WMC & Johnson Financial Group Announce 2019 Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin

After more than 240,000 votes were cast, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Johnson Financial Group announced the Henry Repeating Arms Big Boy All-Weather Rifle as the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin. The winner was unveiled at the WMC Foundation Business & Industry Luncheon on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

The fourth 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 clinched 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 Big Boy All-Weather Rifle – manufactured in Rice Lake – came out on top.

“The Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest is meant to showcase the top industry in our state and all the cool things we make here every single day,” said WMC President & CEO Kurt Bauer. “Not only do we make cool things in Wisconsin, the careers available in manufacturing are pretty cool, too. As we celebrate manufacturing month this October, it is important to recognize the nearly 500,000 Wisconsinites who make not only the coolest things in our state, but in my opinion, around the globe.”

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.

Past winners have included Uncle Mike’s Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Kringle, Oshkosh Corporation’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and Harley Davidson’s Milwaukee Eight Engine.

“When a product is ‘Made in Wisconsin,’ it means something,” said Johnson Financial Group President & CEO Jim Popp. “We are proud to have meaningful partnerships built with local manufacturers in communities throughout the state. Wisconsin is a true leader in manufacturing, and we congratulate all manufacturers who choose the Badger State as their home.”

Rice Lake’s Henry Repeating Arms received the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin trophy on Tuesday in front of a crowd of 500 business leaders. The trophy – also made in Wisconsin – was manufactured by E.K. Machine in Fall River and is made of machined aluminum block with a powder-coated finish.

Over 30,000 votes were cast in the last round to determine the ultimate winner. The other finalists were LDV, Inc. and its custom specialty vehicles (Burlington), MEC Outdoors and its 400 Defender Clay Target Machine (Mayville), and Mercury Racing and its 450R Outboard Motor (Fond du Lac).

Here’s the breakdown:

Aug. 12 to Aug. 30 – Nominations Accepted
Sept. 9 to Sept. 15 – Popular Vote to Determine the Field of 16
Sept. 16 – Announce the Top 16
Sept. 17 to Sept. 22 – 1st Round of the Bracket
Sept. 23 – Announce the Top 8
Sept. 24 to Sept. 29 – 2nd Round of the Bracket
Sept. 30 – Announce Top 4
Oct. 1 to Oct. 8 – Final Round
Oct. 8 – Winner Announced

