Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce has recently released its list of over 100 nominees for the eighth annual “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin” contest. The nominees encompass a wide range of products, including cheese, a Skee-Ball machine, clothing made from recycled water bottles, a car featured on Jay Leno’s Garage, and drinking glasses with propellers. The diverse selection highlights the state’s thriving manufacturing industry.
According to Nick Novak, WMC’s Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry owes its success to the hardworking and innovative employees in the state. In addition to showcasing the products, this contest also highlights the career opportunities and economic impact of the manufacturing sector as a whole.
Voting for the contest will commence on Friday, with the first round determining the Top 16. The subsequent rounds will follow a tournament-style bracket called “Manufacturing Madness,” and the ultimate winner will be revealed on October 19. More details on the contest can be found at the official website, madeinwis.com.
In previous years, the winners have included an electric fire truck produced by Pierce Manufacturing and a 140-ton Navy crane manufactured by Manitowoc’s Broadwind Heavy Fabrications. This year’s contenders are equally impressive, with Northeastern Wisconsin featuring products such as mushroom gin and gourmet popcorn, as well as a variety of offerings from other regions in the state.
Among the notable candidates are the Desert Storm Edition Chair from Vyper Industrial, the ecoMAX Cool from NPS Holdings LLC, the HCC/HPC-100 Filling Line from HART Design & Manufacturing, the Sway Lounge Seating from KI, and the All American Canner from All American 1930.
The contest also includes Central Wisconsin’s beef sticks and custom photo engravings, Marshfield Furniture’s Simply Yours Collection, Wenzel’s Farm’s Beef Stick, Tin Can End – Peel & Stick – Valved End from Roastar, and Castile Bright Silver Foil Dual Metal Label Stock from Wausau Coated Products, Inc. Wisconsin Rapids highlights Wenzel’s Farm, where employees set a Guinness World Record for creating the longest meat snack stick, measuring a staggering 314 feet.
Milwaukee brings a variety of products to the table, including EcoEvie Apparel, PAD-ROO from Dakonte Product Group Inc., Palermo’s Pizza from Palermo Villa Inc., and the Torrent3 Treatment System from Rapid Radicals Technology Inc.
With such an impressive lineup, the “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin” contest is sure to captivate the attention of residents and showcase the state’s thriving manufacturing sector.
Source: The Appleton Post-Crescent