Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the combined state chamber and manufacturers’ association – partnered with Johnson Financial Group to announce this year’s Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin on Wednesday at WMC’s annual Business Day in Madison event. Pierce Manufacturing’s Electric Fire Truck from Appleton was officially crowned the 2022 winner.
Over its seven years, the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest has garnered over 1.1 million votes from Wisconsinites across the state. The competition began in 2016 to highlight manufacturing as Wisconsin’s largest industry. Today, Wisconsin is home to roughly 9,000 manufacturing facilities, employing nearly 1 in 6 Wisconsin workers and contributing over $68 billion to the economy.
“We’re immensely proud of Wisconsin’s manufacturers and the products they make right here in our state. This industry is diverse: from commercial-grade equipment and vehicles to medical technology and food products, we really do have cool things made in Wisconsin,” said WMC President & CEO Kurt R. Bauer. “These manufacturers provide rewarding careers, keep our economy growing and make products that are used across the globe.”