After making a 5,000 mile trek down to Port Charlotte, Fla., just outside of Sarasota, the guys of “Good Company” and Darth met up with the team of Galaxy America – the American arm of U.K.-based Galaxy Multi Rides. What started out as a couple very rainy days, turned into quite the filming experience for the crew, thanks to all the fun that’s produced in the factory of the ninth company on the tour.
For anyone who has dared to jump on a mechanical bull or a similar ride at an amusement park, fair or local bar, you’ve probably had an encounter with Galaxy Multi Rides products and not even known it. Simply put, they are the world’s leading manufacturer of mechanical bull multi ride systems. To date, their products have brought success and entertainment to 45 countries spanning across six out of the seven continents.
In an awesome twist from something that started off as just a way to earn extra cash, the road that eventually led to the inception of Galaxy Multi Rides began with an inflatable bounce house rental business. In order to make a little money on the side, founder Robin Whincup, began purchasing bounce houses and renting them out. As his business grew, he began doing the same with mechanical bulls.
As it turns out, it’s a great business to be in. However, due to difficulties with portability and lengthy assembly in the 1980s, Whincup set out to find a solution that would eventually transform the mechanical bull and all of its successors. Over the years, Whincup, along with the help of his family and team, has continued to crank out innovative new products in order to keep Galaxy Multi Rides at the top of their industry.
During initial production, the company was selling about one ride per month, but has now increased to over seven per week. Coming with what may initially seem as a hefty price tag, when business is done right with the ride systems customers can make their money back within three months. From mechanical bulls and surfboards to obstacle course-type rides and various themed attachments, the options now offered by Galaxy Multi Rides seem endless.
“What sets them apart is their ability to pump out a product at such a rapid rate, without ever sacrificing quality,” said director Daniel Maitland. “It also doesn’t hurt that they are an incredibly business savvy family.”
With America being the number one market for mechanical bulls, Galaxy Multi Rides decided to open the Galaxy America factory in Florida in 2008. Now all American machines are made in the U.S. with by Americans with American parts. Manufacturing for the rest of the world continues to be done at the original factory in Harrogate, England.
MultiView and the crew of “Good Company” would like to thank the Galaxy Multi Rides and Galaxy America teams for giving cameras a glimpse into their business. Don’t forget to follow along with the Good Company crew at goodcoshow.com as they continue their road trip around the country as they dive further into the world of unique American businesses.
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