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ome signs are legendary, and the Banshee identity sign for the new roller coaster at Kings Island amusement park in Mason, Ohio lives up to the mythological

creature it was named after. Hardly a harbinger of doom, the Banshee sign actually proved to be a good omen for Exhibit 3 Fabrications, LLC ( of Erlanger, Kentucky.


E3 Fabrications was started in June 2012 by three partners/co-owners who all previously worked in the exhibit display business for over twenty years. Danny McDaniel handles the artistic, painting side; Larry Losekamp does metal fabrication and shop drawings; and David “Dude” Johnson has a woodworking background and runs the business. “We are a full-service, custom fabrication shop. We are with the client from beginning to end,” says Johnson. “Most of our work that we do is built on the solid relationships we have with clients.” One of those solid relationships is with Kings Island, which chose to continue working with the three partners after they

left their previous companies to start E3 Fabrications. Kings Island contacted the shop about the Banshee sign, and E3 Fabrications jumped onboard the project. The Banshee roller coaster features 4,124 feet of scream-worthy track and a maximum speed of 68 miles per hour, making it the world’s longest inverted roller coaster. The Planning and Design Team for Cedar Fair (which owns Kings Island) wanted an identity sign that was just as impressive as the new ride. The Cedar Fair team created a sign design and provided E3 Fabrications with a drawing, a picture of a 3D model, and a document detailing the sign’s layers and sizes.

E3 Fabrications at Kings Island’s Media Day (L to R): Danny McDaniel, David “Dude” Johnson, and Larry Losekamp.

August 2014 // Sign Builder Illustrated


Sign Builder Illustrated August 2014  
Sign Builder Illustrated August 2014  

This issue features stories on identity signage, dimensional signage, HDU, vinyl graphics, window perfs, rebranding, EMCs, LEDs, business ma...