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Made in the New North

Posted on Nov 30, 2017 :: Made in the New North
Sean P. Johnson
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

OSHKOSH CORP. OVERPOWERED ITS neighbors to win the crown of manufacturer of the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin for 2017.

Dubbed Manufacturing Madness, companies vied in a statewide bracket-style competition. Oshkosh Defense’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, which is used in military operations around the world, overcame stiff competition from three other Northeast Wisconsin manufacturers in the final-four round of balloting, announced Oct. 16.

1217_MITNN_2The Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest is run by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and sponsored by Johnson Financial Group. Nearly 150 Wisconsin-made products were nominated for the second annual contest.

A popular vote pared down that list to the top 16 in early September. Final-four balloting took place Oct. 10 to 16, and
more than 200,000 votes were cast. Joining Oshkosh Corp. in the final four were: Generac’s XC Generator, Mercury Marine’s Joystick Piloting System, and Ariens Co.’s Sno-Thro.