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New Washington Island Ferry, to be built by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, Kick Ash Products, Woodrow Engineering nominated for Coolest Things Made in WI

September 9, 2019, Sturgeon Bay, WI The Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest is back for a fourth straight year. The annual competition, presented by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Johnson Financial Group, aims to highlight the state’s manufacturing industry – which employs nearly 1 in 5 Wisconsinites – and ultimately determine the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.

This year there is a extra special reason to vote. DCEDC nominated Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in the competition for one of their current projects, the construction of a new ship for Washington Island Ferry.

"What's cooler than the work executed at Fincantieri's shipyard," stated DCEDC's JIm Schuessler. "Todd Thayse and his team manufacture things that travel the world. Meanwhile, Carol and Christian Ash produce a high-quality gluten free granola that is achieving high demand, and Woodrow Engineering's RITZ Stick is being introduced to a new generation. Door County manufacturing is well represented," he added.

Voting for this round runs THIS WEEK ONLY!

“This contest has quickly become one of the best ways to highlight the state’s vibrant and diverse manufacturing industry,” said WMC President & CEO Kurt R. Bauer. “As we approach Manufacturing Month in October, we hope this contest will bring attention to not only the cool things made in this state, but the outstanding career opportunities available in Wisconsin’s largest economic industry.”

WMC and Johnson Financial Group have partnered together for this contest since 2016, and this year over 150 Wisconsin-made products have been nominated – from aircraft to garbage disposals and frozen pizza to work boots.

“Johnson Financial Group is excited to kick off our 4th Coolest contest in partnership with WMC,” said Johnson Financial Group CEO Jim Popp. “Every year we are blown away by all the cool things we make in the state, and we cannot wait to see what comes out on top this year.”

A popular vote from Sept. 9 to Sept. 15 will determine the Top 16 products that will be placed in a bracket-style tournament called Manufacturing Madness. Products will compete against one another in head-to-head match-ups, and the products that receive the highest votes in each match-up will advance to the next round.

To vote, click https://madeinwis.com/ or on the photos below. Good luck to the team at Fincantieri, the folks at Washington Island Ferry, Kick Ash-Door County Love Products, and Woodrow Engineering!
About Door County Economic Development Corporation:

The  Door County Economic Development Corporation  (DCEDC) is a public/private partnership dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the county and its residents. Founded in 1989, DCEDC has been successful in helping existing businesses create and retain thousands of jobs through a myriad of programs and initiatives. DCEDC emphasizes fostering entrepreneurial instincts in county residents and those who vacation in Door County. Door County Economic Development Corporation offices are located within the small business incubator DCEDC founded in 1997 at 185 East Walnut Street in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park.
Door County Economic Development Corporation | Business by Nature

Tom Strong, Operations Manager
920-743-3113 x 202 | Tom@DoorCountyBusiness.com

Kelsey Fox, Workforce Development Specialist
920-256-0306 | Kelsey@DoorCountyBusiness.com

Janet Proctor, Office Assistant
920-743-3113 x 200 | Janet@DoorCountyBusiness.com

Jim Schuessler, CEcD, EFFP, Executive Director

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