Big Techs is Coming!

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Ever wonder how stuff is made? Come see how Komatsu builds the world's largest front end loader, how Eastman turns chemicals into products, how Neiman Marcus distributes goods, and other cool technology. Join us for Big Techs, the behind-the-scene tours of what makes Longview Texas work.

Longview’s history and present are full of makers, builders, doers, and inventors. Ever since Longview was founded as a railroad town in 1870, industrious people have been making cool stuff in our corner of East Texas. That industrious culture grew with the East Texas Oil Boom of the 1930’s and the manufacturing necessity of World War II. Today, Longview companies continue that tradition, using modern technology to create, build, and distribute goods.The Big Techs event is a chance to peek behind-the-scenes at the amazing technology that makes Longview work. As part of Industry Appreciation, Big Techs is a collaborative effort of the Longview Economic Development Corporation and the Longview Convention and Visitors Bureau.

One day only! February 24, 2018. Various times. Tours are free. Downtown outdoor activities are free.  Free admission to Gregg County Historical Museum. $5 admission to Longview World of Wonders and Longview Museum of Fine Arts. See the interactive event map and register now.

50 minute tour times: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
Texas is hot, but AAON products help keep us cool. AAON is engaged in the engineering, manufacturing, and marketing of air conditioning and heating equipment. Learn how AAON builds everything from commercial-sized air conditioners to geothermal/water-source heat pumps and coils. Must wear close-toed shoes and long pants. Facility is not heated; wear weather appropriate clothing.

50 minute tour times: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m.
Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. From the film on your car’s windshield to the screen on your tablet, from baby bottles to passenger jets, from tires to attire, the world depends on products made from Eastman Chemical materials.

Holt Cat: 2210 Neiman Marcus Pkwy. (See on interactive map or Register for tour)
50 minute tour times: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
Just about every child has taken apart a toy just to see if they could put it together. Now, imagine if you did that with a full size bulldozer? Come see how Holt Cat completely refurbishes large Caterpillar earth-moving equipment into like-new condition. Children are welcome with adult. Must wear closed toe shoes. Safety glasses will be provided.

Komatsu: 2400 S. MacArthur St. (See on interactive map or Register for tour)
90 minute tour times: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
When we say Big Techs, we do mean big. The world’s largest front-end loader is an earth-mover of massive proportion. The 2,300 horsepower machine weighs 560,000 pounds and features tires that are 14 feet tall. The bucket holds 80 tons of dirt, which is more than can fit in an 18-wheeler. Yet, this huge machine is fuel efficient utilizing a hybrid diesel / electric drive. 80 minute tour. Minimum age: 12.

50 minute tour times: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
For over a century, Neiman Marcus has focused on serving the unique needs of the luxury market. Discover how Neiman Marcus uses modern technology to distribute upscale assortments of apparel, accessories, jewelry, beauty and decorative home products. Minimum age: 13. Must wear closed toe shoes. No cameras.

Downtown Activities: (See on interactive map)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Come-and-go. No registration required. 

Hands-On STEM at Longview World of Wonders, 112 E. Tyler St. ($5 entry)
- Kilgore College Chemistry demonstrations
- LeTourneau University Engineering demonstrations
- Pine Tree ISD STEM activities

Map Tech at Gregg County Historical Museum. 214 N. Fredonia St. (Free)
- Geographic Information Systems and the history of Gregg County

Art Tech at Longview Museum of Fine Arts, 215 E. Tyler St. ($5 entry)
- Wire sculpture demonstrations with Artist-in-residence Charles Arnold
- Rediscovering Andy Warhol exhibit

Kilgore College Industrial Technology Tour, 300 S. High St.

  • Free come-and-go tours of the Kilgore College Industrial Technology Tour located on the Kilgore College Longview campus at 300 S. High Street, Longview, TX.

Plus: Food Trucks, giant crane from Boss Crane, Longview Fire ladder truck, and more. (Unfortunately, the outdoor equipment displays and food trucks have been cancelled due to rain. All tours and museum activities are scheduled to continue as originally planned though).