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24 Tours in Ohio

Airstream
Jackson Center, OH

If you are ever in Jackson Center, Ohio, you are more than welcome to stop by. We have been making trailers here at our Jackson Center Ohio plant since 1952, however Airstream started manufacturing trailers in the 1930's. Over the years we have followed our founder's vision of design, innovation and quality to maintain our position as the industry leader. Wally Byam once said "let's not make any changes-let's make only improvements." And that's exactly what we have been doing for over 70 years.

Airstream began with a single man and a most singular dream. The man was Wally ...
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American Whistle Corporation
Columbus, OH

American Whistle Corporation is the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the United States... and it makes the loudest whistle in the world - 4 decibels louder than the nearest competitor.

That's why the "American Classic" has been chosen as the official whistle of the Boy Scouts of America and the National Fraternal Order of Police.
Come take our guided tour and see "American Classics" being made. You'll have some fun, see some fascinating machinery, and watch a small manufacturing company operate. Best of all - everyone on the tour goes home with a shiny new "American Classic" chrome finish ...
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Anthony-Thomas Candy Company
Columbus, OH

Four generations of Zanetos candy makers have contributed to the company's success. Today, Anthony-Thomas makes millions of pounds of candy every year. Each piece is made fresh daily, always in the best of taste.

In about an hour, tour groups can experience candy making from start to finish in our 152,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art candy factory. Opened in May 1995, it is conveniently located off I-270 in west Columbus, Ohio.

Walk along our comfortable, glass-enclosed suspended "Cat-Walk" and observe eight lines producing 25,000 pounds of chocolates per shift. Our experienced tour guides explain each process step-by-step, from our kitchens to the ...
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Bluffton Slaw Cutter Company
Bluffton, OH

The Bluffton Slaw Cutter Factory was opened in Bluffton, Ohio in 1915.
Local entrepreneur wanted to manufacture the 'Best Slaw Cutters and
Graters' in the US. Thus the company was started and continues to
operate continuously for the past 93 years. The blades are formed by an
'old world' process of hammering sharp, thus they wear sharp. The
building and equipment are of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The line
shaft is powered by a single antique electric motor. The product has
been distributed by many wholesalers, William Sonoma and most recently ...
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Bunker Hill Cheese
Millersburg, OH

Our Grandfather, John (Hans) Dauwalder, trained as a master cheese-maker in Switzerland, came to the United States in the 1920's to display his artisan talents in an increasing cheese market.

Like other Swiss farmers who made cheese on their farms and wished to emigrate to the United States, the brothers were listed with other individuals ?desiring to come over,? and were sought after in the American cheese-making market.

The Dauwalder brothers made their way to the Doughty Valley near Berlin. During World War II John returned to his native country to serve it and to provide shelter to refugees ...
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Columbus Washboard Company
Logan, OH

The Columbus Washboard Company is proud to be the last remaining Manufacturer of genuine Washboards in the USA. Our company was founded in 1895 in Columbus and remained in the Grandview area until it was purchased by an investment group in Logan in 1999. The complete factory was moved to the old shoe factory in Logan just 50 miles south east of Columbus, in June of 1999.

We welcome tourists to our factory daily for an informal 30 minute tour. We still have in our facility all of the old machinery and presses that have produced our washboards for ...
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Coopers Cider Mill, Apple Butter, & Jelly Factory
Bucyrus, OH

Take time to go into our screened-in porch to watch the apple butter bubbling in open 50 gallon copper kettles over a wood fire. You may observe, first hand, the delicious ripe fruits cooking into our irresistible products. We cook in small batches and use home-canning jars. Beautifully built , this 1912 42-inch rack and cloth cider mill is a fascinating machine. This is one of the largest cider presses in the state of Ohio and is capable of pressing 450 gallons per hour. The pump that runs the press is dated 1867. We no longer run this press on ...
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Crystal Traditions of Tiffin
Tiffin, OH

Guests can tour the manufacturing facility at Crystal Traditions, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. They can watch the art of glass blowing while our glass blower creates a special design as he describes the techniques he uses to transform the gather of molten glass into a work of art. They can also see a glass cutter take pride and satisfaction in hand cutting crystal into museum quality work.

