Which of these is the “coolest thing made in Wisconsin”?


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Who makes the ‘coolest thing made in Wisconsin’? For a 7th year, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Johnson Financial Group are asking themselves this question.

Vote started Monday, September 19. Click here to vote.

There are 121 products up for voting on the WMC website this year (read the full list below). About 30 are made in our corner of Wisconsin, including 4 products from Neenah, 4 from Sheboygan, 3 from Oshkosh, and 2 from Appleton and Oconto.

An incredible 105 products will be eliminated in the first ballotwhich ends at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27. The top 16 voters will face off in a bracket-style competition starting Thursday, September 29.

Your votes over the next month will narrow the list to four finalists, with the winner announced at an event in Madison on October 19.

Northeast Wisconsin has earned bragging rights with 3 of the last 6 winners.

2022 brings an extremely diverse list of choices, including everyday items like a clothesline, the American flag, knit hats and beanies, and machine-made pens and spinning tops. Refreshing treats like cheese curds (two brands compete), cow pies, pizza, and root beer (we noticed that Jolly Good Soda, which ranked in the top 16 last year, is back on this year’s list).

Go big in the vote with big products like a pumper fire truck, a Great Lakes freighter and a steel bridge. The manufacturing area also includes concrete batching plant, can filler, metal packaging and collapsible shipping crates.

There are earth-saving devices like an aquatic waste skimmer, a high-flow sewage treatment system, and food packaging that slows spoilage. Health care is represented by products such as body lotion, radiotherapy equipment, UV-C disinfection system and snake venom. For sports and outdoor enthusiasts, check out the all-composite NASCAR body, pickleball nets and fishing reels.

This year’s nominees, listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer, are:

3000 Series Underwater Rotary Actuator – 2G engineering (Meadow of the Sun)

Tomotherapy – Precision (Madison)

Climate Cab – Acoustic Repair Case (Viroqua)

12″ cast iron bucket attachment for a compact utility tractor – Amerequip (Kiel)

Custom lithopanes – Woodwork from another round (Nenah)

Aquatic litter skimmer – Aquarius Systems (Northern Prairies)

Mammoth 850 – Rams (Billions)

Voyager HD Mainline Inspection System – Aries Industries Inc. (Waukesha)

Cast iron pan – Austin Foundry Cookware (Sheboygan)

Cow Pie ​​– Baraboo Candy Company (Baraboo)

Large plate – BethRick Inc. (Oshkosh)

Everyday Carry Items – TicketSPIN EDC (Oshkosh)

Bittercube bitters – bitter cube (Milwaukee)

FlippinTiki – Boatlink LLC (Sheboygan Falls)

Personalized conference table – Built-Rite BR Inc. (Stanley)

Islander of Neebish III – Burger Boat Company (Manitowoc)

Hercules Pickleball Net – Carron Net Company, Inc. (Two Rivers)

Plate fin heat exchanger – Industries Chart (The Crosse)

Tomberlin E-Fusion Beachcomber – Columbia Vehicle Group (Reedsburg)

RMC-30X large format 3D printer – Compound Dynamics LLC (Wausau)

Cree Lighting Cadiant Dynamic Skylight – Cree lighting (Root)

Yacht 50GLS – Yacht Cruisers (Oconto)

BuddyBoard hanging board – Danger Buddies LLC (Butler)

DarkAéro 1 – DarkAero Inc. (Madison)

Circuit boards – Ducommun (Appleton)

Dynex PV7000 hydraulic ball pump – Dynex/Rivett Inc. (Pewaukee)

American flag – Eder Flag Mfg. Co., Inc. (Oak Creek)

All Natural Cheddar Cheese Curds – Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery (Ellsworth)

ESCAPE Tiny Homes – ESCAPE TRAVELER (rice lake)

Source Four Series 3 LEDs – ETC, Inc. (Middleton)

Home Arcade Cabinets – Extreme home arcades (Point Stevens)

Cheese curds – Feltz Dairy (Point Stevens)

M/V Mark W. Barker – Fincantieri Bay Ship (Sturgeon Bay)

NASCAR body – Five Start Fabricating, Inc. (twin lakes)

The Patrol Commander™ Ultra SSC6100 – FORCE America Inc (Waukesha)

30,000 Gallon Versatile Solvent Storage Tank – Fourinox (Ashwaubenon)

Freudenthal Mfg Clothesline – Freudental fabrication (Medford)

Generac Guardian® 26kW Home Standby Generator – Generac Power Systems (Living Water)

Pipettes, Centrifuges, Liquid Handlers – Gilson Incorporated (Middleton)

Golden Hawk Canoes – Golden Hawk LLC (Merrill)

Plant Based Queso Style Dip – good foods (pleasant meadow)

LOADMASTER 2X – S&S Manufacturing (Swamp)

Pickup Pod – Hatco Corporation (Milwaukee)

Metal packaging equipment – HeatTek (Ixonia)

Durapro trailer – Helgesen Industries (Hartford)

Aerozen Advanced Performance Coating System – Hentzen Coatings, Inc. (Milwaukee)

Body lotion – Soaps and Body Care Hippychick Penny’s (Fort Atkinson)

Trackless Trolley – Hometown Trolley (Crandon)

Powerful hoop – HoopMaster (Germantown)

Spotted Cow Tags – Inner packaging (The Crosse)

Slide Master – Innovative Industries Inc. (Antigo)

