Top 16 Set For Coolest Thing Made In Kansas Contest

Competition highlights Kansas manufacturers

Topeka, KAN. The top 16 Kansas-made products are set for the Kansas Manufacturing Council’s (KMC) Coolest Thing Made In Kansas competition.

“The Kansas manufacturing industry plays an important role in our state’s economy and employs one out of 11 Kansas workers,” said Kansas Manufacturing Council Executive Director Jeff Chapman. “This friendly competition is meant to bring attention to a few of the many fascinating and crucial products made in our state. These products beat out dozens of other nominated Kansas-made products to move on to the CTMK tournament.”

The top 16 nominated products are:

1. Autoland, Garmin International, Inc., Olathe
2. EMP Shield, EMP Shields, LLC, Burlington
3. SawHaul carrier, GearHaul, Chanute
4. Custom Built Dredge, Custom Dredge Works, Inc., Topeka
5. Al Davis Memorial Torch, Dimensional Innovations, Overland Park
6. James Webb Space Telescope Struts, Aerospace Corporation, Newton
7. Rawhide Portable Corral, Rawhide Portable Corral, Abilene
8. BG Rev-It tool, BG Products, Wichita
9. Custom Limestone Rock Signs, Fisher Rocks, Belleville
10. Microlite!, KMDI, Inc., Kansas City, KS
11. Stanfield Heating Pad, Osborne Industries, Inc. Osborne
12. Pies, Tippin’s Gourmet Pies, LLC, Kansas City, KS
13. Kalmar Ottawa Terminal Tractor, Kalmar, Ottawa
14. T-Blocks, Ronawk, LLC, Olathe
15. CLX Ra Gaming PC Special Edition, CLX Gaming, Wichita
16. Coleman-Mach, MACH 15 A/C, RV Products (a division of Airxcel), Wichita

Chapman said the 16 products 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.


Voting in the first round of the tournament will be open from Wednesday, September 16 – Monday, September 21st.
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 at the summit.

Voting Rules

      • Voting during the tournament is open to the public. A voter may vote once per match-up per round.
      • Nominated products will advance through a series of voting rounds.
      • 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.

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. 23rd – 27th: Voting for Top 8
      • Sept. 28th: Announce Top 4
      • Sept. 28th – Oct. 1st: Voting for Top 4
      • Oct. 2nd: Announce Top 2
      • Oct. 2nd – Oct. 5th: Voting for Top 2
      • Oct. 6th: 2020 Winner Announced



For more information, contact Sherriene Jones-Sontag.

Posted Sept. 15, 2020


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