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Voters Slender Area to High 8 Coolest Merchandise Made in Illinois “Makers Insanity” Contest Lets Public Determine The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois

March 26, 2024

Voters Slender Area to High 8 Coolest Merchandise Made in Illinois

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

SPRINGFIELD – The sector of contenders for the 2024 title of The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois has been narrowed additional, with voters selecting the High 8 merchandise to maneuver forward within the fifth annual “Makers Insanity” contest. Hosted by the Illinois Producers’ Affiliation, “Makers Insanity” is a bracket-style event during which voters throughout the state resolve which product is The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois.

Introduced by Comcast Enterprise, the competitors celebrates the unimaginable 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 practically a 3rd of all jobs in Illinois and contributing greater than $580 billion to the state’s economic system every year.

Over the previous week, voters selected their favorites in eight head-to-head matchups between particular person merchandise, with nearly 100,000 votes forged on this spherical. The unique discipline of greater than 200 nominees for The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois has now been whittled all the way down to the High 8. The High 8 merchandise chosen by voters are the BoulePro 200AX made by USACH in Elgin; Komatsu Mining Truck manufactured by Komatsu in Peoria; Mullen’s Imitation French Dressing made by Mullen’s in Palestine; Vulcan Rocket Thruster Launchers manufactured by Chemring Energetic Units in Downers Grove; the MQ-25 Stingray (Drone Refueler) manufactured by Boeing in Mascoutah; ActivWall manufactured by Aurora Storage Merchandise Inc. in Aurora; Gindo’s Scorching Sauce made by Gindo’s Spice of Life in St. Charles; and Mod Field by Enviro Buildings manufactured by Craig Industries in  Quincy.

“We’re proud to have a good time the spectacular achievements and excellent contributions of producers throughout Illinois as we transfer to the subsequent stage in our seek for the Coolest Factor Made in Illinois,” stated Mark Denzler, President and CEO of the Illinois Producers’ Affiliation. “The creativity and variety of the manufacturing trade is unmatched, and we applaud the ladies and men and store flooring throughout Illinois who make these unimaginable merchandise.”

The Makers Insanity High 8 matchups are as follows:

  • Bracket A:
    • (1) BoulePro 200AX (USACH, Elgin) v. (3) Komatsu Mining Truck (Komatsu, Peoria)
  • Bracket B:
    • (1) Mullen’s Imitation French Dressing (Mullen’s, Palestine) v. (3) Vulcan Rocket Thruster Launchers (Chemring Energetic Units, Downers Grove)
  • Bracket C:
    • (4) MQ-25 Stingray (Drone Refueler) (Boeing, Mascoutah) v. (3) ActivWall (Aurora Storage Merchandise Inc., Aurora)
  • Bracket D:
    • (1) Gindo’s Scorching Sauce (Gindo’s Spice of Life, St. Charles) v. (3) Mod Field by Enviro Buildings (Craig Industries, Quincy)

Voting for this spherical is now open and can happen at by way of 11:59 p.m. on March 31. Voters could forged one vote per day in every of the 4 head-to-head matchups between particular person merchandise. Consecutive rounds of voting will happen every week, with vote totals reset to zero firstly 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.

“The momentum is constructing because the competitors strikes to the subsequent stage,” stated Sean McCarthy, Comcast’s Regional Vice President of Enterprise Growth and Strategic Initiatives. “Congratulations and better of luck to the High 8. We can’t wait to see which modern Illinois-made merchandise will transfer nearer to incomes the coveted title.”

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 assist college students and households getting into the workforce by way of pupil mortgage employer tax credit and scholarships, advancing the event of cutting-edge know-how 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 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 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

In regards to 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 practically 4,000 corporations and services. For extra info, go to


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