Micro-pull bars – Isometric Micro Molding, Inc. (New-Richmond)

bos screws – ITW Shakeproof Industrial (Watertown)

Mega Torque with VFD – J&D Manufacturing (Clear water)

Beef steak with kipper – Jack Link’s Protein Snacks (Minong)

Sweet potato crisps – Jackson Food Company (Muskego)

Concrete plant – JEL Manufacturing LLC (Milwaukee)

Innofill Can DVD Can Filler – KHSUSA, Inc. (Waukesha)

600 Series Folding Chairs – KI (Bonduel)

Odyssey Feta Cheese – Klondike cheese (Monroe)

The Abstra™ Collection from Kohler WasteLAB® – Kohler Company (Kohler)

P&H 4800XPC – Komatsu (Milwaukee)

Pretty good soda – Krier Foods (Random lake)

CCS Cutback Random Orbital Pads – Lake Country Manufacturing (Oconomowoc)

Non-dairy frozen dessert – Liv a Little Vegan Ice Cream (Milwaukee)

Master lacquerers – Lucky mastery (Middleton)

Magic Worm Ranch – Magical Products Inc (Amherst)

Marshfield Furniture – Marshfield Furniture Company (Swamp)

ScagEVZ – Mayville Metal Crafts (Mayville)

Gourmet popcorn – Minocqua Popcorn and Puffs (Minoca)

Cranology® – Mother Nature’s Trading Company™ (Brookfield)

Venom – MT Toxins Venom Lab (Oshkosh)

Executive Cut – Refillable Leather Folio – Murdy Creative Co. (Horicon)

Walk-in refrigerators and freezers – Norlake, Inc. (Hudson)

Concussion Assessment – Oculogical (New-Richmond)

Surfer Boy Pizza – Palermo Pizza (Milwaukee)

Indonesian Patchouli Lotion – Patchouli Garden (Park Falls)

UV-C LED Bore disinfection system – PDC Installations, Inc. (Harland)

Limited Edition Tobin Ellis Signature Series Moving Bar – pearl (Milwaukee)

HB-1 Hummingbird Feeder – Peter’s feeders (Cameroon)

Pierce® Volterra™ Pump – Pierce® Manufacturing Inc. (Appleton)

Quidel Savane – Plexus Corp. (Nenah)

Notorious PIG Pulled Pork – PS seasoning (Iron Ridge)

The Rapid Radical Treatment System – Rapid Radical Technology, LLC (Milwaukee)

Bariatric nursing manikin – Realityworks, Inc. (Clear water)

Sports floors – Robbins (White Lake)

Personalized photo engraving – Rough cutting company (Wisconsin Rapids)

Custom-Built Pressure Vessels – Samuel Pressure Vessel Group (Tomahawk)

C3 Custom Coolers – Seljan Company (Lake Mills)

SharkCrate Collapsible Shipping Crate – Shark Crates (Milwaukee)

Mach Cure – Sheboygan Paint Company (Sheboygan)

Root energy – Silver Star Nutrition (New Lisbon)

Belterra Stone Products – Silvermine Stone Company (Clear water)

Custom Archtop Jazz Guitar – Smocked Guitars (Small Fall)

SoFresh Food Waste Solutions – SoFresh, Inc. (Kenosha)

Speyco reels – Speyco Reels (Oconto)

Root Beer – Sprecher’s Brewery (Glendale)

Standard MAX SD Imaging System – Standard Imaging, Inc. (Middleton)

Intermodal chassis – Stoughton Trailers (Stoughton)

Craft mug – Sunset Hill Sandstone (Nenah)

Wine pouch – Sunset Point Vineyard (Point Stevens)

Thread rolling machines – Tesker Mfg (Saukville)

The entire Premium Top collection of allergen-free baking mixes – The Pink Bakery, Inc. (Milwaukee)

The robust and user-friendly Hercu-Hauler industrial truck – Scharine Group Inc. (Living Water)

Filamet™ – The Virtual Foundry (Stoughton)

Custom foam inserts – TraceMySpace (bangor)

Marvoloc- Tremar Corp Inc (Muskego)

Big Bag Yellow Popcorn – Valley Popcorn Company (Nenah)

Basketball Scoreboard – University grading tables (Living Water)

Steel bridge – Veritas Steel (Clear water)

XM157 NGSW-FC – Vortex® (Barneveld)

Robust Steel Max – Vyper Industrial (Green Bay)

Wander Wild Farm Bouquets* – Take a walk in the wild farm (Eagle River)

Challenger® Loaf Pan – Waupaca Foundry (Waupaca)

VIEW Collection – Weatherproof windows and doors (Medford)

Jalapeno Cheddar Meat Sticks – Wenzel Farm, LLC (Swamp)

Raw goat milk soap – Wild Root Acres LLC (Plymouth)

Alloys – Winset (Marinet)

Beanies and Knit Beanies – Wisconsin Knits, Inc. (Milwaukee)

WiLLsport ™ Lighting system for outdoor sports and entertainment – Wisconsin Lighting Lab, Inc. (Bottom of the lake)

Yogurt chips – Yips Snacks Inc. (Madison)

Powerheart® G5 AED – ZOLL Medical Society (Derfield)

*Note: Wander Wild Farm Bouquets, from Eagle River’s Wander Wild Farm, were not among the choices when voting began on September 19.)

The first round of voting ends Tuesday, September 27 at 5 p.m. Click here to vote.


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