Kansas Manufacturing Council


The Kansas Manufacturing Council’s (KMC) is looking for the Coolest Thing Made In Kansas. This 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 top 16 nominated products will set the tournament-style bracket. They will compete in weekly head-to-head match ups. The products that receive the highest 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.


The winner will be announced during the Kansas Manufacturing Summit on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at the Kansas Star Casino. The top four companies will be invited to display their product at the summit.

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 16 nominated products will set the 2020 tournament-style bracket.


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


Products receiving the highest number of votes during each voting period will advance rounds to top eight, four, and two.


The winner will be announced October 6th at the 2020 Kansas Manufacturing Summit.


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


Start voting now!

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.


2020 Contest Calendar


Sept. 14th
Nominations Close


Sept. 15th
Announce Top 16


Sept. 16th – 21st
Voting for Top 16


Sept. 22nd
Announce Top 8


Sept. 22nd – 27th
Voting for Top 8


Sept. 28th
Announce Top 4


Sept. 28th – Oct. 1st
Voting for Top 4


Oct. 2nd – Oct. 5th
Voting for Final Two


Oct. 6th
Winner Announced!

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