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Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin: Voting to Determine Finalists Begins Today

MADISON – The Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest is down to eight semi-finalists, and voting at started this morning to determine who will move onto the next round.The contest – created by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and sponsored by Johnson Financial Group – showcases a number of “cool” products that are made in the state. Nearly 150 products were nominated in August, and a popular vote during the first week of September determined the top 16.
Those products were placed in a bracket-style tournament called Manufacturing Madness, and more than 91,000 votes from Sept. 18 to Sept. 25 dictated the Top 8 Coolest Things Made in Wisconsin.
“As we highlight each of these great companies and products that are made here in Wisconsin, we are also putting the spotlight on the rewarding career opportunities in manufacturing,” said WMC President/CEO Kurt R. Bauer.
This round of voting will determine the four finalists who will compete for the title: Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin. Individuals can vote from Monday, Oct. 2 to 11:59PM on Friday Oct. 6.
“We have already received over 120,000 votes, and we hope even more people join in on the fun as we vote this week for the four finalists,” Bauer added.

Here are the Top 8 products:
Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe – Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Kringle (Seed #1)
Oshkosh Corporation – Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (Seed #5)

Mercury Marine – Joystick Piloting System (Seed #14)
Kraft Heinz Company – Philadelphia Cream Cheese (Seed #10)

Generac Power Systems – XC Generator (Seed #2)
Sargento – Balanced Breaks (Seed #11)

Trane – CenTraVac Water-Cooled Chiller (Seed #4)
Ariens Company – Sno-Thro (Seed #8)

The winner of the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin will be announced at the State of Wisconsin Business & Industry Luncheon on October 16 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.Individuals can vote in each of the matchups once every 24 hours for the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin by visiting

Click the play button below to watch the Top 8 Announcement Video:




For more information, contact:
Nick Novak, 608.258.3400




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