Appalachian Brewing Company

Harrisburg, PA

40.265498, -76.875198

Appalachian Brewing Company (ABC) is a unique large-capacity microbrewery and full-service brewpub.

We hand-craft our fine lagers and ales in small batches and nurture them to perfection.

Please stop by and visit our really cool brewery!
ABC is currently distributing its craft-brewed beers to restaurants and taverns in central Pennsylvania and the greater Baltimore, MD area. A complete list can be found at Distribution. Plans include expansion into the central Mid-Atlantic region. We plan to stay as local as possible in order to best serve our customers.

Asher's Chocolates

Souderton, PA

40.273479, -75.336318

Asher's Chocolates has been making fine chocolates and candy confections since 1892. This is the oldest family owned and operated candy manufacturer in the United States.

Come watch your favorite chocolate treats being made right before your eyes! Self-guided multimedia tours of our new state-of-the-art facility are open to the public and are fun for all ages. The tours are free and access is available for our physically challenged visitors. Groups of 10 or more, please phone (215) 721-3276 to arrange your visit.

After your tour, step back in time and stroll down the street in our old-fashioned Victorian candy store.

Boyer Candy

Altoona, PA

40.510126, -78.403727

Boyer Candy was founded in 1936 by brothers Bill and Bob Boyer. In the late 1940's Boyer became famous for their Mallo Cups, a chocolate candy filled with whipped marshmallow crème. As the candy grew in popularity they introduced the "play money", which is still available today. Coins range between 5 cents and 50 cents and can be redeemed for prizes or money.
Other than the Mallo Cup, Boyer is famous for their Smoothies, Peanut Butter Cup, dark Chocolate Mallo Cup & Triple Twist Pretzels. We also have sugar free candy.
The outlet offers 30% - 70% discounts on items. They also sell Logo merchandise, baking ingredients, unique gifts & seasonal items, custom gift baskets & tins and retro candy favorites by the pound.
Need to do a fundraiser, check us out.

Boyer Candy Company

Altoona, PA


Virtual Tours of all Chocolate lines .See the process from depositing to packaging.Outlet store with 50-70% off retail prices.imperfects -Gift Baskets for all occasions-logo merchandise

Bube's Brewery

Mount Joy, PA

40.11091, -76.498629

This 19th century brewery complex with catacombs four stories underground includes three restaurants, brewery, beergarden, museum, art gallery, store, live music, medieval feasts and martini bar in original Victorian hotel barroom.


Brookville, PA

41.1442666, -78.9610705

BWP Bats is located in the heartland of Pennsylvania, which is known as the hardwood capital of the world. Only the finest hardwood trees are processed into bats.

BWP Bats is a truly unique wooden bat manufacturer. Our location, state of the art manufacturing processes, and strict attention to detail enables us to provide the highest quality of bats available to the marketplace.

Our capacities speak for themselves; up to 1500 bats per week can be processed at our facilities. This allows us to offer quick lead times and is followed with dependable delivery.

BWP Bats manufactures wooden bats for professionals, adults & youths.

Byers' Choice Christmas Gallery

Chalfont, PA

40.271022, -75.237068

A special treat for Caroler enthusiasts is a trip to the Byers' Choice Christmas Gallery, which reopened in September 2000 with expanded displays and attractions. Here you can meander through festive Christmas displays inhabited by hundreds of Carolers and Kindles. You can also watch our artisans handcrafting your favorite figurines from the observation deck, or shop in the Gift Emporium which offers the widest variety of Byers' Choice products anywhere. A special figurine, available for purchase only at the Emporium, is offered as a token of thanks to our visitors.

Callie's Candy Kitchen and Pretzel Factory

Mountainhome, PA

41.17912, -75.26938

Candy store and Pretzel Factory are two different locations. See Soft & Hard Pretzels and Gourmet Flavored Popcorn made.

Columbia Northwest Inc.

Mt Pleasant, PA

40.195493, -79.488429

Columbia Northwest Inc., is the manufacturer of the original solid wall, folding camper, proudly celebrating 25 years.

The company got its start in the early 1970?s when Ralph Tait, a serial entrepreneur, began making a uniquely designed pop-up camper. He built the original Aliners for friends until the early 1980's, when Ralph?s three sons helped their father grow the hobby into a business.

