Wednesday, April 29, 2009


What an inspiring factory tour this turned out to be. We weren't allowed to have cameras during the entire tour, so I'll spare you. However, I am going to post several motorcycle photos we took at the AACA Museum in Hershey. We were shown a short film, issued earphones, a badge and safety glasses and in a little over an hour, we had seen a very amazing factory. Harley Davidson (HD) doesn't have an inventory of product to ship to you. Everything is done by order - if they build 800 bikes a day, they have 800 orders. Just about everything is done inside - maybe a few things are sent out - like the trike is finished in Iowa, and custom paint is finished by an outside vendor. Harley has done business like this for years and have survived wars, the Great Depression as well as other economic downturns within the company. There are other Harley Davidson factories around the country - One day, I hope we might be able to visit their main plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - it would definitely be interesting.

On our way back to Gettysburg we decided a side trip to Hanover, PA might be fun. We arrived at the Snyder Pretzel Plant and went inside to make a few purchases. The factory is even bigger than I imagined - By the time we get to Hershey, PA there isn't going to be any room for chocolate at this pace. Tomorrow we depart Drummer Boy Campground in Gettysburg, and will be staying at High Meadow Campground, a Hershey property located in Hummelstown, PA - very close to Hershey.
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