Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce has trimmed the field of products to eight for its Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest and voting to determine the four finalists begins today.
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Assembled Milwaukee-Eight engines at Harley-Davidson's Powertrain Operations factory in Menomonee Falls, Wis., await shipment for final vehicle assembly. (PRNewsFoto/Harley-Davidson)[/caption]
The contest, now in its second year, started in August with nearly 150 products receiving nominations. A popular vote in during the first week of September determined the top 16.
The top vote getters were put in a bracket-style tournament dubbed Manufacturing Madness. WMC said it received more than 91,000 votes for the round of 16. The remaining matchups include:
- Uncle Mike's Bake Shoppe - Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Kringle (Seed #1) vs. Oshkosh Corporation - Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (Seed #5)
- Mercury Marine - Joystick Piloting System (Seed #14) vs. Kraft Heinz Company - Philadelphia Cream Cheese (Seed #10)
- Generac Power Systems - XC Generator (Seed #2) vs. Sargento - Balanced Breaks (Seed #11)
- Trane - CenTraVac Water-Cooled Chiller (Seed #4) vs. Ariens Company - Sno-Thro (Seed #8)
Voting to determine the final four will run through 11:59 p.m. Friday. Individuals can vote in each of the matchups once every 24 by visiting MadeInWis.com.
Harley-Davidson's Milwaukee Eight engine won the contest last year.