Get a close-up look at how an American icon is manufactured on an Airstream Factory Tour.
The tour at the plant in Jackson Center follows the step-by-step process of building the world’s most recognizable travel trailer.
Visitors watch as teams rivet aluminum sheets into the familiar Airstream shell; lift shells onto chassis; install insulation, electrical, gas and plumbing; and build furniture and cabinetry.
Tours also visit the touring coach manufacturing facility where Airstream builds its top-of-the-line Class B motor homes.
The tour features a healthy dose of history, as guides highlight Airstream’s nearly 90-year success story.
Tours begin in the Airstream service center and gift shop and make stops along the way to see iconic vintage models on display. Retirees who spent many years working in the plant lead the tours.
“Visitors on the Airstream factory tour get to see how this iconic brand is really just a small company in America’s heartland — a family of craftspeople who work together to create a piece of Americana,” said Bob Wheeler, president and CEO. “We don’t have automated assembly lines here. Airstream travel trailers are made by hand in Jackson Center, Ohio, by men and women who take pride in their work, knowing that the end result will make someone’s travel dreams come true. Come see how we start with a rivet and finish with an Airstream.”
Jay Cullis, content manager, noted it’s not often that manufacturing facilities open their doors to the public.
“Guests get an up-close perspective on this integral component in the American economic landscape,” Cullis said. “Often, we have new owners come to see their ‘baby’ being born. They stay at a hotel in the area and come on the tour each day to see the progress on their Airstream.”
The free tours last about two hours, and visitors must wear closed-toe shoes. Tours are available Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. The tour involves a 1-mile walk, and Airstream is happy to accommodate accessibility needs.
For more information on the Airstream Factory Tour call 877-596-6111 or go to airstream.com/company/factory-tour.