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Factory Tours USA

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Factory Tours USA

6 Tours in Sporting Good Manufacturers

Big Wind Kite Factory
Manualoa, Molokai, HI

Aloha and Welcome to the BIG WIND KITE FACTORY Handmade Kites and Windsocks from Hawaii.

All of our kites and windsocks are made here on molokai from nylon. We use fiberglass spars for the kites and the hoops of the windsocks are made with poly tubing. All edges not fully hemmed are cut with a hot knife to seal the edges.

While you are on Molokai please be sure to drop by for our free factory tours. We will give away all of our secrets, tell a few corny jokes and direct you to the best kite flying ...
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Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
Phoenix, AZ

The distinction between manufacturing clubs and assembling them was not lost on PING inventor Karsten Solheim more than 40 years ago. Nor is it today. The family-owned company prides itself on closely controlling the entire clubmaking process.
We begin in design and engineering where new ideas are tested every day with the goal to design the perfect custom-fit golf club.

Those ideas become a reality when molds for clubheads are machined, then transferred to the foundry for investment casting. Next they are heat treated, then on to assembly for component matching and personalization.

From engineering to investment ...
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Louisville Slugger
Louisville, KY

The Louisville Slugger Museum gives the phrase "Play Ball!" a new meaning with a 21-ton, stone sculpture of a glove standing in one hall of the museum. This factory tour (conducted on Main Street) comes close to epitomizing the American dream, as Louisville creates bats not only for the little leaguers itching to take the tour but for the pros as well. The tour shows the process in which bats are made (95% by a machine that takes all of 40 seconds!). It's also a museum filled with baseball memorabilia, including the Sluggers of baseball greats like Ty Cobb, Lou ...
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Mepps / Sheldons', Inc.
Antigo, WI

The American Home of Mepps / Sheldons', Inc., the world headquarters for Mepps, the world's #1 lure, is located at 626 Center St. on the north side of Antigo, Wisconsin. We're just off Highway 45 North. Visit us the next time you're in the area. Take a guided tour, and watch us hand-make the world's #1 lure. See all of the 4000-plus lures Mepps manufacturers. We also have an impressive trophy room you won't want to miss!

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Nocona Athletic Goods Company
Nocona, TX

From the plowed fields of rural America to the busy sandlots of towns and cities, generations of young fellows and gals used to carefully save their money to buy a Nokona baseball glove. It was a glove these players knew would give them every penny of their money back and last, it seemed, as long as they were needed. And these gloves have met that promise.

For nearly three-quarters of a century, young players have dreamed about owning their first Nokona glove. Shown in his Alvin, Texas Little League uniform in the late 1950s (above), Nolan Ryan had just ...
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Trek Bicycle Corporation
Waterloo, WI

Trek is a privately held corporation that still resides in Waterloo, the small town in Southeastern Wisconsin where in 1976 five employees started making hand-built bicycle frames in an old wooden barn.

Nearly a quarter century later, Trek is the world leader in bicycle products and accessories, with 1,500 employees worldwide.

Our designers and engineers incorporate the most advanced technology available into Trek products, resulting in many industry innovations. The award-winning Y bike. Alpha aluminum, OCLV and OCLV HC carbon fiber frame materials. The Pro Race geometry. Y Foil, Variable Rate Suspension (VRX), Women's Specific Design (WSD), Soft ...
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