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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
Baltimore-based Premier Rides said it will design and build the world's tallest and fastest- looping roller coaster at a California theme park. Six Flags Magic Mountain picked the company to construct the coaster next year, Premier said. Called "Full Throttle," the ride will include a 160-foot-tall loop, a "special effects tunnel" and three separate launches from zero to 70 miles per hour. Premier's other projects include what will be the world's largest indoor coaster, to open next year in the Great Mall of China near Beijing.
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By Sloane Brown, For The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
Take 10 is a series of occasional features on prominent local residents and the possessions they treasure. Having - and sharing - adventures is the main theme in the life of Jim Seay, the 53-year-old president and owner of Premier Rides, a Baltimore-based company that makes theme park rides. The items he treasures most reflect that, whether it's one of his many past Super Bowl tickets or the photo commemorating the time he spent floating in zero gravity with famed physicist Stephen Hawking.
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By Sloane Brown, For The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
Take 10 is a series of occasional features on prominent local residents and the possessions they treasure. Having - and sharing - adventures is the main theme in the life of Jim Seay, the 53-year-old president and owner of Premier Rides, a Baltimore-based company that makes theme park rides. The items he treasures most reflect that, whether it's one of his many past Super Bowl tickets or the photo commemorating the time he spent floating in zero gravity with famed physicist Stephen Hawking.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
Baltimore-based Premier Rides said it will design and build the world's tallest and fastest- looping roller coaster at a California theme park. Six Flags Magic Mountain picked the company to construct the coaster next year, Premier said. Called "Full Throttle," the ride will include a 160-foot-tall loop, a "special effects tunnel" and three separate launches from zero to 70 miles per hour. Premier's other projects include what will be the world's largest indoor coaster, to open next year in the Great Mall of China near Beijing.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2012
When it opens next year, the Great Mall of China near Beijing will be the biggest retail and entertainment center in the world, with 15 million square feet of shops, a theme park, a water park — and the world's tallest indoor roller coaster, imported from Baltimore. The still-unnamed "super launch" coaster will be designed and built by Premier Rides, a company that specializes in roller coasters, water rides and other amusement park attractions. The mall's developer, the Berjaya Great Mall of China Co. Ltd., commissioned Premier to work on the project earlier this year after meeting the firm's president, Jim Seay, last June during a Maryland trade mission to China.
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By Samantha Kappalman and Samantha Kappalman,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | November 24, 1997
Ever since the first roller coasters were built in America in the 1920s, they have worked pretty much the same way.After the cars leave the loading platform, they begin a long climb up a wooden tower, pulled by chains, to the ride's highest point. Then comes the big drop.Premier Rides Inc. of Millersville is helping to change that with linear-induction motor (LIM) technology.LIM roller coasters are launched at 55 mph -- or faster -- and often don't hit their highest point until well into the ride on the twisting and looping steel track.
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By Liz Kay and Liz Kay,SUN STAFF | July 20, 2004
Kind strangers have helped Joe Sanderson keep his job. Now they're helping him go to Walt Disney World. The 20-year-old Millersville resident has overcome physical and mental disabilities to become a paid employee at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center. After an article last year in The Sun detailed how budget cuts would eliminate his position, donations poured in from people who were inspired by his good spirits and ingenuity. Now, after learning that Sanderson loves roller coasters, officials at Premier Rides Inc., a Millersville-based theme park designer and manufacturing company, have organized a weeklong trip to Orlando, Fla., with free passes to Disney and Universal Studios theme parks.
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By Liz Kay and Liz Kay,SUN STAFF | July 20, 2004
Kind strangers already have helped Joe Sanderson keep his job. Now they're helping him go to Disney World. The 20-year-old Millersville resident has overcome physical and mental disabilities to become a paid employee at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center. After an article last year in The Sun detailed how budget cuts would eliminate his position, donations poured in from people who were inspired by his good spirits and ingenuity. Now, after learning that Sanderson loves roller coasters, officials at Premier Rides Inc., a Millersville-based theme park designer and manufacturing company, have organized a weeklong trip to Orlando, Fla., with free passes to Disney and Universal Studios theme parks.
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By SLOANE BROWN | May 21, 2006
If there was a slight chill in the air, it ended as soon as you stepped through Center Stage's front door. Inside, at Center Stage's 20th annual gala, the atmosphere was hot, hot, hot. Maybe it had to do with the evening's tropical theme. Perhaps it was the warm welcome from party co-chairs Suzan Garabedian and Elizabeth and Ken Lundeen, and Center Stage managing director Michael Ross. It could have been all the catching up with old friends, like board president Lynn Deering, Ray Mitchener, Brian Comes, Gail Kaplan, Lois Hodes, Marjorie Rodgers, Cheryl and Alonza Williams, Stuart and Suzanne Amos, Curt Decker, Karen Patten, Rose Carpenter, Rhea Feikin, Chuck Nabit, Nanny and Jack Warren, Sylvia and Eddie Brown, Jim Brady, Carole and Neil Goldberg.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | May 6, 1999
Flick Vaaa-ZOOOOOOOOM!Cracklin' coasters, Batman! Those diabolical Gen-X roller coaster designers at Premier Rides Inc. are about to launch a new gut-wrencher at Gotham City, part of the Six Flags America park in Largo!That's right, kids. The new "Joker's Jinx," the Maryland coaster-builder's eighth tower of torment, opens for business Saturday, making the former Adventure World part of the biggest boom year for roller coasters since the Depression.The $10 million ride's hot new linear induction motors will launch coaster fanatics from zero to 60 mph in just over three seconds.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2012
When it opens next year, the Great Mall of China near Beijing will be the biggest retail and entertainment center in the world, with 15 million square feet of shops, a theme park, a water park — and the world's tallest indoor roller coaster, imported from Baltimore. The still-unnamed "super launch" coaster will be designed and built by Premier Rides, a company that specializes in roller coasters, water rides and other amusement park attractions. The mall's developer, the Berjaya Great Mall of China Co. Ltd., commissioned Premier to work on the project earlier this year after meeting the firm's president, Jim Seay, last June during a Maryland trade mission to China.