25 years later, Aliner is still among the lightest, most aerodynamic and fuel efficient recreational vehicles sold worldwide. Their products can be found in the United States, Canada, Australia, Iceland, Japan, Netherlands, and any other place their active owners may take them.

Cornwall Iron Furnace

Cornwall, PA

40.270959, -76.407073

An iron industry emerged from the abundant mineral deposits like those found at Lebanon County's Cornwall Iron Furnace, a completely preserved mid-19th-century iron making complex that cast cannon barrels used in the American Revolution.

The furnace was in operation from 1742 to 1883 and produced a variety of materials and goods, including cannon barrels used by the Continental Army in the American Revolution. So vast was the complex that it became an entity almost to itself: all the raw ingredients necessary for the smelting process were found on the plantation, and artisan shops, stores, schools, churches and village housing sprung up within the complex and around the perimeter.

Cornwall Furnace is indeed a unique survivor of the early American iron industry. Originally built by Peter Grubb in 1742, the furnace underwent extensive renovations in 1856-57 under its subsequent owners, the Coleman family, and closed in 1883. It is this mid-19th century iron making complex which survives today. At Cornwall, furnace, blast equipment, and related buildings still stand as they did over a century ago. Here visitors can explore the rambling Gothic Revival buildings where cannons, stoves, and pig iron were cast, and where men labored day and night to satisfy the furnace?s appetite for charcoal, limestone, and iron ore.

Cornwall Iron Furnace is an extraordinary example of the furnaces that dotted the Pennsylvania countryside in the 18th and 19th centuries, but it is now the only surviving intact site of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and stands as a testament to the great iron industry that once flourished in this region.

Guided tours through this National Historic Landmark will explain the history of this unique site and discuss the iron manufacturing process. Special events and lectures are often on offer as well ? check the current calendar on the furnace?s official web site.

Cunningham Piano Company

Philadelphia, PA

40.033715, -75.171313

Tour one of the largest and oldest piano restoration factories in existence and watch as musical treasures are brought back to life. Patrick J. Cunningham founded Cunningham Piano Company and Factory in 1891. His leadership, commitment to quality, and a great business sense made Cunningham Piano Company one of Philadelphia's most respected piano makers.

Family Heir-Loom Weavers

Red Lion, PA

39.87953, -76.624403

Our four reproduced coverlets are woven in two halves and hand seamed together just as they were in 1800's.. We offer full, queen, and king sizes and most are available in your choice of the ever popular bird and bush, eagle, house, or railroad patterns. Our coverlets are direct copies of local weavers from long ago. Two unique features of these Jacquard coverlets is the ability to personalize the corner block with a customer's name, anniversary date, birth date, etc...and the ability to use either side.

Gardners Candies

Tyrone, PA

40.68933, -78.236359

Gardners Candies was founded in 1897 by a sixteen-year-old boy named James "Pike" Gardner in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. The young entrepreneur operated out of a small store in downtown Tyrone. Pike later added a horse-drawn wagon so that he could transport and sell candy, popcorn and peanuts at local fairs and carnivals.

Gardners Candies grew over the years by expanding its product line to satisfy customer needs. Our stellar reputation is built upon quality products at affordable prices and a committment to customer satisfaction.

Today, Gardners Candies has 15 retail stores in Pennsylvania. Gardners Candies Stores are beautifully decorated with taste-tempting candies that some have described as "simply out of this world."

Gardners creates candy-filled trays, baskets and collector tins decorated and wrapped for elegant presentation. As a special service to our customers, we will mail anywhere, and gift-wrapping is free.

Gardners is famous for the Original Peanut Butter Meltaway, a creamy, smooth peanut butter dipped in rich chocolate. Many have tried, but none can duplicate the Gardner's family recipe.

Gardners Candies is over 100 years old and credits its success to Pike's philosophy of giving customers rich quality products and great service, and striving to make the best even better. We take pride in celebrating over a century of providing pleasure, quality and happy experiences for candy lovers the world over.

George's Woodcrafts

Marietta, PA

40.078437, -76.609386

Here on our farm in western Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, we still make furniture the traditional way...with our hands. Crafted out of solid Walnut, Oak or Cherry, you can select from our standard designs, or bring your sketchbook, and we will custom-tailor your piece just for you! We design, build and even deliver your piece right to your door!

Everything we make is solid wood, including neglected areas like drawer bottoms and cabinet backs. Our furniture, from dining room tables to complete office suites is durable, water resistant, and covered with a satin catalysed conversion finish that resists damage and staining. Our furniture is built to last...not just for several years, but for several generations!

