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National Geographic


When it absolutely has to get from Point A to B, overnight, or even in hours…every day, millions depend on UPS. To the tune of four billion packages each year. Step inside the largest, most efficient and high-tech automated delivery system on the planet in UPS. More than a courier, UPS is a transportation network of staggering proportions, complete with a meteorology centre, a flight-simulation training hub, and the eighth largest airline fleet in the world. And at the heart of it all is their Ultimate Factory in Louisville, Kentucky, a pulsing, pounding, 24/7, four million square foot one-of-a-kind technological wonder. 

In Fire Truck, see the ultimate machine that Pierce Manufacturing has created: the 100-Foot Heavy Duty Ladder model. This firefighting powerhouse is a jack-of-all-trades. It can reach 100 feet, and shoot water jet at a blaze-busting two thousand gallons a minute. Top it off with precision-point handling, breakthrough safety innovations, and superior suspension; and it's taking the fire truck to high-tech heights. 

Then Caterpillar takes your through what it takes to built a a truck the size of a two-story house, strong enough to carry 380 tons and 25 feet tall - this is the biggest mining truck in the world, the colossal 797B. Built in the USA in Decatur Illinois, It's job? Move material at high volume and low cost. But how do you build a two-story goliath. It requires a specialized factory were everything is super sized - from the plasma cutters and weld- guns to the torque tools and hand wrenches. Imagine installing a 12-foot wheel or an engine bigger than a car. From basic blue print to the completed mega truck, we'll follow the building of CAT's most colossal creation! 

Finally we take a look at the American motorhome – the Winnebago. People know to expect perfection from every motor home that is assembled in their 400,000 square foot factory in Forest City, Iowa. Here every inch of a Winnebago coach is built for life on the road. Inside and out it is carefully crafted and designed on a 1000-foot assembly line. Their newest cross-country colossus: The Vectra. Four hundred square feet of movable mansion, it's an RV revolution. With a new chassis design, this motorhome even has a 220 cubic foot basement. And it's a speed machine, cruising up to seventy-five miles an hour on the highway.