Kansas Manufacturing Council



The Kansas Manufacturing Council’s (KMC) Coolest Thing Made In Kansas competition highlights the state’s manufacturing industry, which employs one out of 11 Kansas workers. Any product that is made in Kansas qualifies for the competition.


The reigning Coolest Thing Made in Kansas is the EMP Shield made in Burlington, KS. EMP Shield is

the world’s first electromagnetic pulse (EMP) surge protection technology for an entire home and vehicle tested to military and UL 1449 standards from ETL. How cool is that?


The nomination period opens in August each year. The products that received the most nominations will be admitted into the tournament. They will compete in weekly head-to-head match ups. The products receiving the most votes in each match up will advance to the next round, moving one step closer to winning the ultimate prize – being named the Coolest Thing Made in Kansas.


Click here to vote in the 2021 tournament.



The winner will be announced during the Kansas Manufacturing Summit in October and awarded the Coolest Thing Made in Kansas trophy. The competing companies will be invited to join the KMC at the Coolest Celebration Reception and to display their products at the reception and summit. The 2021 reception and summit will take place October 11th and 12th.


Presented by BKD CPAs & Advisors, this competition is a great way to learn about the many products made in Kansas. It’s a wonderful opportunity for Kansas manufacturers to show their best stuff and prove that they have what it takes to be the Coolest Thing Made in Kansas.


Interested in sponsoring the event? Check out the available marketing investment opportunities here!

Who can make a nomination?

Everyone is encouraged to nominate their favorite Kansas-made products. There is no limit to the number of product nominations per person.

What qualifies as a "Kansas-made" product?
  • Products nominated for the Coolest Thing Made In Kansas can be from any sector of the state’s manufacturing industry.
  • The company who makes the product does not have to be headquartered in Kansas but the product must be manufactured in a Kansas-based facility.
  • The product nominated must be made using a manufacturing process.
  • The Kansas Manufacturing Council will review each nomination to ensure these requirements are met. If for any reason the nomination does not meet these requirements the nominator will be notified.
How many products can a company have in the competition?

Companies may only have one product featured in the top eight, so only one product nomination per company is encouraged.

How often can a company or product win Coolest Thing Made in Kansas?

Winning companies are prohibited from participating in the contest for one year.


Each winning product is indefinitely prohibited from being nominated again.

How will a company know that I nominated something it makes?

Companies with products nominated for Coolest Thing Made In Kansas will be notified by the Kansas Manufacturing Council.


Voting is open to the public. A voter may vote once per match-up per round.

The top 32 nominated products will set the tournament-style bracket.


Products will compete in weekly head-to-head match ups.


Products receiving the highest number of votes in the head-to-head match ups will advance rounds to top 16 eight, and four.


The four products that advance to the final round of the tournament will compete for the most votes during the last week of the contest.


The product receiving the most votes in the final round will be announced as the winner at Kansas Manufacturing Summit in October.


The number of votes received will be reset at the beginning of each round.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the Coolest Thing Made in Kansas competition is an incredible marketing opportunity for your company. This competition will touch thousands of people throughout Kansas, giving your company and logo added exposure you wouldn’t otherwise get. It is a great opportunity to show Kansans your business and get your name out there.


There are various levels of investment so you can pick the package that works best for you. Click here to view all of the amazing marketing investment opportunities.

About KMC

The Kansas Manufacturing Council or KMC is the leading advocacy organization for Kansas manufacturers and companies serving manufacturers, representing small and large manufacturers across the state.


The mission of KMC is to provide knowledge, resources and support in order to create a stronger and more prosperous manufacturing sector.


Through the Kansas Chamber, KMC has a powerful voice for the state’s manufacturing community to advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across Kansas.

Contact the KMC staff to learn more at KMC@KansasChamber.org.



Our outstanding staff of policy experts provide unmatched access and information on the key issues affecting your business and bottom line. We are on the front lines of a wide range of policy battles, from immigration reform and labor relations, to energy and the environment, to trade policy and taxes. At every turn, we are working on behalf of manufacturers in Kansas to advance policies that help manufacturers do what they do best: create economic strength and jobs.

Presenting Sponsor

The Presenting Sponsor of the 2021 Coolest Thing Made In Kansas contest is BKD CPAs & Advisors.


BKD is a national CPA and advisory firm that can help you reach your goals. Its expertise goes well beyond the standard accounting services to include risk management, technology, wealth management, and forensic and valuation services. Its clients represent a wide range of industries and we’re even part of an alliance of firms that gives us a global reach

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