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Voters Slim Area to Prime 16 Coolest Merchandise Made in Illinois

March 19, 2024

Voters Slim Area to Prime 16 Coolest Merchandise Made in Illinois

“Makers Insanity” Contest Lets Public Select The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – With greater than 122,000 votes solid, the sector of contenders competing within the fourth annual “Makers Insanity” contest has been narrowed to the Prime 16. Hosted by the Illinois Producers’ Affiliation, “Makers Insanity” is a bracket-style match during which voters throughout the state will resolve which product is The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois.

Offered by Comcast Enterprise, the competitors celebrates the unbelievable work of producers throughout Illinois, who’ve lengthy served because the spine of our state’s economic system. 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 economic system annually.

Greater than 200 distinctive merchandise from throughout the state had been nominated for the 2024 title of The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois. After two weeks of voting, the sector has been narrowed to the Prime 16. The highest 4 vote-getters from the preliminary spherical of voting are the BoulePro 200AX manufactured by USACH in Elgin; Mullen’s Imitation French Dressing made by Mullen’s in Palestine; P15 Tamper Evident Cap and Spout for Versatile Pouch Packaging manufactured by Hoffer Plastics Company in South Elgin; and the Gindo’s Scorching Sauce made by Gindo’s Spice of Life in St. Charles.

“These merchandise symbolize the range and creativity of Illinois’ manufacturing business, which is the heartbeat of our state’s economic system and central to the success of communities massive and small,” stated Mark Denzler, President and CEO of the Illinois Producers’ Affiliation. “We congratulate the innovators who made it to the Prime 16 and applaud the laborious work of ladies and men on manufacturing facility flooring all through Illinois. As we showcase these spectacular merchandise, we stay dedicated to working with policymakers to cross laws that may assist the manufacturing sector develop for generations to come back.”

The Makers Insanity Prime 16 matchups are as follows:

Bracket A:

  • BoulePro 200AX (USACH, Elgin) v. (4) Sensible Deal with (Aisin Mfg. Illinois/Aisin Electronics Illinois, Marion)
  • Continental Truck Tire (Continental Tire, Mt. Vernon) v. (3) Komatsu Mining Truck (Komatsu, Peoria)

Bracket B:

  • Mullen’s Imitation French Dressing (Mullen’s, Palestine) v. (4) Nature Valley Bars (Common Mills, Nature Valley, Belvidere)
  • D11 Dozer (Caterpillar, Peoria) v. (3) Vulcan Rocket Thruster Launchers (Chemring Energetic Units, Downers Grove)

Bracket C:

  • P15 Tamper Evident Cap and Spout for Versatile Pouch Packaging (Hoffer Plastics Company, South Elgin) v. (4) MQ-25 Stingray (Drone Refueler) (Boeing, Mascoutah)
  • Driver Help System – 100 Diploma Digicam (ZF, Marshall) v. (3) ActivWall (Aurora Storage Merchandise Inc., Aurora)

Bracket D:

  • Gindo’s Scorching Sauce (Gindo’s Spice of Life, St. Charles) v. (4) JAWS Pinball Machine (Stern Pinball, Elk Grove Village)
  • Nerds Gummy Clusters (Ferrara Sweet Firm, Forest Park) v. (3) Mod Field by Enviro Buildings (Craig Industries, Quincy)

Voting for the following spherical is now open and can happen at by 11:59 p.m. on March 24. Voters might solid one vote per day in every of the eight head-to-head match-ups between particular person merchandise. Consecutive rounds of voting will happen every week, with vote totals reset to zero initially of every spherical. The competition will culminate with an awards ceremony on the Governor’s Mansion on April 10 when The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois shall be named.

“We’re watching with pleasure as voting within the competitors strikes to the following stage,” stated Sean McCarthy, Comcast’s Regional Vice President of Enterprise Improvement and Strategic Initiatives. “The Prime 16 merchandise reveal that Illinois producers are on the cutting-edge of creativity and know-how. We’re proud to help manufacturing throughout the state and assist spotlight the business’s native improvements by the Makers Insanity contest.”

To make sure the state’s manufacturing sector stays robust, the IMA is advocating for the passage of a number of measures this legislative session. Priorities embrace proposals to help college students and households getting into the workforce by pupil mortgage employer tax credit and scholarships, advancing the event of cutting-edge know-how by modernizing the state’s Analysis & Improvement 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 accommodate 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 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: Remaining 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 america, representing almost 4,000 corporations and amenities. For extra data, go to


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