Manufacturing Day is a celebration of all things manufacturing and is designed to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. In addition to celebrating Manufacturing Day, Wisconsin designates the whole month of October as Manufacturing Month. According to the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP), Wisconsin's manufacturing sector drives economic growth for the state. For every $1 spent in manufacturing, another $1.81 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. Wisconsin manufacturers employ more than 450,000 workers, and the state's manufacturing concentration is 87% higher than the national average. Wisconsin manufacturing workers on average earn $10,000 more and have better benefits than other private sector workers.
We’re happy to announce the 4th annual “Coolest Thing Made in Fort” competition.
Submit your nomination for the Coolest Thing Made in Fort Atkinson! We are accepting nominations for two categories:
1. Manufacturers with over 50 employees (larger businesses & manufacturers)
2. Manufacturers with less than 50 employees (some local farmers market vendors, small businesses, etc.)
- All nominations must create or manufacture their product in Fort Atkinson.
- Nominations do not have to be Fort Atkinson Chamber members.
- Businesses may only have one product featured in the contest.
- Once you nominate a product, chamber staff will reach out to the company contact to confirm the nomination and provide additional contest details.
Nominations due: Monday, September 27
Contest: Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 31
* The Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to approve or decline nominations based on requirements.
* If you have questions about whether a product fits the requirements, please call 920-563-3210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 "Coolest Thing Made" in Fort Winners
Small Manufacturer Category:
My handmade spear fishing decoys are functional pieces of art, commonly used throughout the "Ice Belt" states during the winter months. They're also sought nationwide by collectors and as cabin decor. Each one is carved from cedar, carefully weighted to swim a slow circle, painted, and clear coated to withstand use in freezing water and being struck by Northern Pike. These examples of American folk art can look like anything from real fish to imagined colorful critters. After the decoys are retired from use they remind their owners of fond days spent on frozen lakes with friends and family.
Large Manufacturer Category:
What do Queen Victoria’s undergarments, presidential memorabilia, 6,000-pound torpedoes, and Coca-Cola collectibles have in common? They’re all stored on Spacesaver’s Mobile Storage Systems! Spacesaver began with a couple of guys tinkering around with shelving in a barn in Fort Atkinson. By placing shelving units on rails, they realized they could increase storage capacity, improve productivity, and even save energy by storing more stuff in the same space. Now hundreds of employees help design and manufacture a variety of Spacesaver Mobile Storage Systems, which are entrusted with holding some of the COOLEST, most important, and interesting objects in the world.
2019 "Coolest Thing Made in Fort" Winner
2018 "Coolest Thing Made in Fort" Winner
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