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
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. Read more about the Wilson factory.
Take part in a one-hour walking tour that features a historical display area, the powder paint room, and a testing lab. Read more about the KitchenAid Experience Retail Center.
3. Spangler Candy
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! Learn more about the Spangler Candy Store and Museum.
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! Learn more about the Airstream Factory Tour.
5. American Whistle Corporation
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. Read what others are saying about the American Whistle Corporation tour.