Thursday, June 19, 2008

Topeka, KS and beyond

We started the day with a relatively short drive (1.5 hours) to Topeka, KS where we took our first factory tour of the trip at Hallmark Cards. The factory was conveniently located next to I-70 and, since our tour was scheduled for 12:30, we sat in their parking lot and watched TV for an hour. I said this was a rough life. ;-)

At 12:30, we were met in the lobby by our tour guide, Charlie, who is a long-time employee. He was as gracious as he was informed while he showed us the entire operation from printing, embossing, applying flitter (made from plastic - not glitter which is made from glass), applying foil, cutting, folding, making envelopes, packaging and shipping. What a neat operation. They employ about 650 workers and turn out billions of cards each year. The big product being made now is Christmas cards. A smooth operation and a fun tour.

Back in the RV for another 1.5 hours to Abilene, KS where we will spend the night. In the morning, we'll visit the Eisenhower Center (looks like we're on the Dead Presidents Tour, doesn't it?) before venturing further west on I-70.

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