Big Techs Industry Tours & Little Big Techs Hands-on Showcase

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Big Techs Tours: Saturday, February 24, 2024

Ever wonder how stuff is made? Come see how Komatsu builds the world's largest front end loader, how Eastman, INVISTA, and Westlake turn chemicals into products, how Merritt Preferred Components manufactures Aerospace and Energy products, how Holt Cat rebuilds industrial-size engines, and other cool technology. Join us for Big Techs: the behind-the-scene tours of what makes East Texas work.

Big Techs is a collaborative effort of the Longview Economic Development Corporation, Kilgore Economic Development Corporation, and the Longview Convention and Visitors Bureau as a part of Industry Appreciation Month.

Industry tours are free, but registration is required. Each tour is approximately one hour, with most tour times at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. There are 10 industry tours but only 5 tour times, so choose the tours that work best for you. Please note age restrictions and clothing restrictions on some tours.

We are looking forward to seeing you for Big Techs! A couple reminders:

1. Please arrive on time for your tours. Please follow age and clothing restrictions as listed on the event page. 

2. Please note the specific addresses for each tour. The address listed on your ticket of 109 W. Tyler Street is for the Visit Longview Marketplace and is available for information purposes only, but that is not your tour location. Please go to your appropriate tour location listed below. 

Thank you to our Industry Tour Locations in 2024


AAON: 203 Gum Springs Road

Eastman and Westlake: 300 Kodak Blvd. (Check in at Building B-86 Learning Services)

Genpak: 1101 W. Harrison Rd.

Holt Cat Machine Division: 5110 W. Loop 281

Holt CAT Power Systems: 2210 Legacy Pkwy. 

INVISTA: 118 Huntsman Way

Komatsu Mining: 2400 S. MacArthur St.

LeTourneau University Abbott Aviation Center: 200 Airpark Dr.

Merritt Preferred Components: 703 Gladewater St, Kilgore

STEMCO: 300 Industrial Dr.

Little Big Techs Hands-on Showcase locations in Downtown Longview

Downtown Longview will be full of hands-on activities as we explore science and technology during Little Big Techs. On Saturday, February 24, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Downtown Longview museums will have STEAM-related activities provided through partnerships with area schools. Although the activities will be appropriate for children, the activities will be fun and educational for adults to try as well.

Gregg County Historical Museum 214 N. Fredonia St, Longview, TX 75601

Admission: Free.

Longview World of Wonders 112 E. Tyler St., Longview, TX 75601

Admission: $5 (or free for museum members)