*CLOSED TOE SHOES WILL BE REQUIRED ON SOME OF THE FACTORY TOURS.
Day 1: Whether you like watching someone else work or like seeing how products are actually made, this tour is for you. Today we begin by traveling through Kansas and Missouri on our way to quench our curiosity about what goes into the making of some of the different products we use each day. Night in Collinsville, IL.
2: When Jim Bolin saw his hometown of Casey, IL, beginning to die he set out to revive it by building big things to attract people back into the town. Some of the items that have been certified the “world's largest” include a wind chime, rocking chair, mailbox and crochet hook. Today we have a chance to visit the shop where many of these were made and visit with Mr. Bolin or some of his staff about what went into making the large items. Lunch today is included at a restaurant whose yard is adorned by the world's largest pitchfork. Later we travel to Troy, OH, for the night.
3: Many consider the Airstream Travel Trailer the top of the line. This morning we travel to Jackson Center to watch how they craft every piece of the Airstream Travel Trailer. Our tour will include a 3/4 mile walk beginning in the service lobby and taking us throughout the factory. An included box lunch helps us stay on schedule as we travel to Ada to the Wilson Sporting Goods Football Factory where they have been making footballs for the NFL since 1955. In an era of automation it is a rare sight to watch the hand work that goes into making each ball. This afternoon we cross the state of Ohio to Cambridge where we spend the night.
4: We start our day in Cambridge where we tour the Mosser Glass Company to watch as craftsmen make beautiful glassware. From Cambridge we travel to Logan. Following lunch we tour the Columbus Washboard Factory. This factory still uses some tools and machines that date to the 1800's . The washboards are all assembled by hand one at a time. Following our time in Logan we travel to Belvue, KY, a suburb of Cincinnati, OH, for the night.
5: Our first visit today is at the Toyota Manufacturing Plant in Georgetown, KY. This plant assembles more than 2,000 cars each day. Our tour will be on a tram that allows us to view the process from start to finish. The Louisville Slugger bat is probably the best known baseball bat in the world. Following lunch we tour the Louisville Slugger Baseball Factory in downtown Louisville. We watch as a raw block of wood becomes a baseball bat fit for players from beginners all the way up to the major leagues. Later we travel to Mt Vernon, IL, for the night.
6: We travel into Missouri this morning to Boonville. Following lunch we tour Warm Springs Ranch, the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale breeding facility, home to more than 100 Clydesdales. We meet the Clydesdale stallions, mares, foals and geldings as well as see a 1903 Studebaker-built beer wagon and the luxury transport trailer. Night in Kansas City.
7: At Moon Marble in Bonner Springs, KS, there are many displays of old and antique marble games as well as new games that use marbles. The owner of the store also makes marbles and will give us a demonstration and visit with us about the glass working process, marble history and other areas of marble interest. This afternoon we are headed home.
Note: Each of the factory tours require some amount of walking and at times standing in order to get a close look at the manufacturing process.
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