WMC, Johnson Financial Group Announce Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin Winner

After more than 175,000 votes were cast, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and Johnson Financial Group announced Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe (De Pere) and its Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Kringle as the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin. The winner was unveiled at the State of Wisconsin Business & Industry Luncheon on Tuesday in Madison.

The third annual contest featured nearly 160 nominees that competed in a popular vote in early September to get into the Top 16. The Wisconsin-made products that made the Top 16 were placed into a tournament-style bracket known as “Manufacturing Madness.” Head to head matchups took place until four finalists were determined.

The Top 4 competed once again in a popular vote, and the Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Kringle came out on top.

“As we celebrate Manufacturing Month this October, the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest is a fun way for people all around our great state to not only see all the cool products made here, but actually help decide what truly is the coolest,” said WMC President & CEO Kurt R. Bauer. “In addition to showcasing our vibrant and diverse manufacturing sector, this contest also gives us the opportunity to highlight the thousands of family-supporting careers available in the industry.”

Nominees for the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin covered a wide range of products. From metal fabrication and food production to automation components and machinery, Wisconsin makes a long line of cool things.

In 2017, the winner was Oshkosh Corporation and its Joint Light Tactical vehicle, and the winner of the first statewide contest in 2016 was Harley Davidson and its Milwaukee Eight Engine.

“When you say you are from Wisconsin, it means something. We have a workforce of talented and diverse individuals who have developed meaningful partnerships with their local communities,” said Johnson Financial Group CEO Jim Popp. “These partnerships have formed the foundation of Wisconsin’s success and leadership in Manufacturing. Today, we congratulate all Wisconsin manufacturers!”

Nearly 20,000 votes in the last round determined the ultimate winner. The other finalists were C.C. Moo, LLC (Stoughton) and its Medically Adaptive Clothing; John Deere (Horicon) and its Gator XUV835R; and Cardiac Science Corporation (Deerfield) and its Power Heart G5 Automated External Defibrillator (AED) with Intellisense CPR Feedback.

To find out more about Wisconsin Manufacturing Month, please visit www.WIManufacturingMonth.org.



Seed 1 – Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe – Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Kringle – De Pere, WI

Kringle made with European Style Butter. Filled with Crunchy Pecan Caramel filling. Iced then topped with our homemade caramel, sea salt and pecans. Awarded the Best Kringle in North America.



Seed 2 – C.C. Moo LLC – Medically Adaptive Feeding Tube Clothing – Stoughton, WI

A stylish and discreet G-tube clothing line to provide ease and convenience to all families with infants and toddlers who desire a unique way to minimize the hassle of G-tube feedings.



Seed 3 – Generac Power Systems – 22kW WiFi Connected Home Standby Generator – Waukesha, WI

A home standby generator which senses outages and turn itself on within seconds when there’s a utility power outage. Generac’s 22kW home backup generator is now Wi-Fi-enabled via its Mobile Link remote monitoring feature.



Seed 4 – Komatsu – P&H 4800XPC Electric Rope Shovel – Milwaukee, WI

The 4800XPC can move 270,000 pounds of material every 33 seconds with a single load, equivalent to: 1 million Usinger’s brats, 270,000 pints of Miller Lite or nearly 279 Harley Davidson Road Glide Ultras. The 4800XPC represents the largest class of mining shovel available on the market today.



Seed 5 – Greenheck Fan Corporation – Model DS – Schofield, WI

With wingspans up to an astounding 24 feet, the DS is one of the largest ceiling fans on the market today. This enormous size allows the fan to move massive amounts of air, producing a gentle breeze that can make you feel up to 10°F cooler on hot summer days.



Seed 6 – Klarbrunn – Bucky’s Cherry Berry – Watertown, WI

Bucky’s Cherry Berry is Klarbrunn’s newest of fourteen sparkling water flavors. The zero calories, zero sweeteners, and zero sodium drink is available at Wisconsin retailers in 12-pack 12-ounce cans.


Seed 7  – Caged Crow Fabrication – Custom Food Trucks – St. Germain, WI

The shop specializes in building unique custom food trucks, concession trailers and mobile businesses with a focus on providing quality craftsmanship, functionality and originality to each and every project.


Seed 8 – John Deere Horicon Works – Gator XUV835R – Horicon, WI

This Gator sets a new standard for performance and comfort in the utility vehicle category and includes more than 90 additional attachment accessories for the John Deere to be completely customizable to meet new challenges and chores.


Seed 9- Briess Malt & Ingredients – Specialty Malts – Chilton, WI

Handcrafted Specialty Malts from America’s Heartland create a wide range of different, unique ingredients to solve color, flavor, processing and label challenges.


Seed 10 – Burger Boat Company – Burger Custom Yachts – Manitowoc, WI

Burger Boat Yachts is responsible for building custom yachts that are at the height of luxury. In the last year, they delivered a 48 foot yacht designed for the Great Lakes and a nearly 104 foot yacht that is capable of cruising the world.


Seed 11 – GE Healthcare – LOGIQ E10 – Waukesha, WI

The new generation of high-end radiology ultrasound system, the LOGIQ™ E10, is a fully digital system that integrates artificial intelligence technology, cloud connectivity and advanced algorithms to acquire and reconstruct data faster than ever before. As a result, it enables confident diagnosis with comprehensive tools and concise workflow.


Seed 12 – Dental Crafters – Fixed Implant Prosthetic – Marshfield, WI

Custom machined dental prosthetic. These products help build confidence and improve the quality of life for dental patients.


Seed 13 – Jones Sign Company – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Guitar Sign – Green Bay, WI

Installed at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, this 60’ guitar was fabricated, painted, and illuminated by Jones Sign in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As one of the most recognized features of Hard Rock, it draws in visitors from all over the country and world.


Seed 14 – Cardiac Science Corporation – Powerheart G5 Automated External Defibrillator (AED) with Intelliscense CPR Feedback – Deerfield, WI

The Powerheart® G5 with Intellisense CPR Feedback is the first FDA-cleared AED to combine fully automatic shock delivery, dual-language functionality, variable escalating energy and fast shock times. Patented Rescue Ready technology self-checks critical electrical components including the medical grade battery and rescue pads.


Seed 15 – Accury Incorporated – CyberKnife System – Madison, WI

The CyberKnife System is the only fully robotic radiation delivery system in the world. It provides a non-invasive treatment for conditions throughout the body, including tumors of the prostate, lung, brain, spine, head and neck, liver, pancreas, kidney and certain gynecologic indications.


Seed 16 – Seven Marine – 627sv “World’s Most Powerful Outboard Motor” – Germantown, WI

The 627sv is the world’s most powerful outboard motor, featuring 627 horsepower, a 6.2L supercharged Cadillac CTS-V V-8, closed loop cooling system, water cooled stainless steel exhaust and a drive-by-wire throttle. Additionally each 627sv is fully customizable to match your boat on the water.


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