2019 Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin Nominees

1UP USAQuick RackProduct WebsiteProduct Image
3DT LLCPlasmaDyne ProProduct WebsiteProduct Image
A1 Cable Solutions, Inc.The Pedal Power DisplayProduct WebsiteProduct Image
ABC Box CoCorrugated CastleProduct WebsiteProduct Image
ActiveDogs.conPatriotic Service Dog VestProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Advantech Manufacturing, Inc.Precision Sonic Sifter SieveProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Alliance Laundry SystemsSpeed Queen Washers and DryersProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Alto-ShaamVector® Multi-Cook Ovens with Structured Air Technology®Product WebsiteProduct Image
American Champion AircraftAircraft: Decathlon, Citabria, ScoutProduct WebsiteProduct Image
AMERICAN SPORTS LAMINATE, LLCSnurfer snowboards and sledsProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Amy’s Gourmet ApplesPecan Turtle Caramel Apple w/ Milk Belgian ChocolateProduct WebsiteProduct Image
ANN SACKS by Kohler WastLABANN SACKS Crackle CollectionProduct WebsiteProduct Image
AprilaireMERV 13 Odor Reduction FilterProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Aquarius SystemsTrash HunterProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Arcways, IncModern Stairway DramaProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Barbara Smits Artworks“Nearing Leopold’s Shack On The Wisconsin River, Morning”Product WebsiteProduct Image
Basler Turbo ConversionsBasler BT-67 AircraftProduct WebsiteProduct Image
SurfaceWorksClara Classroom TablesProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Befour, Inc.Athletic ScalesProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Bemis Mfg. Co.All-polymer Shopping CartProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Bending BranchesCatalyst Canoe PaddleProduct WebsiteProduct Image
BevmitBevmit Beverage MittProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Blue Poppy BathDill Pickle Lip BalmProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Broaster CompanyBroasted Chicken Pressure FryersProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Build-A-BowMonarch Butterfly Bow tieProduct WebsiteProduct Image
BW PapersystemsCorrugatorProduct WebsiteProduct Image
C3 Custom CoolersC3 Cooler remote control rover coolerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Cain Industries, inc.Boiler EconomizerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
CamecaLEAP 5000 Atom Probe MicroscopeProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Cap-Pack Truck ProductsCap-Pack Sport Storage SystemProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Carignan Innovations LLCFirstrike Fishing EquipmentProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Carron Net Company, Inc.Quarterback Training NetsProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Cedar Crest Ice CreamChocolate Cookie ExtremeProduct WebsiteProduct Image
CGH Woodcrafters, LLCLake ArtProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Cheata BikesNew Apollo Hybrid DriveProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Chics-N-Dip LLCI’m Too Sexy for My Beer Belly DipProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Chrome DomzChrome Domz Bucky BadgerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Clutch Energy DrinkClutch Energy DrinkProduct WebsiteProduct Image
CMD Corporation1270GDS – Drawtape Garbage Bag MachineProduct WebsiteProduct Image
CNC SOLUTIONS LLC10DER Robotic MachineProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Construction Forms, Inc.RailCart Tunnel PlacerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Cummins Sales and ServiceFire Pump Drive EnginesProduct WebsiteProduct Image
DarkAeroDarkAero 1 Kit AircraftProduct WebsiteProduct Image
DerseBadger Meter Trade Show ExhibitProduct WebsiteProduct Image
DeVere Company, Inc.Security Floor SanitizerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Diamond Kote Building ProductsRigidStack SidingProduct WebsiteProduct Image
EatonArc-reduction VFI transformerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Elipticon Wood Products Inc.Radius Window casingProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Enkor Interior AccentsBarnwood Interior Wall PlanksProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Everbrite, LLCMcDonald’s SignsProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Excalibur Automobile CorporationExcalibur Classic AutomobileProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding124′ Ice-Breaking Passenger/Vehicle FerryProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Catalytic Combustion CorporationFlip Flop GrillProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Fork Farms LLCFlex Farm  288 Hydroponic SystemProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Generac Power SystemsDR 30″ Wide Area MowerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Getzen Musical InstrumnetsTrumpetProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Glenroy, Inc.STANDCAP Inverted PouchesProduct WebsiteProduct Image
GLK Foods, LLCOH SNAP!®  Dilly BitesProduct WebsiteProduct Image
GS GLOBAL RESOURCESConfigurable CabsProduct WebsiteProduct Image
GulfstreamLuxury AircraftProduct WebsiteProduct Image
H. O. Bostrom Company, Inc.Zip Clean Washable CoversProduct WebsiteProduct Image
HaloVinoNoGlass Wine GlassProduct WebsiteProduct Image
HellermannTytonCable TieProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Henry RepeatingHenry Big Boy All-Weather RifleProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Infratherm Products, Inc.Sweeter HeaterProduct WebsiteProduct Image
InproFireline™ Fire BarriersProduct WebsiteProduct Image
InSinkEratorEvolution Excel Garbage DisposalProduct WebsiteProduct Image
John Deere Horicon WorksJohn Deere X739 Signature Series Lawn TractorProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Jones Sign Company IncChase Center Rooftop SignProduct WebsiteProduct Image
JW SpeakerNew LED Headlight – EVO J3Product WebsiteProduct Image
Kenco Label & Tag Co.,LLCKenco-LP Retail Security TagProduct WebsiteProduct Image
KISway Lounge ChairProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Kick Ash ProductsDoor County Love Artisan GranolaProduct WebsiteProduct Image
King ConeKing Cone: Salted Caramel Truffle Ice CreamProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Kirsan EngineeringTool CartProduct WebsiteProduct Image
KlarbrunnKlarbrunn Bucky’s Cherry BerryProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Kraft Heinz CompanyPhiladelphia Brand Cream CheeseProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Lakeside Foods/Riverside Foods, Inc. Pepper Jack WrapProduct WebsiteProduct Image
