WMC, Johnson Financial Group Announce Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin Winner


MADISON – After more than 175,000 votes were cast, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and Johnson Financial Group announced Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe (De Pere) and its Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Kringle as the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin. The winner was unveiled at the State of Wisconsin Business & Industry Luncheon on Tuesday in Madison.

The third annual contest featured nearly 160 nominees that competed in a popular vote in early September to get into the Top 16. The Wisconsin-made products that made the Top 16 were placed into a tournament-style bracket known as “Manufacturing Madness.” Head to head matchups took place until four finalists were determined.

The Top 4 competed once again in a popular vote, and the Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Kringle came out on top.

“As we celebrate Manufacturing Month this October, the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest is a fun way for people all around our great state to not only see all the cool products made here, but actually help decide what truly is the coolest,” said WMC President & CEO Kurt R. Bauer. “In addition to showcasing our vibrant and diverse manufacturing sector, this contest also gives us the opportunity to highlight the thousands of family-supporting careers available in the industry.”

Nominees for the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin covered a wide range of products. From metal fabrication and food production to automation components and machinery, Wisconsin makes a long line of cool things.

In 2017, the winner was Oshkosh Corporation and its Joint Light Tactical vehicle, and the winner of the first statewide contest in 2016 was Harley Davidson and its Milwaukee Eight Engine.

“When you say you are from Wisconsin, it means something. We have a workforce of talented and diverse individuals who have developed meaningful partnerships with their local communities,” said Johnson Financial Group CEO Jim Popp. “These partnerships have formed the foundation of Wisconsin’s success and leadership in Manufacturing. Today, we congratulate all Wisconsin manufacturers!”

Nearly 20,000 votes in the last round determined the ultimate winner. The other finalists were C.C. Moo, LLC (Stoughton) and its Medically Adaptive Clothing; John Deere (Horicon) and its Gator XUV835R; and Cardiac Science Corporation (Deerfield) and its Power Heart G5 Automated External Defibrillator (AED) with Intellisense CPR Feedback.

All nominees can be seen by visiting www.MadeInWis.com. To find out more about Wisconsin Manufacturing Month, please visit www.WIManufacturingMonth.org.


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Nick Novak, 608-258-3400