Customers can browse through the showroom containing the artisans work, plus crystal giftware from other corners of the world. The outlet has seconds, closeouts, discontinued pieces and lower ...
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Graeter?s Manufacturing Company
Columbus, OH

Since its founding in 1870 by Louis C. Graeter, Graeter's French Pot
Ice Cream, handmade chocolate confections and fresh baked goods
have become traditions in the Queen City. Today the Graeter family
still faithfully uses his century old recipes and methods of production.

Graeter?s has perfected our traditional French Pot process, making the world?s finest ice cream just two gallons at a time. It?s the only way to achieve the irresistible creaminess that is Graeter?s.


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Guggisberg Cheese Factory
Charm, OH

Cheese-making is an old-world art form, practiced in Amish country and kept alive by generations of family practitioners whose ancestors brought the tasteful tradition with them from the snow-covered mountains of Switzerland to the misty valleys of Ohio.

Each family group, carrying with it a unique way of working through a similar process, makes a product that bears its own special brand of taste and originality.

Alfred and Margaret Guggisberg emigrated in 1947 from Berne, Switzerland, to Millersburg, Ohio. Alfred had studied cheese-making not only in Europe but also in Africa.

Although he originally targeted Austria as the ...
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Harry London Chocolates
North Canton, OH

At the turn of the century, fine confections were associated with the delicate hand-craftsmanship of the Swiss, or the rich, smooth cream and butter used by the Belgians. In Canton, Ohio, unknown to the existing masters of chocolate, Gilbert London was teaching his son Harry the fine art of confections by using recipes and techniques from the family?s strong European traditions.

Harry London learned over time and through the eloquent teachings of his father the true art of making fine confections. He found that in a world where more always seemed to be the norm in creating anything of ...
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KitchenAid
Greenville, OH

At one time it took four days to build a stand mixer. Today a talented work force produces hundreds of mixers every day. Take a guided tour of the KitchenAid® mixer factory and walk through the entire manufacturing process. Then, peek over the shoulder of an assembler as the stand mixer moves into the final assembly stage. The tour will leave you with a new appreciation for the way KitchenAid products are made.


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Krema Nut Company
Columbus, OH

Established in 1898, Krema has been satisfying the discriminating tastes of nut lovers for over 100 years. Our commitment to old fashion values keeps them coming back for more.

Our master roaster has been with Krema for over 25 years. Under his watchful eye, Krema nuts are gently roasted in small batches by hand. It is this time-honored tradition that gives Krema nuts their incredible, distinctive flavor.

The Krema Nut Company is located in Columbus, Ohio and is one of the oldest peanut butter makers still manufacturing in the United States today! Our creamy and crunchy peanut butter ...
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Mosser Glass, Inc.
Cambridge, OH

Mosser Glass, of Cambridge, Ohio, is owned and operated by Thomas Mosser and his son, Tim Mosser.

As a teenager, Tom learned his trade while working at The Cambridge Glass Company and from his father, Orie Mosser, who was plant manager. After the closing of The Cambridge Glass Company in 1954, Tom started to put together his dreams and skills. He acquired several moulds from The Cambridge Glass Company, such as salt dips, and toothpicks.

From that, he started producing glassware in his own factory in 1959. Since then, he has added many of his original designs. Tom's ...
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P. Graham Dunn
Dalton, OH

P. Graham Dunn is a family owned and operated business that opened its doors in 1976. However the series of events that lead to this business began much earlier. It?s difficult to pick a time or place to begin, but we will try to do just that. The time is the 1940?s and the place is a politically unstable China.

Peter Dunn?s parents, Marvin and Miriam Dunn, dedicated nearly their entire lives to work in China serving China Inland Missions, a mission founded by Hudson Taylor. Each began serving independently, and it was in China that they met and were ...
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Schwebel Baking Company (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)
Cuyahoga Falls, OH

It began in 1906, in a small kitchen in Campbell, Ohio.

The morning air was crisp, and Dora and Joseph Schwebel were working together to mix, knead and bake the family's famous bread. Known for its outstanding taste, unmatched freshness and superior quality, the bread was carefully baked each day, and delivered ? still warm from the oven ? in wicker laundry baskets to a growing number of customers residing in and around neighboring Youngstown, Ohio.

Building A Business On The Finest Bread

In just a few short years, the reputation of Schwebel's bread spread far and ...
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Schwebel Baking Company (Solon, OH)
Solon, OH

It began in 1906, in a small kitchen in Campbell, Ohio.

