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Voting Begins in “Makers Insanity” Contest to Identify The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois

March 5, 2024

Voting Begins in “Makers Insanity” Contest to Identify The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois

Greater than 200 distinctive merchandise now competing to advance to High 16

SPRINGFIELD – The primary spherical of voting is now open within the Illinois Producers’ Affiliation’s (IMA) fifth annual “Makers Insanity” contest, a bracket-style match during which the general public will resolve what product earns the 2024 title of The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois.

Introduced by Comcast Enterprise, the competitors celebrates the unbelievable 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 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 annually.

Greater than 200 distinctive merchandise from each nook of the state have been nominated for this yr’s contest, with candidates starting from agriculture gear and life-saving medical merchandise to iconic pantry staples, candy treats and quite a lot of automobiles. Voting all through the competition will happen at, the place voters can now select which merchandise will advance to the High 16. Voting for this spherical is open now and runs by 11:59 p.m. on March 17, and contributors can vote as much as 5 instances per day. Consecutive rounds of voting in head-to-head matchups will happen every week, culminating with an awards ceremony on the Governor’s mansion on April 10 when The Coolest Factor Made in Illinois shall be named.

“The merchandise nominated on this yr’s contest display the breadth and depth of our state’s dynamic and progressive manufacturing trade, which has the ability to reshape communities and rework lives,” stated Mark Denzler, President and CEO of the Illinois Producers’ Affiliation. “As we rejoice the achievements of producers throughout Illinois, we should proceed to work in partnership with policymakers to make sure the trade can proceed to flourish for generations to come back.”

Producers in Illinois produce the whole lot from life-saving therapies and medicines to electrical automobiles and elements used for area exploration. Our producers maintain retailer cabinets stocked with nutritious meals and delectable snacks, and create sporting gear used in every single place from neighborhood fields to skilled leagues. They construct agricultural gear and create high-tech devices and elements used for nationwide protection, in addition to produce power to energy our properties and companies.

“As voters start to solid their ballots, we want the entire hardworking nominees good luck as they appear to maneuver on to the High 16,” stated Sean McCarthy, Comcast’s Regional Vice President of Enterprise Growth and Strategic Initiatives. “Comcast is proud to supply state-of-the-art connectivity and expertise to assist producers obtain their objectives and form the world round us.”

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 embody proposals to assist college students and households getting into the workforce by scholar 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 objectives.

Earlier contest winners embody 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 Visitors Sign Heater by Termico Applied sciences in Elk Grove Village, which makes use of conductive particles to warmth site visitors alerts 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

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 the USA, representing almost 4,000 corporations and services. For extra info, go to


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