Cheese.  Beer.  Motorcycles.  Farm equipment.  Boats.  A lot of great things are made in Wisconsin.  Some of these items are useful, some are practical, and some are "cool". Your vote can decide what product comes out on top in 2020.

The Coolest Thing Made In Wisconsin Contest is run by a joint-venture with the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce along with Johnson Financial Group.  2020 marks the fifth consecutive year that the award is being handed out - to a worthy product.

Nominations are being solicited online through September 4.  The award organizers will then put together a "bracket-style" online voting challenge, with the eventual winner being announced on October 14.

According to new sources, the award contest has been open to a wide-variety of products in years past:

"Products that made the top 16 list in 2019 included a rifle made in Rice Lake, an outboard motor made in Fond du Lac, infused Maple syrup from Stevens Point and a John Deere lawn tractor from Horicon. Past products to be nominated have included motorcycles, military vehicles, cheese products, boats, generators, food carts, iron castings, beer, all-terrain vehicles, snow blowers and more."

To be eligible for nomination (and a potential win), products must meet the following requirements:

  • The product must be manufactured in Wisconsin.
  • The company headquarters does not need to be in Wisconsin, but the product must be manufactured in a Wisconsin-based facility.
  • The product must be made using a manufacturing process. For example, a restaurant that makes “made to order” pizzas would not qualify but a food manufacturer that mass-produces frozen pizzas would. Not sure if your product qualifies?
  • Companies may only have one product featured in the Top 16, so only one product nomination per company is encouraged.

There are also qualifiers that determine how soon after winning a product can be nominated and general requirements and rules for voting from the general public.  Click here to submit your nomination - and then follow along to vote.

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