Student Travel | Discovering Industry in Ohio

America has a long history of industrialism. It is a major topic in economics and history classes taught nationwide. Sometimes, however, that's all the subject feels like - history. Industry is still thriving in the United States today, and what better way to showcase that to young students than by immersing them in the actual process. 

Ohio is a state with a very strong industrial legacy. Whether your students are into food, cars, sports, or anything in between, Ohio has the tour for you. Today, we're looking at five great factory tours that showcase modern industry to students.

1. Wilson Football

 Image Source: Baltimore Sun

Image Source: Baltimore Sun

Wilson is the producer of every football ever used in an NFL game since 1941. Learn how these balls are made from only a rubber bladder and cowhide, while getting a glimpse of the history behind this iconic company.

2. Kitchenaid

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Image Source: Joani and David's Travels

Take part in a one-hour walking tour that features a historical display area, the powder paint room, and a testing lab. 

3. Spangler Candy

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Image Source: Fodors

The maker of Dum-Dums, Spangler candy has been keeping things sweet since 1906. Visitors can board a trolley tour of the factory to learn all about the lollipop-making process!

4. Airstream

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Image Source: USA Today

Airstream's widely recognized campers have been produced in Ohio since the 1950s. Visitors can get an up-close look at the fascinating production process!

5. American Whistle Corporation

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Image Source: EduBlogs

Watch a simple sheet of metal transform into a whistle fit for any professional sports referee or police officer while learning about the history of this nifty product.