The Classic Blockader Story
In the early 1970s, the Blockader trade name started to gain attention with a redesigned and innovative style of steel barricade that was first introduced at major public sites in California.
More than 30 years after its debut at SeaWorld, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and the Orange County Fairgrounds, the Classic Blockader crowd control barrier stands as the longest continuously available style of crowd control barrier in the U.S.
During this time span, the competitive environment in the crowd control equipment market has undergone radical shifts approximately every ten years. Most of the companies selling steel barricades today did not exist ten years ago. But one thing remains constant – new entrants to the field all model (or sometimes copy outright) their product’s design and accessories after the pioneering Blockader style.
Blockader established a successful and recognizable brand name because it set a new standard for the design and fabrication of steel barricades. The Blockader model introduced in the 1970s improved upon the original French patent for the product by featuring a few instantly-popular upgrades.
Bolt-on replaceable bases
Bases were traditionally (and still remain) the weakest link of a barrier – the first part to break. Before this Blockader innovation, a site with a broken barrier base had two options – re-weld the base to the barrier, or throw the barrier away. (Most sites chose the latter option).
The introduction of replaceable bases revolutionized the purchasing of steel barricades, as customers could now replace the base, rather than the entire barrier.
Modified construction of the barrier frame
Before the classic Blockader, most steel barricades featured the uprights that were spot-welded into the frame.
The barrier was thus also susceptible to breakage at those spot-weld points.
The Blockader barrier featured the vertical bars inserted into the frame before welding, rendering breakage a near non-issue.
Again improving upon the French patent, in order to meet the demands for more barrier line stability in the U.S., Blockader steel barricades featured a stronger interlocking mechanism at both the male and female parts of each barrier.