Our master craftsmen take pride in their work...each piece is dated and autographed by the craftsman who made it. You can come and watch our people construct furniture in the woodshop, tour the wood curing facility and learn the difference proper handling and treatment of wood will make in your furniture, and visit George's unique museum.

George can build furniture for every room in your home or office -- including tables, chairs, hutches, entertainment centers, curio cabinets, corner cupboards, dry sinks, credenzas, bookcases, display cases, gun cabinets, executive desks, end tables, deacon's benches, settees, bedroom furniture -- you name it, we can build it!

Then there is our Rocking Chair...once you come out and sit in one, you just might set your current recliner out at the curb for pickup! Our Rocking Chair will not tip over, and will actually recline! And the chair is designed to match your frame, built by hand by our craftsmen, and delivered right to your door.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (York, PA)

York, PA

39.984022, -76.718718

Established as an assembly facility in 1973, Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations in York, PA. is the largest Harley-Davidson manufacturing facility. The York facility covers more than 230 acres and has over 1.5 million square feet under roof.

Employees assemble the Touring and Softail® models, as well as limited production, factory-custom motorcycles. They perform a variety of manufacturing operations ? from machining, polishing and chrome plating, to forming, welding and painting.

At the Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center, you'll explore exhibits that detail the plant's history, and guide you through the manufacturing and assembly processes. You'll also have the chance to sit on current production motorcycles and visit the gift shop for tour-related souvenirs. The Kids' Rally, a specially designed area for visitors under the age of 12, makes the York facility an ideal family destination.
Your journey begins with an introductory movie and continues on the factory floor where you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the people, processes and products of York Vehicle Operations. You'll be guided through various manufacturing and assembly areas, watch as parts are manufactured and see freshly painted and chrome plated parts. Then it's on to the end of the line, where every motorcycle is roll-tested prior to crating and shipping.

Over the years, thousands of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts have made the journey to York, Pennsylvania to witness passion forged in steel.

Herr's Foods

Nottingham, PA

39.7497, -76.021969

At the Herr's Visitor Center you'll enjoy a fun-filled morning or afternoon of educational tidbits, technological wizardry, and tasty little morsels you're sure to savor for years to come. You'll learn why one of the keys to a great chipping potato is its specific gravity. You'll see our cheese curls actually enjoy a lot of hot air. You'll enjoy the complicated process and delicious outcome which makes these two tasty tortilla chips well-seasoned hombres. Before your tour is finished, you'll know why a pretzel without a good hydroxide bath would be a lot less crispy and not so brown.

Hershey's Chocolate World

Hershey, PA

40.288080, -76.661059

Experience the free chocolate-making tour that includes a free sample. Visit the gift shops, food court and full-service restaurant.

Visitors can learn the fascinating process of chocolate-making on CHOCOLATE WORLD®'s simulated factory tour ride. First, guests walk through a tropical jungle where cocoa beans are harvested, then they follow the cocoa bean's journey to a boat dock where beans are loaded onto ships headed for America. From there, visitors climb aboard the tour ride and enter the simulated factory tour. Tours are available continuously throughout the day. Guests receive a free sample of a HERSHEY®'S product at the end of the tour.

Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.

Perkasie, PA

40.373975, -75.29053

Multi-String Electric Bass Pioneer Ken Smith has developed or introduced many of the innovations used on today?s basses which are now industry standards. Some of these include Printed Circuit Board Electronics, Graphite Inlaid Neck, Detented Balance and EQ controls, Low ?B? Design .128 and .130, and Taper Core Bass Strings. Ken Smith hand picks the wood for every bass from our in-house lumberyard, which features over 20 species of aged tonewoods. Visitors to the factory are awestruck by what is probably the largest collection and variety of acclimated musical-grade woods in the world. Inspired by the techniques of 16th - 19th Century European stringed instrument makers, Smith Basses are a marriage of Old World Tradition and Modern Innovation. Ken Smith supervises the production of each bass and still does the final set-up.

Kreider Farms

Manheim, PA

40.133965, -76.377392

Three generations have operated Manheim's Kreider Farms, which offers a 90-minute, high-tech view of farming including a drive down the middle of our Titanic-sized loafing barn, otherwise known as the cow palace and a bird's eye view of the milking merry-go-round. Filled with facts and humor, we please groups of all ages. In fact, our farm tour program will host over 500 busses and cars totaling over 20,000 visitors this year alone.

