They all blend together for me. It really doesn't matter what they're making - it's the automation that fascinates me.
HAHA I had the same reaction. I found it very interesting. I even showed it to my wife (she never watches this show) and she sat through the whole segment.Its was actually somewhat interesting since about the only prior knowledge I had was from a Simpsons ep.
I was in Portland for work last year (found a brochure in the hotel lobby.) I wanted to go to the tour, but the hours were very inconvenient. 9 to 5 only.I just watched an ep that covered Leatherman and their factory. I found out that they're located in Portland and have a tour (http://www.leatherman.com/about/tour).
Unfortunately, I've left WA state and it's unlikely I'll ever be in Portland anytime in the near future. I visited Portland a few times and would've liked to have gone on the tour.
I have toured the Rouge Plant and saw the Ford F-150 pickups in production.Ford's river rouge plant is located on the Detroit river just south of it's namesake. There are docks for boats carrying iron ore which becomes steel within the plant.
I know that was true in the past but I highly doubt that's true now. Most automakers buy parts from a huge network of suppliers. It doesn't seem cost effective for automakers to be totally vertically integrated anymore.Fact is, everything except some plastic parts go into the plant in their raw state and come out a finished automobile and as of about 25 years ago that included glass and rubber.
I grew up in North Texas and drove past that GM plant more times that I could count. Unfortunately it was closed to the public and they didn't do tours. Ever once in a while they'll have an open house, but I've never been able to make it.From http://www.caranddriver.com/feature...ation-of-whats-really-made-in-america-feature, it looks like the only other TX auto plant is in Arlington.