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Connecting The Mobile World

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VTC Spring 2002
Connecting the Mobile World
Birmingham, Al
Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
May 6 - 9, 2002

VTC Spring 2002 Tours

Mercedes Plant - Cost = $35.00

Mercedes- Vance, AL
Depart 9:00 AM
Return 3:00 PM

Experience the star-studded history of Daimler-Benz, the world's premier automobile manufacturer. The story is chronicled in the Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center, the first of its kind outside Germany. This architectural showcase, adjacent to Daimler's only U.S. automobile manufacturing plant, brings to life the company's vision - to produce nothing less than the most exceptional automobiles in the world. Much more than a museum, the Visitor Center's exhibits propel people down a multimedia path through the past, present, and future of automotive technology.

The Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center showcases the history, quality, safety, and innovation of Mercedes- Benz. Your tour will start at the Visitor Center Museum and be welcomed by your guide, who will remain with you throughout your visit. You'll get a chance to see how the M-Class is built, from the first weld to the finishing touches with a guided walking tour of the Factory.

Safety Rules for Factory Tour

  • No Smoking on premises
  • Cameras are not permitted in Factory
  • No Canes, Crutches, or Walkers
  • Wheel Chairs are permitted
  • Children must be at least 12 yrs old to tour Factory

Dress Code

  • No Shorts
  • No Open Toe Shoes
  • Skirt or Dress must come below knees
  • Sorry no exceptions


The Factory Tour is an approximate 1 1/2 hour personally narrated walking tour of the M-Class Production facility. In order to safely tour our M-Class Factory everyone must abide by the following Safety Rules.

The web site for the Vance, Alabama facility is

Honda Plant - Cost = $ 35.00

Honda- Lincoln, AL
Depart 9:00 AM
Return 3:00 PM

Participants of the IEEE VTC Spring 2002 Conference will be visiting the Honda Manufacturing of Alabama facility in Lincoln, Alabama where the 2002 Odyssey is produced. The tour includes a detailed look at many of the manufacturing departments including Stamping, Welding, Frame Assembly, Die Casting, Machining and Engine Assembly.

Tour participants should wear comfortable, closed toe shoes since the tour route is a distance of about one mile and includes seven flights of stairs. Lunch will be provided.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center Huntsville, Alabama - Cost = $45.00

U.S. Space & Rocket Center Huntsville, AL
Depart 8:30 AM
Return 4:00 PM

A bus will transport up to 57 eager minds to one of Alabama's, and the nation's, premier attractions. The Museum at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is the showcase of the American space program. It Contains actual Apollo spacecraft returned from the Moon, spacesuits, and equipment astronauts use while preparing for missions in space. Take a bone shaking virtual tour to the red planet inside the Mission to Mars simulator or experience three times the tug of gravity as you spin inside the Centrifuge. In the Center's Rocket Park you can marvel at the 363- foot Saturn V rocket, the only one standing in the workd! You can stand under an actual-size Space Shuttle for a close up look at its rockets and engines. The self-guided tour also includes admission to the Spacedome IMAX Theater for a space-related feature on a 67-foot screen. For three hours, your address will be "One Tranquility Base, Huntsville" (including on-your-own lunch). We will depart Birmingham at 8:30 a.m. and return at 4:00 p.m. on the same day.