The tour starts at the Country Inn & Suites Hotel at Kreider Farm on Rt. 72 in Manheim. The Country Inn & Suites would be happy to discuss hosting your family or group for an over night stay as well.

Take the Kreider Farms Tour and see how old-fashioned dedication to quality milk products harnessed with state-of-the-art technology produces an unbeatable team.

All are Welcome
Whether your group is a small family party, van load of senior citizens, field trip of students or motor coach of tourists, we can accommodate any size group.

Martin Guitar Company

Nazareth, PA

40.753628, -75.306041

The C.F. Martin Company factory tour is a memorable experience for families and business travelers. We take great pride in the guitars and strings we produce. In fact, we're so proud that we open our doors every weekday for a tour at 11 am. It's the best way we know to show our deep commitment to building premium guitars and strings. From the moment you walk into our factory, you'll get a fascinating view of how our world-renowned acoustic guitars and strings are made, and see the innovation and artistry that have shaped the Martin legend throughout its rich history.

Martin's Potato Chips

Thomasville, PA

39.924682, -76.871837

Central Pennsylvania is considered by many to be the Snack Capital of the World. Enjoying the benefit of the rich loamy soil, farmers had to find ways to use their excess crops. From the farm kitchen of Harry and Fairy Martin in 1941, a unique potato chip found its way into the homes and hearts of York Countians. Their Business soon outgrew the kitchen. The Martin's built a small factory and expanded their distribution from delivering fresh daily to market stands, to also selling to mom and pop grocery stores.

In 1971 Martin's Potato Chips was sold to Ken and Sandy Potter. The Potter's had a dream of expanding the business outside the York area. By 1977 the delivery routes had increased from one to six, covering York, Lancaster, Dauphin and Adams county. As Martin's grew through the eighties and nineties, the combination of quality products and superior service proved to be successful. Martin's now has distribution facilities in Reading, Allentown, Philadelphia, Williamsport and Hagerstown, MD to insure products are delivered fresh daily.

Using only the best chipping potatoes and maintaining high quality oils for frying are just two of the many factors that make Martin's Potato Chips taste so great. Having a dedicated and motivated workforce has been the most important ingredient for our success over the years.

Today Martin's operates over 70 routes throughout central PA and Northern MD, with distributors in Virginia and Ohio. All potato chips and popcorn are made in our 40,000 Sq. ft Thomasville facility which produces over one million bags each month. Other products we distribute include Wege pretzels and a full line of corn products that are made locally for Martin's.

Naylor Wine Cellars

Stewartstown, PA

39.786097, -76.601215

Visit our vineyards and see how our vine reaches perfection.

New Holland North America

New Holland, PA

40.095405, -76.098921

Visit the New Holland North America plant in New Holland, PA and watch hay balers being made.

Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate

Bainbridge, PA

40.090114, -76.650452

Nissley Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They?ve been growing grapes and producing Nissley wines for over 25 years.

Just down a country lane bordered by tended vines and sun-dappled meadows, is a stone-arch winery set near an 18th-century mill and a winding creek. Nissley Vineyards, and its companion Winery Estate is located on 300 acres within the fertile Lancaster Valley viticultural area of western Lancaster County - an area renowned for its rich, well-drained limestone-based soils.

The operating winery was built by J. Richard Nissley to reflect the estate's 18th-century heritage. It is airy and bright while retaining a rustic character. The stainless steel tanks, filters and bottling line are complemented by a large stone fireplace.

On 50 acres of carefully tended vines, they grow 14 varieties of grapes. If you visit early in June, you will catch the luscious fragrance of the grape blossoms, with the tender young grape leaves unfurling. Through the spring and summer, the vineyard staff is busy tying the expanding vines onto their arbors and removing unneeded clusters. With Mother Nature's cooperation, the first plump juicy grapes are ready for harvest by mid-August. The juice that ultimately becomes Nissley estate-bottled wine is pressed from grapes brought into the winery fresh from the vineyards.

Their wines have won numerous awards over the past ten years in state & international competitions. Whenever you visit, wine sampling follows each tour, with home-made grape juice for visitors under age 21, who must be accompanied by their parents on tour.

