Ag Products On The Ballot For ‘Coolest Thing’

The top 16 products moving on in the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest include agriculture. Nearly 60,000 votes were cast for over 100 products during the contest’s popular vote round. The top 16 Wisconsin-made products are moving on to Manufacturing Madness – a head-to-head bracket-style tournament.

The products showcase just how diverse Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry is, including products that impact agriculture from cow pasture shades and UTVs to butter chips and bacon. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce puts on the contest with Johnson Financial Group. WMC’s Nick Novak has the details:

Over its eight years, the contest has garnered more than one million votes, highlighting the career opportunities and economic impact of the state’s manufacturing industry.

The first round of Manufacturing Madness will consist of eight head-to-head matchups that will determine the Top 8 Coolest Things Made in Wisconsin. Voting begins on Thursday, Sep. 28 at 8 a.m. Voting concludes Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. Vote here:

The Top 16 Coolest Things Made in Wisconsin:

#1 Seed: Plexus Corp. – Appleton: Bevi Bottleless Water Dispensers

#2 Seed: Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats –Wittenberg: Applewood Smoked Bacon

#3 Seed: AriensCo. –Brillion: Ariens 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Sno-Thro

#4 Seed: Foxconn Industrial Internet –Mount Pleasant: Data Server

#5 Seed: Milwaukee Tool –Mukwonago: Bolt Safety Helmet (USA) Type 2

#6 Seed: Krier Foods –Random Lake: Jolly Good Soda

#7 Seed: Midwest Products–Germantown: Mighty Hoop

#8 Seed: John Deere Horicon Works –Horicon: Gator XUV 835R Signature Edition

#9 Seed: 7fifteen Motorworks –Three Lakes: Troy Indy Special

#10 Seed: Cedar Valley –Belgium: String Cheese

#11 Seed: Stoughton Trailers –Stoughton: Dry Van Trailer

#12 Seed: Thorogood –Merrill: American Heritage Tobacco Safety Toe Work Boot

#13 Seed: Bay Tek Entertainment, Inc. –Pulaski: Skee-Ball

#14 Seed: Minocqua Popcorn and Puffs –Minocqua: Minocqua Popcorn and Puffs

#15 Seed: AMMO, Inc. –Manitowoc: Ammunition and Brass Casings

#16 Seed: Fisher Barton –Watertown: LaserEdge Lawn Mower Blade