Contest asks people to vote as part of Manufacturing Month
(Madison, WI) Wisconsin companies make an impressive and incredibly diverse list of products, from U.S. Navy combat vessels and Harley Davidson motorcycles to the world’s best cheese and great beer to wash it down with. Now the Statewide Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Johnson Financial Group, wants Wisconsinites to vote on which of those thousands of products is the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), which is the state’s combined Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers’ Association, encourages people to nominate a Wisconsin made product by visiting www.madeinwis.com. Nominations are currently being accepted and will end August 31 with voting beginning in September. Johnson Financial Group is sponsoring the contest.
The winner will be announced on October 18 at the State of Wisconsin Business Luncheon Event. The date was selected because it is in October, which has been designated as Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin by Governor Walker since 2012. The goal of both Manufacturing Month and the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest is to celebrate Wisconsin’s largest business sector (20% of state GDP) and to promote manufacturing careers.
“We want to create more excitement and buzz around Manufacturing Month,” said Kurt R. Bauer, WMC president/CEO. “By undertaking this contest to determine What is the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin, we want manufacturers and Wisconsin residents to start nominating products on our website, and we want people, especially young people, to start a conversation about manufacturing and participate in voting in September.”
Will the winner be a Trek bicycle, a Marquis yacht, a Mercury Marine or Evinrude outboard engine, an Oshkosh Defense tactical vehicle, an Ariens snow throw, a Briggs & Stratton power washer, a Seagrave fire truck, a Case tractor, a Kohler bathroom fixture, Kikkoman soy sauce or a pair of Allen-Edmond shoes?
“The list of possibilities is nearly endless and the more we talk about it, the more we educate people about what is made in Wisconsin, which creates awareness of Wisconsin’s manufacturing prowess and the career options available to young people,” Bauer said.
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) is the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturers’ association. WMC represents 3,800 employers of all sizes and from every sector of the economy.
For more information or to enter a product in the contest, visit www.madeinwis.com. Follow @WisconsinMC on twitter, WMC on Facebook, and WI_Mfg_Commerce on Instagram and use #madeinwis to join the conversation.