Whether you're in Ohio visiting Airstream's Jackson Center production facility and service center, or – yes – just passing through, we've got your guide to getting the most out of the Midwest.
We may be a bit biased. Since 1952, Airstream has called Jackson Center, Ohio home. Founded in 1931 in Los Angeles, by the mid-20th Century, Airstream founder Wally Byam was looking for an eastern distribution point. Mythology persists as to why he selected this sleepy Ohio farm town. We like to think it had something to do with the can-do attitude and friendly demeanor of the locals. Whatever the case, Airstream's West Coast operations were shuttered in 1979, and every Airstream since then has been built from the wheels up here in west-central Ohio.
Every year, thousands of Airstreamers make the pilgrimage to The Mothership. They come to take Airstream's popular factory tours, to visit during the annual Alumapalooza festival the week after Memorial Day, and to get upgrades and service on their travel trailers and touring coaches. For four decades, Jackson Center has been the center of the Airstream universe. Stop by and we'll show you why.
Airstream partnered with celebrated children's book author Billy Steers to create "Let's Just Go!", the story of a reluctant Airstream travel trailer who discovers the joy and freedom of the road. Check out our extended conversation with Steers about the process of creating the book's main characters: Snug and her tow vehicle Tee Vee. We also commissed an exclusive History of Airstream print by renowned infographic makers, Pop Chart. And if you're looking for great beef jerky to keep you fueled up while you're out on the trail, look no further than Yants. Hand-cut and made in small batches just down the road from the Airstream Mothership, Yants produces delicious beef jerky that's known regionally as the best.
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As Airstream travels the country in search of unique Round Trip destinations, we keep our eye out for dedicated craftspeople who are passionate about manufacturing quality products. Like like the hundreds of production associates who hand-make Airstream travel trailers and touring coaches in our Jackson Center, Ohio manufacturing facility, they are committed to their craft – and to living their dreams. These are their stories.