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.
The 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.