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York County Snack Foods and Plant Tours

With the slogan "Watch It Made in York," the York County 250th Anniversary Commission, arranged for tours, on August 26, 1999, of 28 manufacturing plants in York County, Pennsylvania. Among York's more well-known companies are Harley-Davidson, the famous motorcycle manufacturer, Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Company, America's oldest manufacturer of casual dinnerware, Snyder's of Hanover, maker of pretzels, chips and tortillas, and Utz Quality Foods, Inc. which makes over 12,000 pounds of potato chips an hour. Other York candy and snack food manufacturers produce York Peppermint Patties, Katherine Beecher Candies, Wolfgang Candies, and Classic Caramel Imperial Apples. The tour also highlighted the Industrial Museum of York County, which houses a collection of machinery and products made in York County, from pottery to military hardware.

Fun "York Facts" include the following:

More than one fourth of York County's workers are employed in manufacturing -- almost 55,000 people.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company is one of the state's 20 largest manufacturing employers.

York International machinery air conditions the chunnel between England and France, and the Kremlin in Russia.

York County once had 16 automobile manufacturers.

America's first ironclad steamboat was made in York in 1825 by John Elgar, and was launched in the Susquehanna River.

York manufacturer A.B. Farquahr was the first international exporter of agricultural instruments.

America's first diesel tractor was made by R.H. Sheppard of Hanover.

Project documentation includes a map of the area's plants and schedule of 28 plant tours, a York 250th anniversary newsletter, and a videotape entitled: "Heart of Pennsylvania: Plant Tours."

Originally submitted by: William F. Goodling, Representative (19th District).

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