Step right up!


When I visited Allen Edmonds Shoes last September, I got a great tour of the plant.  Bob Steffes, pictured above polishing my rather scuffed up Allen Edmonds shoes I was wearing the day of the tour, showed me how Allen Edmonds makes a pair of shoes from choosing the leather to the final polish.  If you are ever in Port Washington, Wisconsin, stop in for a visit.

My buddy Dave Bruce sent me a great article on all sorts of factory tours you can take around the County.  My top five factory tours would have to be:

1. Harley-Davidson
York, Pa.

2. Louisville Slugger
Louisville, Ky.

3. Martin Guitar

Nazareth, Pa.

4. Vermont Teddy Bear
Shelburne, Vt.

5. Tabasco

Avery Island, LA.

Regardless of what tour you take, you are sure to see members of our extended American family making products we can purchase and use.  So the next time you are going for a vacation somewhere in our great country, find out whether there is a factory tour you can enjoy during your visit!

About Simply American LLC

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at
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1 Response to Step right up!

  1. Verna says:

    My son has a Vermont Teddy Bear that he loves (and he’s 23). Great ideas!

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