Tour #25 – Industry, Recreation, and the Coker Tire Museum

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This tour will take you behind closed doors at Komatsu America Corp, Chattanooga plant, the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment, consisting of construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Komatsu America also serves forklift and forestry markets. Tour participants will watch these large pieces of equipment being assembled at one end of the plant and then see the finished machines go out the door at the other end. We will then move on to Miller Industries near Ootewah, TN. Miller Industries was founded in 1990. Since its inception, the company has provided innovative high towing and recovery equipment worldwide. You can watch some of the best welders in the world assemble complete lines of quality equipment including carriers up to 30 feet in length with deck capabilities of up to 40,000 lb and towing recovery units with boom capacities of 75 tons. After this tour and lunch, we are off to Southern Honda Powersports, which is one of the largest dealers of Honda ATV’s, motorcycles, power equipment, and side by sides in the South. Participants can walk the showroom floor and dream big while asking questions about your next ride. After this short excursion, we are off to American Hearth and Patio, where locally built wood/pellet stoves are showcased. Participants will also view the latest and greatest fireplaces, bbq grills, gas logs, and heater accessories available. Lastly, the tour will be topped off with an opportunity to visit Coker Tire Company. Coker Tire Company is the world’s largest distributor of antique and classic tires for automobiles, trucks and motorcycles. Much more than just tires, this museum has preserved some of the most prestigious classic cars, trucks, race cars, motorcycles and other automotive gadgets from around the globe, allowing folks to reminisce the good ole’ days when the automotive industry was the talk of the town.

ADVISEMENT: There will be minimal walking on this tour. Closed toed shoes are required.