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Illinois Producers’ Affiliation Launches Fifth Annual “Makers Insanity” Contest to Title The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois

February 14, 2024

Illinois Producers’ Affiliation Launches Fifth Annual “Makers Insanity” Contest to Title The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois

Illinois-Made Merchandise Take Highlight as Nominations Open for Bracket-Type Match

SPRINGFIELD – Voters searching for distinctive and progressive candidates to rally behind will quickly have their say, because the Illinois Producers’ Affiliation (IMA) immediately launched the fifth annual “Makers Insanity” contest, a bracket-style event to call The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois.

Offered by Comcast Enterprise, the competitors celebrates the unimaginable work of producers throughout Illinois, who’ve lengthy served because the spine of our state’s financial system. Manufacturing is the largest contributor of any business to the state’s Gross Home Product, supporting almost a 3rd of all jobs in Illinois and contributing greater than $580 billion to the state’s financial system every year.

Nominations for The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois at the moment are being accepted at, the place voting will happen all through the competition. Any product manufactured in Illinois may be nominated. Whereas qualifying merchandise have to be made in Illinois, the producers’ headquarters should not have to be within the state. Nominations shall be accepted by means of 11:59 p.m. on March 3. Voting to slim the sphere to the Prime 16 merchandise will start March 5, with consecutive rounds of voting happening every week. The competition will culminate with an awards ceremony on April 10 on the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, the place The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois 2024 winner shall be named.

“This contest turns the highlight on the various wonderful merchandise created by producers throughout our state and we stay up for seeing which objects seize the hearts and minds of voters,” stated Mark Denzler, President and CEO of the Illinois Producers’ Affiliation. “The manufacturing business is pushed by innovation, and this competitors underscores the necessity for policymakers to help investments that permit producers to make groundbreaking merchandise whereas creating jobs and bringing financial prosperity to our communities.”

Producers in Illinois produce every thing from life-saving therapies and medicines to electrical autos and elements used for house exploration. Our producers hold retailer cabinets stocked with nutritious meals and delectable snacks and create sporting gear used all over the place from neighborhood fields to skilled leagues. They construct agricultural gear and create high-tech devices and elements used for nationwide protection and produce vitality to energy our houses and companies.

“We’re excited to shine a lightweight on the progressive services and products made proper right here in Illinois,” stated Sean McCarthy, Comcast’s Regional Vice President of Enterprise Improvement and Strategic Initiatives. “Comcast is proud to associate with the IMA on Makers Insanity once more this 12 months and to assist energy Illinois’ manufacturing sector by offering state-of-the-art connectivity and expertise.”

To make sure the state’s manufacturing sector stays sturdy, the IMA is advocating for the passage of a number of measures this legislative session. Priorities embrace proposals to help college students and households coming into the workforce by means of pupil mortgage employer tax credit and scholarships, advancing the event of cutting-edge expertise by modernizing the state’s Analysis & Improvement tax credit score, and permitting carbon seize and sequestration to assist the state attain its clear vitality objectives.

Earlier contest winners embrace the Rosenberg Moon Habitat, the 3D printed polymer construction designed to deal with people on the moon, manufactured by Ingersoll Machine Instruments in Rockford; Rivian’s all-electric R1T truck made in Regular, the primary all-electric truck in manufacturing that includes 4 motors, with one powering every wheel; the Self-Regulating Site visitors Sign Heater by Termico Applied sciences in Elk Grove Village, which makes use of conductive particles to warmth visitors indicators so they continue to be freed from ice and snow and visitors can safely navigate our roadways; and the 797F Mining Truck manufactured by Caterpillar, Inc. in Decatur, the world’s largest mechanical truck.

Timeline of occasions:

  • February 14 – March 3: Nominations accepted at
  • March 5 – March 17: Voting on nominations to find out the Prime 16
  • March 19 – March 24: First spherical of voting to find out Prime 8
  • March 26 – March 31: Second spherical of voting to find out Prime 4
  • April 2 – April 7: Ultimate spherical of voting
  • April 10: Winner of The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois introduced

Concerning the Illinois Producers’ Affiliation (IMA)

The Illinois Producers’ Affiliation is the one statewide affiliation devoted solely to advocating, selling and strengthening the manufacturing sector in Illinois. The IMA is the oldest and largest state manufacturing commerce affiliation in the US, representing almost 4,000 firms and services. For extra data, go to


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