Coolest Product Contest

Harley-Davidson’s Milwaukee-Eight Engine Wins!

In the voting battle between bikes, brats, and boats, the bikes were victorious!

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Members of the H-D team who designed, built, and tested the Milwaukee-Eight Engine were in attendance at the State of Wisconsin Business Event on October 18 in Madison.

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They even road up in style to the event from their Menomonee Falls Powertrain Plant on their personal Harley-Davidson motorcycles!


Congratulations to our three finalists!

Thanks to everyone who helped submit 20,000 votes! Among more than 200 nominations, more than 30 “things” each received hundreds of votes, every product received a vote and in a close contest the finalists weren’t solidified until the last day of voting.

Our finalists are:

  • Motorcycles, Harley-Davidson, Inc., Milwaukee
  • Brats, Johnsonville Sausage, LLC, Sheboygan Falls
  • Littoral combat ship, Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Marinette
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Click here for the September 19, 2016 media release announcing the finalists.


Your state. Your choice!


Wisconsin manufacturers make some really cool things.

For Manufacturing Month, we are in search of the
Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin!

Here’s how the contest works…

  1. July 1 – August 31
    Nominations were accepted
  2. September 2 – 12
    The first round of voting narrowed the field of contestants to the top three Coolest Things. We visited the manufacturing facilities of each finalist to share behind-the-scenes videos showing how the things are made.
  3. October 1 – 15
    Final round of voting
  4. October 18
    The winner will be revealed at the WMC Foundation State of Wisconsin Business event.

Voting is closed!

We announced the winner October 18 at the State of Wisconsin Business Event. Thanks to the thousands of you who participated! Feel free to check out the finalist videos below:


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Click here

to see a full list of the nominees


September 15, 2015

Hear WMC’s Jim Pugh discuss the Coolest Thing contest on WIBA radio



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Contest presented by Johnson Financial Group

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