9 Great American Factory Tours

Depending on the metric, U.S. manufacturing is either bouncing back or going to hell in a handbasket -- albeit one expertly crafted in Brooklyn by a tattooed weaver named Holden.
What's indisputable is that some American producers are thriving -- so much so that they're willing to pull back their factory curtains, giving visitors a glimpse at the assembly line magic.
Karen Axelrod, who, with husband Bruce Brumberg, wrote "Watch it Made in the U.S.A.: A Visitor's Guide to the Best Factory Tours and Company Museums," says "Everyone becomes a 5-year-old on a factory tour."
"The best ones get you close to the machinery, the sparks, the excitement."