(WFRV) – When Wisconsin is known for producing a wide range of top-quality products, it’s difficult to say which ones are the best. However, a recent state-wide tournament is now insisting Wisconsinites make this difficult decision and vote for which Wisconsin-made products they deem are the best of the best.
On Friday, the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Johnson Financial Group announced that after nearly 50,000 votes were cast within the past week, they have finally identified the top 16 Wisconsin-made products moving on in this year’s Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin Contest.
The following items listed below will be moving on to a bracket-style tournament called “Manufacturing Madness” which will require residents to continue casting their votes for which of these items should continue onto the next round.
|#1 Seed||Caterpillar Global Mining – Cat Electric Rope Shovel|
|#2 Seed||Kwik Trip – Glazer Donuts|
|#3 Seed||Mercury Marine – V12 600hp Verado Outboard Engine|
|#4 Seed||Absolut Manufacturing – WiNDR|
|#5 Seed||Broadwind Heavy Fabrications – 140 Ton Navy Crane|
|#6 Seed||BenShot – Aircraft Propeller Glasses|
|#7 Seed||BRP US Inc. – Sea-Doo Switch|
|#8 Seed||Astronautics Corporation of America – Badger Pro + Flight Display|
|#9 Seed||Pentenwell Industries LLC – Camp-Inn Travel Trailers|
|#10 Seed||MEC Outdoors – 611 XP Clay Target Machine|
|#11 Seed||Krier Foods – Jolly Good Soda|
|#12 Seed||Drexel Building Supply – Off-Site Construction Residential Building|
|#13 Seed||BayTek Entertainment – Skee-Ball|
|#14 Seed||Brakebush Brothers Inc. – Brakebush Signature Crispy Fillet|
|#15 Seed||American Excelsior Co. – Power-Stop Archery Targets|
|#16 Seed||New Glarus Brewing Co. – Spotted Cow|
The first round of the tournament will consist of eight head-to-head matchups that will determine the Top 8 Coolest Things Made in Wisconsin. Individuals can begin voting on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 9:30 a.m. and voting will conclude at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28. To cast a ballot in all eight matchups, anyone can visit www.madeinwis.com.
“Wisconsin’s rich manufacturing heritage is recognized throughout the world, but it is the industry’s hardworking men and women who really shine,” said Jim Popp, Johnson Financial Group President & CEO. “The pride and passion manufacturing employees put into their craft every day is evident in Wisconsin-made products found around the world.”