Pair of local businesses in 2019 ‘Top 16 Coolest Things Made in Wisconsin’ contest

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(WAOW) — Who said filling out brackets was only meant for March?

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and Johnson Financial Group announced on Monday the Top 16 products moving forward in the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest. The products will now compete in the bracket-style tournament known as Manufacturing Madness.

Tapped Maple Syrup, LLC and Worzalla, both based out of Stevens Point, made the cut.

The Top 16 products were announced on Monday afternoon via Facebook Live on the WMC Facebook page. The announcement show can be viewed by clicking here.

Tapped Maple Syrup’s infused maple syrup is a #9 seed and takes on the Klarbrunn-made Bucky’s cherry berry sparkling water in the first round.

Meanwhile, Worzalla’s children’s book series, ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid,’ is the ultimate underdog as a #16 seed. Its first-round opponent is the ‘Big Boy’ all-weather rifle, of Rice Lake’s Henry Repeating Arms.

Voting begins Tuesday and runs through 10:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 22. To cast your ballot, visit

The Top 8 products will be announced via Facebook Live on Monday, Sept. 23 on WMC’s Facebook page.


Chris Watkins

Chris Watkins

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