Cast your votes! Top 16 products move forward in Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest

MADISON — Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Johnson Financial Group announced on Monday, Sept. 16 the Top 16 products moving forward in the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest. The products will now compete in the bracket-style tournament known as Manufacturing Madness.

After a record-breaking 43,498 votes in the first round, the Top 16 Coolest Things Made in Wisconsin are:

#1 Seed
Henry Repeating Arms
Big Boy All-Weather Rifle
Rice Lake

#2 Seed
Mercury Racing
450R Outboard Motor
Fond du Lac

#3 Seed
DR Power 30” Wide Area Mower

#4 Seed
John Deere Horicon Works
X739 Signature Series Lawn Tractor

#5 Seed
Mayville Engineering Company
400 Defender Clay Target Machine

#6 Seed
Palermo Villa, Inc.
Screamin’ SicilianTM

#7 Seed
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
124’ Ice-Breaking Passenger/Vehicle Ferry
Sturgeon Bay

#8 Seed
Bucky’s Cherry Berry Sparkling Water

#9 Seed
Tapped Maple Syrup, LLC
Infused Maple Syrup
Stevens Point

#10 Seed
GLK Foods, LLC
OH SNAP! Dilly Bites
Bear Creek

#11 Seed
LDV, Inc.
Custom Specialty Vehicles

#12 Seed
Scag Power Equipment
Windstorm Stand-On Blowing Machine

#13 Seed
Basler Turbo Conversions
BT-67 Aircraft

#14 Seed
The Swiss Colony
Petits Fours

#15 Seed
Spike Brewing Equipment
Nano Brewing System

#16 Seed
Children’s Book Series “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”
Stevens Point

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. Individuals can begin voting on Tuesday, Sept. 17 and voting will conclude at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. To cast a ballot in all eight matchups, anyone can visit

The Top 8 products will be announced via Facebook Live on Monday, Sept. 23 once again on WMC’s Facebook page.

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