Perrydell Dairy Farm

York, PA

39.911626, -76.719763

We are a 3rd generation family dairy farm. We have been bottling our own farm fresh milk since 1963. Vistors are welcome to come tour our farm and processing plant. We offer hand dipped ice cream and fresh produce. Daily lunch specials and friendly sales people to assist you.

Watch milking and the bottling process.

Philadelphia Candies, Inc.

Hermitage, PA

41.2332004, -80.4806948

A Family History.

In 1919, in Western Pennsylvania's Shenango Valley, four Macris brothers, Steve, John, Jim and Louis, immigrated from Greece and started a small chocolate company. They named their new business Philadelphia Candies because it means "Candies made with brotherly love" in their native Greek language. Today, Philadelphia Candies is still operated by the Macris family with the same commitment to excellence as our founders. Taste our fine products and you will enjoy the quality and manufacturing expertise we put into every bite. The finest ingredients from around the world combined with our rich chocolate create an outstanding delicacy.

QVC Studios

West Chester, PA

39.995435, -75.580129

Through 25 features along the QVC Studio Tour, guests can learn more about QVC's beginnings, successes and growth into a $3.4 billion preeminent electronic retailer. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the live broadcast from five studio views where monitors feature state-of-the art, pullback cameras in eight different locations within the studio. Visitors can shop at the Studio Store, which features authentic QVC studio park? gear logo merchandise. Also displayed is an ever-changing selection of on-air and seasonal merchandise, frequently including the Today's Special Value.

Revonah Pretzel

Hanover, PA

39.793966, -76.976399

Hand-made pretzel bakery, dough mixing, pretzel twisting (rolling) dip and bake, kiln dry and pack. Outlet store.

Sculpted Ice Works Factory Tour and Natural Ice Harvest Museum

Lakeville, PA

41.4468249, -75.2622449

Natural lake ice was once a booming industry in the Poconos. Step back in time to learn how ice was "made" in the region. Watch how clear ice is manufactured today and learn how ice sculptures are made in the Sculpted Ice Works Factory Tour. Admission includes Museum and Tour: $5 per person, under 3 free. See website or call for hours.

Sculpted Ice Works is a full service ice event company and has been in business for over ten years. Our experienced design and carving team takes pride in each piece created. We have full time carvers, delivery, setup, and office staff.

Our ice carvers are members of the National Ice Carving Association. Mark Crouthamel, owner, and Neil Trimper, lead carver, are award winning carvers and each have over fifteen years experience sculpting ice.

Sculpted Ice Works creates wedding ice sculptures, seafood displays, color logos in ice, ice luges, ice bars, live ice carving demonstrations for any event, team building courses, custom designs for photo shoots, fashion show backdrops, hanging sculptures, and more.

We use only clear ice manufactured in our plant to maintain high quality. Because we make all of our own ice we can also customize the process to make variations, including freezing in objects. Computerized technology also allows us to create detailed and specific designs.

Located in the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, we serve a wide radius and travel nationally. Our delivery vehicles include refrigerated trucks. One to fifty sculptures or blocks can be delivered either to your freezer or on site at your event. We have the capability and experience in creating larger displays using over 100 tons of ice.


Warrington, PA


Monthly LEAN Tour: Lean manufacturing is an integral part of the SnapCab story. Our repeatable processes, driven by lean best practices (such as 5S, Kanban, Kaizen and standard work) allow us to eliminate waste, reduce cost, ensure timely delivery, and remain highly responsive to customer needs. This enables us to provide outstanding quality at lower prices.

Snyder's of Hanover

Hanover, PA

39.80678, -76.948358

A tradition of good taste began in 1909 with Snyder's founder Harry V. Warehime. The man affectionately known as "Gramp Harry," started the Hanover Pretzel Company with a single recipe, Hanover Olde Tyme Pretzels.

Straub Brewery

St. Marys, PA

41.4277121, -78.5538943

Straub beer has been handcrafted since 1872. They begin with fresh, spring-fed mountain water from the Laurel Run Reservoir, which lies along the Eastern Continental Divide. As the water runs into the brewery, it is mixed with cornflakes and malted barley. This mixture is heated, producing a sweet golden syrup called wort, which is slowly drawn through a copper vessel slot or grant, where they visually inspect the beer for clarity and color.

Next they add hops and transfer the wort to the brew kettle, where it is boiled for two hours. The heated product is held for a short time in a separate vessel, then cooled as it passes through the Cold Plate Cooler at the rate of one barrel per minute.

