1961, Chance Manufacturing Co. was incorporated by Harold
Chance. It was the beginning of a family tradition of building
amusement rides and attractions.
Chance Manufacturing Co. began
with the production of the C.P. Huntington Train and expanded
to include various trailer
mounted rides such as the Trabant and the Zipper. In 1970,
Chance purchased the assets of the Allen Herschel Company
which at that time was the largest manufacturer of amusement
rides in North America. This acquisition expanded the product
line to include carrousels. Later, in 1977, Minibus was acquired
by Chance for the ability to produce small metro transit
buses and streetcars.
Dick Chance, Harold’s son, founded Chance Industries,
Inc in 1985 as a holding company for three subsidiaries,
including Chance Rides, Chance Coach and Chance Operations.
The company purchased the assets of Chance Manufacturing
Co. and grew to 425,000 sq. ft. on 40 acres with nearly 400
employees. In 1998, Chance Industries sold the Coach subsidiary
retaining the Tramstar product line.
Michael Chance, Dick’s son, purchased the assets of
D.H. Morgan Manufacturing, Inc., a roller coaster design
and manufacturing firm, in 2001 and formed Chance Morgan,
Inc. Chance Rides Manufacturing, Inc., the third generation
of manufacturing companies to be owned by the Chance family,
was formed later that year to produce the rides sold by Chance
Throughout the last decade, Chance has fully consolidated
the Morgan Manufacturing operation into to its Wichita, Kan.
headquarters. Chance will continue to offer rides from the
Morgan product line, as well as provide spare parts and technical
services for all Morgan rides. The company ownership remains
within the Chance family.
In celebration of the milestone 50th year in 2011, Chance reintroduced the Chance Rides brand in all its company
Click on the video link below to learn more about the Chance Family Business.