, work began in earnest on the company’s first project. One constant from its two founding partners to its staff today is passion. It’s not just hard work, but the love of what the company does.
GCII President Clair Hain Jr. founded the company with coaster designer Mike Boodley. Boodley was a coaster enthusiast from a young age, and his zeal would lead him to the right people in the industry. His formative years had him doing work at Philadelphia Toboggan Company where he absorbed everything like a sponge, particularly from legendary designer John Allen when he would visit PTC in his retirement.