The fermenting process begins with the addition of liquid yeast to the "green" beer. This process takes seven to ten days, during which time the yeast will consume the fermentable sugars in the wort, producing beer and, as a by-product, carbon dioxide, which is collected and filtered.

After the fermentation process is completed, they transfer the beer to cold storage for aging (which can last two weeks) and double cold filtering. At this time the filtered carbon dioxide is injected into the beer (polishing) supplying the refreshing zest for which Straub Beer has always been famous. Their brewing process is virtually unchanged since Peter Straub perfected it in 1872.

Sturgis Pretzel House Factory

Lititz, PA

40.1564, -76.30166

The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is located in historic Lititz, Pennsylvania in the middle of beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Visitors can tour the original pretzel bakery, get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting, observe our bakers twisting sourdough soft pretzels by hand, and shop for delicious treats and souvenirs in our bakery store.

As the story goes, in 1850, Julius Sturgis was a bread baker in Lititz, Lancaster County. One day, a hobo hopped from a train about a half block from the stone building and followed his nose to the bread bakery. He was looking for a job and something to eat. Sturgis couldn?t offer the man a job, but he extended his hospitality and invited the hobo to sit down at the family dinner table. In exchange for the kindness, the hobo gave Julius a pretzel recipe and an institution was born.

In 1861, eleven years after he baked the first pretzel, Julius stopped making bread and became the first commercial pretzel bakery in America.

Today, visitors get a tour of the pretzel factory and a chance to roll their own pretzels and take a few home with them.


King of Prussia, PA

40.089815, -75.350774

Sun & Earth is a 20-year old socially and environmentally-responsible natural cleaning products developer, manufacturer, and distributor based in King of Prussia, PA. The company distributes a full-line of natural cleaners through its retail partners (both brick and mortar AND online). Customers who want the convenience of at-home delivery or who are unable to purchase from their favorite, local grocery store are able to buy direct from Local residents, or those working nearby, are also able to purchase Sun & Earth products directly from the plant.

What: Sun & Earth offers fun-filled, educational, interactive factory tours FREE to the general public and public/private organizations. The one hour visit is full of interesting sights, unique sounds, and helpful information.

When: Large and small tour groups are encouraged to schedule their visits by e-mailing [email protected]. Tours are conducted Monday thru Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. Special arrangements/considerations should be communicated in advance in order to accommodate all guests.

Where: Located 20 minutes west of Center City Philadelphia, the King of Prussia, PA plant is conveniently located near the PA Turnpike, Route 476 (Blue Route), Route 202, and Route 76 (Schuylkill Expressway).
How: The site visit consists of four educational, interactive stations. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by Sun & Earth's President and CEO John Mullins who provides a brief overview of the tour schedule. Next, larger groups are broken into sub-groups (if necessary) in order to maintain a "closeness-feel" during the entire tour.

Station One: Visitors decorate then add soil and seeds to their seed pots while learning about plant life. The emphasis is on the environment and what people are able to do preserve and protect it.

Station Two: Guests decorate their empty 22 oz Sun & Earth All Purpose Cleaner bottles. Children (and adults) are able to create colorful designs on their bottles. At this station, John discusses the natural ingredients (like coconut oil and orange oil) used in Sun & Earth products

Station Three: Attendees are introduced to the process of blending/mixing different ingredients together to obtain the end result...our wonderful natural products.

Station Four: Visiting friends are given the opportunity to observe our manufacturing (filling) process. The beautifully-decorated, empty 22 oz Sun & Earth All Purpose Cleaner bottles are placed on the filling line. Sun & Earth employees operate the line from start to finish. After the bottle is "capped" with a trigger sprayer, the filled container is returned to its proud, new, happy owner.

Why: Continuing our philosophy of full disclosure, Sun & Earth decided to open its doors to just about anyone (we'd probably let our competition enter if they were nice) to learn about the company, environment, and manufacturing processes.

Susquehanna Glass (Closed for Tours)

Columbia, PA

40.03547, -76.498439

Barware, stemware, and crystal gift items since 1910. See glass hand cutting demonstrations.

Tour-Ed Mine

Tarentum, PA

40.609289, -79.756504

The Tour-Ed Mine and Museum shows authentic mining tools and methods, from the 1850's through to the most advanced mining techniques and machines of today. All of the guides at the mine are experienced miners. These guides give live demonstrations of the various types of mining equipment to give visitors a sense of what it was and is like to work in a coal mine.

