For over 250 years, York County has stood
witness to American ingenuity, home to some of the country’s
most innovative people and companies. In the 1700s, the region’s
abundant natural resources drove the local economy. Early
residents helped pioneer the Conestoga Wagon, which in turn
helped the agricultural industry expand.
In the 1800s, York County was home to many firsts, including
the first iron steamboat and first coal locomotive produced in
the United States. The Pfaltzgraff Company—America’s oldest
pottery maker—began operations in 1811, and recently started a
new venture: factory tours of its Thomasville facility. In the
latter part of the 19th Century, York Manufacturing
Co. opened its doors. Today, the YORK name is synonymous with
quality cooling and refrigeration equipment.
The "York" stamp appeared on a number of well-known
products in the early 1900s, most notably York Barbells and York
Peppermint Patties. The York Plan became a national model for
communities to convert existing manufacturing operations for
wartime production. As the 20th Century progressed,
some of the world’s best known products found a home in York
County, including Harley-Davidson, Starbucks, and Doritos.
This heritage is evident today in the number of manufacturers
that have opened their doors to discerning travelers looking for
something a little different, something off the beaten path. In
fact, today York County is known as the "Factory Tour
Capital of the World." Visit the York
County Convention & Visitors Bureau for a full listing
of factory tours.
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