My name is Kerry Rhodes and I am the founder of Ridgebackrails. In the mid-1990's I began servicing pool tables at a local room where I hung out, played league, and tended bar. I was fascinated with pool table design and learned everything I could about what makes a table play well, last long, and remain level.
As my service skills and experience improved, my pool room customers became my best advertising , something that is still true to this day. I began servicing all kinds of tables: priceless antiques, phenomenal heated bed carom tables, lots of furniture tables and hundreds upon hundreds of floating slate coin-ops. This led to the creation of "A Better Billiards Service," a company that is now owned and operated by my protégé Carl (Julio) Rice.
As the company's service area expanded, mostly in the southwestern states of Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and West Texas, I recognized a need for a better coin-op rail. So, working out of a worn our Chevy service van and a two-car garage, I designed and started making rails for the tables I serviced. Pretty soon, inquiries about these rails started coming in. It was time to move to a larger shop, add more equipment, and work longer hours trying to keep up with the demand.
Today, Ridgebackrails are played on around the world. They are recognized as the highest quality replacement coin-op rails available. Many of the design features introduced by Ridgebackrails have been copied by coin-op table manufacturers and other rail manufacturers alike. And now, a new Ridgebackrails chapter has begun with the move of the company 2000 miles east of our New Mexico roots, to Elm City, NC, in a larger building with better power, better lighting, more room to grow, and closer to our suppliers. This has been an exciting challenge for Ridgebackrails and we are now up and running. The new Elm City location is now able to produce more rails with plans to expand in other areas as well.
Thank you for your continued support! After all, it is you, the players and table owners that have made Ridgebackrails the most highly sought-after coin-op rails in the world.