LDV, Inc.LDV Custom Specialty VehiclesProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Lippmann Milwaukee3055 Jaw CrusherProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Luvata Appleton LLCSunwireProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Luvata Appleton LLCBattery WireProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Luvata Appleton LLCSea WireProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Marquis YachtsLEXUS SPORT YACHTSProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Masonite ArchitecturalAspiro Series DoorsProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Match Grade MedicalSolorail Knee PositionerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Mathews Archery Inc2019 vertixProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Max WeissCurved Structural Steel – Milwaukee Bucks ArenaProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Mayville Engineering Company, Inc.400 Defender Clay Target MachineProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Meca SportswearLetter JacketsProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Melody Gardens Restaurant and SkatelandCranberry Ice CreamProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Mercury Racing450R Outboard MotorProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Merrill SteelStructural Steel – Las Vegas Raiders StadiumProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Messer Cutting Sytems, Inc.MPC2000 MC Plasma CutterProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Metal Art of WisconsinThe Freedom Cabinet™Product WebsiteProduct Image
Miller Electric Mfg. LLCXMT® 350 FieldPro™ WelderProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Motivo, IncMotivo Tour WalkerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
N.E.W. Plastics Corp.REVOLVE Composite Decking by RENEW PlasticsProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Nelson and Pade, Inc.Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®Product WebsiteProduct Image
New Community ShelterCheesy ScarfProduct WebsiteProduct Image
NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, LLCRadioGenix® System (technetium Tc 99m generator)Product WebsiteProduct Image
ONKÖLONKÖLProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Palermo Villa, Inc.Screamin’ Sicilian™Product WebsiteProduct Image
Palmer Hamilton, LLCReload Mobile TableProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC)Fusion C Flexographic Printing PressProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Parallel 44 Vineyard and WineryFrozen Tundra Red WineProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Perfect Peel the Baker’s BoardWood Pizza peelProduct WebsiteProduct Image
PerlickCustomized Bar SystemsProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Phoenix LLCAccelerator-Based Neutron GeneratorProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Photonic Cleaning Technologies, LLCFirst Contact PolymerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Plymouth FoamAIREHIDE® Pet toysProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Ponderosa Dairy Products, LLCFiesta String CheeseProduct WebsiteProduct Image
PRESSPRESS Premium Alcohol SeltzerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Prolitec Inc.Aera Smart DiffuserProduct WebsiteProduct Image
RazorRazor CompanyRazorMachete & RazorDaggerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Regal WareChristopher Kimball by Regal Ware 8-quart Covered Stainless Steel StockpotProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Replace-A-Lace LLCReplace-A-LaceProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Roloff ManufacturingPatented 2-tone Spirit AnchorsProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Roving BlueRoving Blue O-PenProduct WebsiteProduct Image
S.E.A. Hamsters LLCHuman Hamster BallProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Sawmill Brewing CompanySawmill crafted BeerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Scag Power EquipmentWindstorm Stand-On Blowing MachineProduct WebsiteProduct Image
SharkCratesSharkCratesProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Simplify Your ToolsSweeper WheelsProduct WebsiteProduct Image
SliverMistEco-Harvester/ Aquatic Weed HarvesterProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Smurawa’s Country BakeryPaczkiProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Sonex Aircraft, LLCSub Sonex personal jetProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Specialty Cheese Company Inc.Just The Cheese® Crunchy Baked Cheese BarsProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Spike Brewing EquipmentSpike Nano Brewing SystemProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Sprecher Brewing CompanySprecher Root BeerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
St. Croix of Park Falls, Ltd.St. Croix Fishing RodsProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Stevens Point BreweryCiderboys Hard CiderProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Stoughton Trailers, LLCPureBlue Refrigerated TrailerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Swiss ColonyPetits FoursProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Tapped Maple Syrup, LLCTapped Infused Maple SyrupProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Taylor Dynamometer (aka “Taylor Dyno”)Hydraulic Test Center (cooler acronym “HTC”)Product WebsiteProduct Image
Thorogood by Weinbrenner Shoe CompanyThorogood American Heritage Moc Toe Work BootProduct WebsiteProduct Image
TJM Innovations, LLCGutterStuff Foam Filter InsertProduct WebsiteProduct Image
TQ DiamondsMotion W – University of WisconsinProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Traffic & Parking Control Co., Inc. (TAPCO)CV Wrong-Way Alert SystemProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Verlo MattressSleepiphany MattressProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Vulture Systems, LLCIce Vulture Ice Fishing EquipmentProduct WebsiteProduct Image
WAG Products, LLCWaterDog Adventure GearProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Waupaca ElevatorResidential ElevatorsProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Wausau Equipment CompanySnoGo® LR-44 BlowerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Webcrafters Inc a CJK Group Co.BooksProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Weber’s Farm StoreKefir Drinking Style YogurtProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Wenzel’s FarmJalapeno Cheddar Snack SticksProduct WebsiteProduct Image
WiscoBoxes, LLCWisco SamplerProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Wisconsin Oven CorporationIndustrial OvensProduct WebsiteProduct Image
Woodrow Engineering CompanyThe RITZ StickProduct WebsiteProduct Image
WorzallaChildren’s Book Series “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”Product WebsiteProduct Image
ZYN – Holistic WellnessZYN – CURCUMIN (from turmeric) Infused Healthy BeveragesProduct WebsiteProduct Image

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