09/24/2012 07:26 am ET Updated Nov 24, 2012

Great American Factory Tours (PHOTOS)

Industry is alive and well in the U.S. and, despite recent bleak news, many local factories are thriving. Some welcome visitors for free or nearly free in order to highlight their products and to offer fans a glimpse of the manufacturing process.

Whether you've watched Americans make potato chips or Mack Trucks -- you'll come away with a greater appreciation for the businesses and objects our countrymen are capable of building.

Great Factory Tours