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By SLOANE BROWN | May 21, 2006
If there was a slight chill in the air, it ended as soon as you stepped through Center Stage's front door. Inside, at Center Stage's 20th annual gala, the atmosphere was hot, hot, hot. Maybe it had to do with the evening's tropical theme. Perhaps it was the warm welcome from party co-chairs Suzan Garabedian and Elizabeth and Ken Lundeen, and Center Stage managing director Michael Ross. It could have been all the catching up with old friends, like board president Lynn Deering, Ray Mitchener, Brian Comes, Gail Kaplan, Lois Hodes, Marjorie Rodgers, Cheryl and Alonza Williams, Stuart and Suzanne Amos, Curt Decker, Karen Patten, Rose Carpenter, Rhea Feikin, Chuck Nabit, Nanny and Jack Warren, Sylvia and Eddie Brown, Jim Brady, Carole and Neil Goldberg.
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By Liz Kay and Liz Kay,SUN STAFF | July 20, 2004
Kind strangers have helped Joe Sanderson keep his job. Now they're helping him go to Walt Disney World. The 20-year-old Millersville resident has overcome physical and mental disabilities to become a paid employee at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center. After an article last year in The Sun detailed how budget cuts would eliminate his position, donations poured in from people who were inspired by his good spirits and ingenuity. Now, after learning that Sanderson loves roller coasters, officials at Premier Rides Inc., a Millersville-based theme park designer and manufacturing company, have organized a weeklong trip to Orlando, Fla., with free passes to Disney and Universal Studios theme parks.
NEWS
By Liz Kay and Liz Kay,SUN STAFF | July 20, 2004
Kind strangers already have helped Joe Sanderson keep his job. Now they're helping him go to Disney World. The 20-year-old Millersville resident has overcome physical and mental disabilities to become a paid employee at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center. After an article last year in The Sun detailed how budget cuts would eliminate his position, donations poured in from people who were inspired by his good spirits and ingenuity. Now, after learning that Sanderson loves roller coasters, officials at Premier Rides Inc., a Millersville-based theme park designer and manufacturing company, have organized a weeklong trip to Orlando, Fla., with free passes to Disney and Universal Studios theme parks.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | May 6, 1999
Flick Vaaa-ZOOOOOOOOM!Cracklin' coasters, Batman! Those diabolical Gen-X roller coaster designers at Premier Rides Inc. are about to launch a new gut-wrencher at Gotham City, part of the Six Flags America park in Largo!That's right, kids. The new "Joker's Jinx," the Maryland coaster-builder's eighth tower of torment, opens for business Saturday, making the former Adventure World part of the biggest boom year for roller coasters since the Depression.The $10 million ride's hot new linear induction motors will launch coaster fanatics from zero to 60 mph in just over three seconds.
BUSINESS
By Samantha Kappalman and Samantha Kappalman,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | November 24, 1997
Ever since the first roller coasters were built in America in the 1920s, they have worked pretty much the same way.After the cars leave the loading platform, they begin a long climb up a wooden tower, pulled by chains, to the ride's highest point. Then comes the big drop.Premier Rides Inc. of Millersville is helping to change that with linear-induction motor (LIM) technology.LIM roller coasters are launched at 55 mph -- or faster -- and often don't hit their highest point until well into the ride on the twisting and looping steel track.
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By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2009
The ReWired for Change launch party at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum marked the official kick-off of a nonprofit started by "The Wire" star Sonja Sohn. The organization's mission is to help at-risk youth learn to make better life choices by using the HBO series itself - which was filmed in Baltimore from 2002 to 2007 - as a learning tool. Sohn - in a ruffly black chiffon cocktail dress and strappy gold high heels - looked the antithesis of her character, Detective Kima Greggs.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,ed.gunts@baltsun.com | October 21, 2009
Baltimore's vintage Inner Harbor Carousel could be replaced by a pirate-themed theater, a miniature golf course, a traveling Ripley's Believe or Not exhibit or a Ferris wheel. It also might give way to a new carousel, with figures shaped like anything from orioles and ravens to exotic fish from the National Aquarium. Those were a few of the ideas presented Tuesday to city officials attempting to decide whether to replace the 1906 Herschell-Spillman hand-carved carousel that has been a fixture on the Inner Harbor shoreline since 1981 but has seen falling ridership.
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