The incredible technology of Longview’s industries will be on display during “Big Techs” Saturday, February 23, a free special event with behind-the-scenes tours of the manufacturing and distribution systems that make Longview work. Tour participants will have the opportunity to choose from eight different tours. See how Komatsu builds the world’s largest front-end loader, how Eastman and Westlake turn chemicals into products, and how Neiman Marcus distributes goods around the world, and other cool technology that drives the industrial economy. Free tours will be provided at AAON, CCI Group, Eastman Chemical, Holt CAT, Komatsu, Neiman Marcus, Nucor and Westlake Chemical. Tour times vary throughout the day. Tour space is limited, so please register in advance. Age restrictions apply for some tours. To participate in the free tours, please register online at VisitLongviewTexas.com. Please contact the Longview Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information at 903-753-3281.
On the weekend before the Big Techs tours, children and adults are invited to Downtown Longview for “Little Big Techs” from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, February 16. The Little Big Techs event will feature hands-on activities at the Gregg County Historical Museum, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, and Longview World of Wonders. Admission will be free to the Gregg County Historical Museum and Longview Museum of Fine Arts; admission will be $5 to Longview World of Wonders. Hands-on activities are being provided by various educational partners including Kilgore College, Longview ISD, Pine Tree ISD, and the City of Longview Geographic Information Systems. Longview ISD will also host a free open house of their Career and Technology programs at Longview High School.
As part of an overall Industry Appreciation effort held throughout February, Big Techs is a collaborative effort of the Longview Economic Development Corporation, the Longview Convention and Visitors Bureau, and several area industries. 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 Longview Economic Development Corporation received a “Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award” from the International Economic Development Council for the Big Techs 2018 event.