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Old 11-14-2014, 09:43 AM   #1
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Factory Tours

I find manufacturing processes fascinating. As I travel around the country, I like to visit factories and shops and see how things are made. Unfortunately, finding companies that offer tours to the general public is sometimes not well publicized. So I thought it would be neat to have a list of places to visit when in any given area. These could be large factories or little mom and pop shops, aircraft manufactures or cheese makers. I'm particularly interested in woodworking shops.

Obviously, the first on the list has to be the Airstream factory in Jackson Center. Another factory that is high on my list is the Boeing factory in Everett Washington.

What other factories or shops should we keep in mind around the country?
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Several years ago SuEllyn and I toured the GM Truck Plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. It was a very interesting tour. It is where we first learned of the JIT (just in time) system of manufacturing plant operation. Who would have thought that a massive automotive manufacturing plant would have no on-site parts storage.

We also enjoyed seeing the robot riveters. A number of these guys had faces painted on them and would stop and wave at the visitors.

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I enjoy factory tours, too. I like watching factory tours on television.
Even plant tours of the Coca-Cola bottling plant when I was a kid were exciting.
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I have toured some factories unintentionally because of my work. I work for a company that changes HVAC filters. I have even been in a "hair jelly" (Brill Cream, Dapper Dan, Fop) factory in Olive Branch, MS. I have been in factories that make clothing, fork lifts, a/c units, paper, you name it-
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There is a potato chip factory off of Interstate 81 at Winchester, VA!
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Awesome! This is exactly the kind of info I was hoping for.
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Do they give free samples?
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An ice cream factory would be the best!
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An ice cream factory would be the best!
Not a distillery?
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I guess it would be cool to tour the Jack Daniels factory, but I don't drink-
You could tour the Corvette plant and the Jack Daniel's distillery on the same day.
I do, however, love ice cream and wish I could eat it everyday, especially Blue Bell, Hagen Daaz, and Ben & Jerry's. I know there is a Ben & Jerry's factory tour-
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Coors Brewery Golden Co. and they give samples
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I toured the Coors brewery in Golden Colorado and the Budweiser brewery in Ft. Collins Colorado several years back. They both offer samples at the end. I really don't drink much, so I think I had a Coke.

Both were excellent tours. Some of the Clydesdale's were at the Bud plant. They were fun to see.
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