My girlfriend and I live in Cleveland, and she's been talking about how awesome the Kitchenaid Stand Mixers are for as long as I've known her.
I had planned on finally giving her one for Christmas and when I learned they are made in Ohio -- and since we both love a little bit of an adventure -- I figured I'd suprise her with a road trip to see where they're made and then let her pick one to come home with.
Tours at the Kitchenaid factory (1701 Kitchenaid Way -- the address above is for the retail store) are offered at 12:30 Tuesday-Friday for $5 (cash only) and Rachel and I arrived a really early -- so we hit the retail store first and she chose her loot with the assistance of a very helpful staff (in a sea of Kitchenaid products and accessories). In hindsight, I would wait to visit the store until after the factory tour -- but more about that later.
We returned to the factory about 10 minutes before tour time, paid the fee, and then waited for our guide -- who tunred out to be an Auditor who's worked at the plant for 34 years and cheerfully led us around the factory decrribing the steps and parts that go into making a product that is nearly legendary while answering quesitions along the way. While I may have prefered something a little "deper" I think it was the perfect mix of detail and speed for the average person -- and it was great to have the tour presented by someone who's actually working on the factory floor.
At the conclusion of the tour -- where our guide hapily answered all of the questions thrown at her -- we were offered a holiday promotion that offered a nicer model at a lower price -- so we heded back to the store and made the echange.
The tour highlihgs some interesting facts -- like the fact that this is the only factory in the world making KitchenAid Stand Mixers, the detail in the assembly process -- and only lasts about an hour.
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