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Komatsu Mining Truck Named “The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois”

April 10, 2024

Komatsu Mining Truck Named “The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois”

 Manufactured in Peoria, the truck stands roughly 26-feet tall and options tires that weigh greater than 1,000 kilos

SPRINGFIELD – Chosen by voters from an preliminary subject of greater than 200 entries, the Komatsu mining truck made by Komatsu in Peoria has been topped the winner of the 2024 “Makers Insanity” contest, incomes the title of The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois.

Hosted by the Illinois Producers’ Affiliation and sponsored by Comcast Enterprise, the bracket-style competitors celebrates the unbelievable work of producers throughout Illinois. Producers have lengthy served because the spine of our state’s financial system and produce every part from nutritious meals and snacks to life-saving vaccines and medical remedies. Producers additionally make electrical autos, sporting tools and structural merchandise like metal, rebar and motors, in addition to chemical compounds, high-tech devices used for nationwide protection, and power to energy properties and companies. Manufacturing is the largest contributor of any industry 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.

With almost 315,000 votes solid all through the eight-week competitors, the Komatsu mining truck was awarded the title of The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois by Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday throughout a ceremony on the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield. Manufactured by Komatsu, a number one maker of building, mining, forestry, and industrial heavy tools in Peoria, the truck is a rugged, massive capability automobile used for building and mining. With a capability starting from 30 to 400 tons, the Komatsu truck is constructed for assembly productiveness targets and it comes outfitted with new improvements in suspension, transmission, electrical drive expertise and autonomous operation. It’s engineered for reliability, operator effectivity, excessive efficiency, gasoline effectivity and has a lowered carbon footprint, assembly U.S. EPA Tier 4 emission requirements.

“Congratulations to Komatsu’s mining truck for being named the 2024 Coolest Factor Made in Illinois. This magnificent building and mining automobile is a shining instance of the innovation and creativity that drives the manufacturing sector, the place large concepts grow to be merchandise that may change the world,” mentioned Mark Denzler, President and CEO of the Illinois Producers’ Affiliation. “We applaud all of the producers that participated on this 12 months’s competitors and commend the expert staff on our store flooring whose contributions assure that these improbable merchandise are made to the best requirements.”

“Komatsu’s ‘Coolest Factor in Illinois’ mining and building truck takes one thing basic to our financial system and infrastructure and continues to enhance and innovate on a primary and important idea—the very best of what manufacturing does for our state and a really distinctive product,” mentioned Governor JB Pritzker. “Congratulations to the staff of Komatsu and to all of the contestants in your distinctive work in persevering with to raise our state’s manufacturing business.”

“Komatsu is honored to obtain this unbelievable recognition, which is a testomony to the expertise and ability of our staff, who’re the very best within the enterprise,” mentioned Dan Funcannon, VP North America Engineering and Growth, Komatsu. “We’re pleased with our contributions to Illinois’ sturdy legacy of producing, the place human ingenuity transforms uncooked supplies into fashionable marvels.”

Different finalists for the title included the Mullen’s Imitation French Dressing, a scrumptious meals dressing primarily based made by Mullen’s in Palestine; the MQ-25 Stingray (Drone Refueler), an unmanned plane with aerial refueling capabilities constructed by Boeing in Mascoutah and Mod Field by Enviro Buildings, a powerful, insulated outside constructing with standardized panel sizes manufactured by Craig Industries in Quincy.

“Comcast Enterprise congratulates Komatsu’s mining truck for incomes the title of The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois.  It was thrilling to observe this 12 months’s contest because it progressed,” mentioned Sean McCarthy, Comcast’s Regional Vice President of Enterprise Growth and Strategic Initiatives. “We’re proud to help the Makers Insanity competitors and companion with the Illinois Producers’ Affiliation to showcase the superior merchandise manufactured throughout the state.”

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 & Growth tax credit score, and permitting carbon seize and sequestration to assist the state attain its clear power targets.

Earlier contest winners embrace the Rosenberg Moon Habitat, a 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 site visitors indicators so they continue to be freed from ice and snow and site 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 High 16
  • March 19 – March 24: First spherical of voting to find out High 8
  • March 26 – March 31: Second spherical of voting to find out High 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 corporations and services. For extra info, go to


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