It takes two days, give or take, for the factory workers at Tulsa's IC Bus company to make a school bus. I saw the process play out in fast-forward Tuesday when the company opened its doors for a tour.
The assembly line starts at one end of the mile-long building as the vehicles scoot along, gradually becoming something you'd recognize as a school bus.
An escort took me and a reporter along the line, stopping here and there for photos. Rollers pushed the busses along, inch by inch, and workers kept adding parts.
After about an hour I had plenty of pictures. One of my concerns was keeping the backgrounds clean, and minimizing all the cables and wires running through the air. I also wanted to convey the massive scale of the place, so I climbed up onto a third floor walkway. The view was pretty impressive, and made the whole operation look like a busy little anthill.
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