Guides take visitors into the mine in groups of 25 or fewer. This ensures everyone can see the guide's demonstrations. All visitors wear a mine hard hat for protection. A light jacket is suggested, because the mine's temperature averages 52 to 55 degrees year-round.

Visitors are also given a brief presentation by the guides on the various types of hats, lamps, and rescue gear used by miners throughout mining's history. Visitors will even learn the first thing all old-time miners ate out of their lunch pail everyday!

Tourist will enjoy riding the mine cars deep underground to reach the mining display. In addition, a surface tour of our strip mine, saw mill, caboose and auger mining display is provided for your enjoyment.

Troegs Brewing Company

Hershey, PA


Tröegs recently broke ground to begin the construction of its new craft brewery in Hershey, PA. The new Tröegs brewery location, near Hersheypark and The Outlets at Hershey, makes it well suited as a destination to complement Hershey's existing attractions.

The Hershey facility is designed to be a unique brewing experience for Tröegs' guests, featuring a 5,000 square foot tasting room that opens into an outdoor seeing area, all with ample views of the brewhouse. Brewery goers will be able to observe the brewing process first-hand and even take a self-guided tour along a window-lined hallway for an up-close view of the brewery. Tröegs will also continue to provide guided tours of the brewhouse on designated days.

?...We want to create an interactive facility where our customer really gets an understanding of what goes into making quality beer, Chris noted about the new facility, ?We want to showcase what we do best.?

At three times the size of Tröegs current location, the new 90,000 square foot facility will give guests a glimpse at the fermentation process, packaging room and oak barrel-aging room, and lab. The addition of a pilot brewing room offers insight to Tröegs experimentation?where its famous Scratch brews are dreamt-up and made.

Tröegs cites the new location as an opportunity to further its commitment to Central Pennsylvania. ?Hershey is a special place, not just for people who call it home, but for the millions who come to visit each year,? said John.?We want to create an experience that compliments the other Hershey attractions, creating an even more vibrant and exciting destination for all visitors,? added Chris.

The new Tröegs craft brewery location has an expected completion date of Fall 2011. Until then, read the article in Brewing and Beverage Industry International and news articles here. Check back often for the latest photos, news and updates.

Turkey Hill Experience

Columbia, PA

40.0375777, -76.5078573

Come learn how our ice cream is made, sit in our milk truck, brainstorm your own ice cream flavor, milk a mechanical cow and learn about the people and culture of Turkey Hill. Discovery and delight abound for the whole family. And of course, there are free samples of Turkey Hill ice cream and iced tea!

US Mint (Philadelphia, PA)

Philadelphia, PA

39.9534110, -75.1474060

The United States Mint offers tours in its Philadelphia and Denver locations. At both facilities, the tours are free. Touring the United States Mint is a fascinating experience for those of all ages and one that will be remembered for a lifetime. Tours cover both the present state of coin manufacturing as well as the history of the Mint. Learn about the craftsmanship required at all stages of the minting process, from the original designs and sculptures to the actual striking of the coins. Click on the photo from either city for details on hours and addresses. Click on the photo from either city for details on how to tour that Mint facility.

Both of the Mint locations welcome school and youth groups (grades kindergarten through 12), and organized military and veteran groups and are wheelchair accessible. At the Philadelphia Mint facility, a wheelchair is also available for individuals who need assistance and office personnel can provide private tours to handicapped or older individuals who request assistance.

Utz Snacks

Hanover, PA

39.813438, -76.998841

Utz Quality Foods, Inc. was started in 1921 by Bill and Salie Utz in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Bill Utz, dissatisfied with the quality of potato chips being produced at the time, believed so strongly in the marketability of a wholesome quality chip that he quit his job and risked it all to begin producing the couple's own brand of potato chips.

Under the brand name of "Hanover Home Brand Potato Chips", Salie used her knowledge of good Pennsylvania Dutch cooking to make the chips in a small summer house behind their home on McAllister Street.

The hand operated equipment she used made about 50 pounds of chips per hour. Bill delivered the chips to independent stores and farmers' markets in the Hanover and Baltimore area. Demand for the chips grew rapidly, and Salie and Bill soon built a separate building behind their house. In 1936, they installed one of the first automatic potato chip cookers, capable of producing 300 pounds per hour. F.X. "Xav" Rice, who married Arlene Utz, one of Bill and Salie's two daughters, joined the organization to manage business operations.

