Stop 1 - Harley Davidson Vehicle Operations Center, York, PA.
Hubby and I ride. Even if we didn't, this is a long standing company with a great history. It is also the only American Motorcycle Manufacturer. The tour starts with a 10 minute video followed by a walking tour inside the factory that takes about 45 minutes. You are given a pin (that you keep), safety goggles and a headset so you can hear the tour guide no matter where you are in line. It is amazing to see the fabrication. I'll admit, I geeked out a little when I heard lean manufacturing, saw flow charts and even continuous improvements team meeting boards. Ah, well to each his own :)
Next stop, Sturgis Pretzel Factory, Lititz, PA (Thanks, Tom and Mary Ann).
You get a history of the house (1 small house, FOURTEEN kids), the additions for the ovens, the tools used and an idea of the salaries. Who knew a pretzel twister would be considered skilled labor? Then, you get to twist your own pretzel while you learn what each step means. Complete with a pretzel twisting certificate.
After twisting, it is off to the ovens.
Final stop, Wilbur Chocolate. Hershey's is not the only chocolatier in Pennsylvania! This is a nice self guided tour to look through the history of Wilton - and select chocolates. I even found a large bag of Dutch Process Cocoa!
What is the AMF connection? For a period of time AMF (you know, the company that makes bowling pin setters?) owned Harley Davidson. They also made the first pretzel machines used by Sturgis.