The morning air was crisp, and Dora and Joseph Schwebel were working together to mix, knead and bake the family's famous bread. Known for its outstanding taste, unmatched freshness and superior quality, the bread was carefully baked each day, and delivered ? still warm from the oven ? in wicker laundry baskets to a growing number of customers residing in and around neighboring Youngstown, Ohio.

Building A Business On The Finest Bread

In just a few short years, the reputation of Schwebel's bread spread far and ...
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Schwebel Baking Company (Youngstown, OH)
Youngstown, OH

It began in 1906, in a small kitchen in Campbell, Ohio.

The morning air was crisp, and Dora and Joseph Schwebel were working together to mix, knead and bake the family's famous bread. Known for its outstanding taste, unmatched freshness and superior quality, the bread was carefully baked each day, and delivered ? still warm from the oven ? in wicker laundry baskets to a growing number of customers residing in and around neighboring Youngstown, Ohio.

Building A Business On The Finest Bread

In just a few short years, the reputation of Schwebel's bread spread far and ...
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Spangler Candy Company
Bryan, OH

Spangler Candy History:

1906 Spangler Candy Company begins on August 20, 1906, when Arthur G. Spangler purchases the Gold Leaf Baking Company of Defiance, Ohio for $450 and moves it to 204 W. High Street in Bryan, Ohio. The new company is named Spangler Manufacturing Company, and produces baking soda, baking powder, corn starch, laundry starch, spices, and flavorings.

1908 Arthur's brother Ernest Spangler joins the company and suggests adding candy to the line. Candy would sell quickly.

1910 By 1910, the business outgrows its first location. Larger quarters are found at 205 S. Main Street in Bryan, ...
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The Hall China Company
East Liverpool, OH

The Hall China Company, the largest manufacturer of specialty chinaware, has added the most advanced manufacturing technology. Through our Super Express Service? Catalog, we offer more than 730 of our most popular chinaware shapes and sizes, with even more color options, all in packed stock and ready for immediate shipment - overnight if needed.


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The Longaberger Company
Frazeysburg, OH

Some 29 years after Dave Longaberger founded The Longaberger Company with five weavers, the Company reflects our early roots and family tradition of handmade artisanship. When a customer purchases a Longaberger basket, they also are sharing in the Longaberger story and family tradition. The Company?s mission statement ? ?To Stimulate A Better Quality Of Life? ? reflects Longaberger?s commitment to the Company?s founding philosophy that people are the key to our success. We are a family-owned Company with a family-friendly environment.

The Longaberger History
In 1896, when the Longaberger family moved to Dresden, Ohio, the tiny village still enjoyed ...
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The Longaberger Company
Newark, OH

Some 30 years after Dave Longaberger founded The Longaberger Company with five basketmakers, the company reflects our early roots and family tradition of handmade artisanship. When you purchase a Longaberger basket, you are sharing in the Longaberger story and family tradition. The Company?s mission statement ? ?To Stimulate A Better Quality Of Life? ? reflects Longaberger?s commitment to the company?s founding philosophy that people are the key to our success. We are a family-owned company with a family-friendly environment.

The Longaberger History
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In 1896, when the Longaberger family moved to Dresden, Ohio, the tiny village still enjoyed prosperity ...
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Velvet Ice Cream Company
Utica, OH

Under the leadership of Joe and Mike Dager Velvet Ice Cream has come a long way from the old Velvet Ice Cream store. Now known as "Ohio's Ice Cream Capital", Velvet distributes its product to Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and West Virginia. In addition, Velvet is the preferred distributor of Nestlé's brand, Good Humor brand, Häagen Daz, Ben and Jerry's, and other national brand novelty treats.

Family owned and operated since 1914, this fourth generation of Dagers has helped to bring the once hand-cranked ice cream operation into the 21st century.

Velvet's new Visitor Center opened in May ...
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Warther Cutlery
Dover, OH

Today, second, third and fourth generation family members have expanded their Swiss chalet-style museum into an amazing state-of-the-art facility. It showcases the 64 ebony, ivory and walnut train carvings created by Ernest ?Mooney? Warther, a one-of-a-kind collection that has been appraised by the Smithsonian Institution as a ?priceless work of art.? The original workshop, built in 1912 is still used by family members. Mooney?s son, David and grandson, Mark may be seen at times carving in the workshop or creating wooden pliers for visitors. This old shop is adorned with over 5,000 arrowheads. In the summer months, stroll through the ...
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