When F.X. Rice retired in 1978, his son Michael Rice took over as the third generation of Utz management. This new team is leading major expansion of Utz's operations. Utz was the first in the snack industry to use in-truck computers to prepare invoices, manage inventory, and process route accounting transactions.

The steady growth of Utz Quality Foods is a reflection of Utz quality... in its facilities, in its products, and in its people. Together, effective management and a dedicated work force have provided the very best products to an ever growing marketplace for over 78 years.

Victory Brewing Company

Downingtown, PA

40.0061038, -75.6941546

Victory Brewing Company, located in Downingtown, PA was started in 1996. Their brewmaster was trained in Germany and their brews soon achieved Grand Champion ratings in the U.S. Beer Tasting Championship, 2002-2005. Their brewhouse has expanded to a Rolec 50 barrel operation. This local brewery now distributes in states across the country.

They sponsor many events, have a retail store and a restaurant with live music. Visit and tour the brewery and taste the many great Victory beers along the way.

Wilbur Chocolate

Lititz, PA

40.158478, -76.309078

Milton Hershey wasn?t the only entrepreneur to make it rich selling chocolates in Lancaster County, PA. Wilbur Chocolates have been in Lititz, PA since 1913.

Founded in Philadelphia in 1865, Wilbur produced mostly molasses candies & hard candies at the time, eventually venturing into chocolate. The company did well and by 1913, Wilbur officials decided to locate additional production facilities in Lititz.

Today, Cargill, one of the largest private companies in the United States, owns Wilbur Chocolate Co. The aroma of freshly made chocolates wafts through Lititz providing an olfactory treat to the already picturesque town. Wilbur Chocolate is famous for its bite-sized chocolate dollop with a signature curlicue on top, known as Wilbur Buds.

Visit the museum and see early candy-making machinery and molds. Watch the video explaining what happens in the factory as the smooth, rich flavor of Wilbur Chocolate is created from the cocoa bean. The kitchen features handmade chocolates being created right before your eyes.

The Candy Americana Museum started out as a one-room museum and has expanded slowly. In 1977, the modern candy kitchen was opened. The kitchen features handmade chocolates being created right before your eye including homemade marshmallow, almond bark, peanut butter meltaways, heavenly hash, mint drizzle, and almond butter crunch.

A video host takes you through the world of Chocolate. Starting with the history of the cocoa bean and ending with modern day products we crave today. Learn how Cortez?s discovered the ?Food of the Gods? which started the chocolate craze in Europe and later came to America.

Yuengling Brewery (Pottsville, Pa)

Pottsville, PA

40.68294, -76.197909

Tour America's oldest brewery, established in 1829. Visitors observe various facets of the production process and sample finished product at tour's end. (Root beer for the kids).

Zippo Visitior Center

Bradford, PA

41.951382, -78.669115

Zippo Manufacturing Company, maker of the world famous windproof lighter with the lifetime guarantee, celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2007. Based in Bradford, Pennsylvania and distributed in more than 152 countries worldwide, Zippo is synonymous with American made quality and craftsmanship.

Zippo was founded in Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1932 when George G. Blaisdell decided to create a lighter that would look good and be easy to use. Blaisdell obtained the rights for an Austrian windproof lighter with a removable top, and re-designed it to his own specifications. He made the case rectangular and attached the lid to the bottom with a welded hinge, then surrounded the wick with a chimney. Blaisdell called his new lighter ?Zippo,? a name he created from the word ?zipper? because he liked the sound of the word. From the very beginning he backed the Zippo lighter with a lifetime guarantee that ?it works or we fix it freeTM?.

Zippo has produced over 450 million windproof lighters since its founding in 1932. Except for improvements in the flint wheel and modifications in case finishes, Blaisdell?s original design remains virtually unchanged today.

Although the windproof lighter remains the most popular Zippo product, the line also includes the refillable butane Zippo MPL® (multi-purpose lighter), mini MPL®, and OULTM outdoor utility lighter. A line of ZippoBLU® premium butane gas lighters was introduced late in 2007.

Zippo windproof lighters enjoy a widespread and enviable reputation as valuable collectibles throughout the world. Zippo Click, the Zippo-sponsored collectors club, boasts more than 12,000 registered members in over 50 countries. In addition, there are more than fifteen independent lighter collector clubs serving thousands of Zippo lighter collectors worldwide.