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Local products advance to final eight in Coolest Thing contest

Local products advance to final eight in Coolest Thing contest

For Immediate Release – October 5, 2023


Brian Otten, Marketing Manager
Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce
715-848-5947 |


Local products advance to final eight in Coolest Thing contest


WAUSAU — A pair of products from members of the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce have advanced to the final eight in the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce’s Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest. These products are among the more than 100 nominees from around the state.


Voting in the round of eight will open on Thursday, October 5 and continue through Tuesday, October 10. Individuals can vote once per device, per day.

The Chamber members’ products in the final 16 include:


  • Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon – Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats, Wittenberg
  • Weinbrenner Shoe Company – Thorogood American Heritage 6” tobacco safety toe work boot


Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats defeated a product from Ammo, Inc. in the round of 16 and is paired off against a product from Cedar Valley Cheese next. The Weinbrenner Shoe Company’s Thorogood brand defeated Milwaukee Tool to advance to battle a product by Skee Ball.


Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and Johnson Financial Group have partnered for the eighth time in 2023 to determine the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin. The competition aims to highlight the state’s vibrant manufacturing industry. The contest not only brings attention to all the cool things made in Wisconsin, but also the outstanding career opportunities available in manufacturing – an industry that employs one in six people in the state.


To vote for a product in the contest, visit Click on the product you would like to cast a vote for.


A list of the top four products will be announced on Wednesday, October 11 and will move on in the tournament-style bracket.


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The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce is the source for business information in the Wausau Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). We strengthen member businesses and enhance the region by building business success. For more information on the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce, visit us online at or call 715-845-6231.

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