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2022 Coolest Thing Made In Kansas Competition Kicks Off
Kansas Ag Connection - 08/04/2022

The Kansas Manufacturing Council (KMC), an affiliated program of the Kansas Chamber, is looking for the Coolest Thing Made In Kansas.

Presented by FORVIS, this competition was launched by KMC in 2020 to promote and elevate Kansas manufacturers and to highlight products developed and produced in Kansas and distributed across the U.S. and internationally.

"The Kansas Manufacturing Council's annual contest showcases Kansas's wide variety of manufacturers that keep our state's economy strong and our communities growing. It's with great pride that KMC supports manufacturing technology and integration to embrace the future," said Brandie McPherson, KMC executive director.

Any product that is made in Kansas qualifies for the competition. There are two categories in this year's competition: People's Choice and Coolest Innovation.

The People's Choice contest begins with product nominations and the first round of voting. The top 16 vote-getters will move on to a bracket-style tournament where they will compete in head-to-head match-ups. The ones that receive 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 People's Choice Coolest Thing Made in Kansas.

The Coolest Innovation contest will highlight the many ways Kansas manufacturers research and develop new products and work to improve products to address crucial challenges. A panel of expert judges will review and score questionnaires completed by the companies regarding their nominated products. The top four scoring products will be invited to present in-person to the expert panel on Oct. 12 at the Coolest Celebration Reception. The judges will choose the winning product based on a criteria that includes its impact on the challenge it solves as well as the business, its employees, and customers.

Winners for both categories will be announced during the Kansas Manufacturing Summit on Oct. 13 at the Kansas Star Casino and Event Center.

"FORVIS is fortunate to have the opportunity to work and engage with manufacturers across Kansas and is able to see first-hand the research, development and ultimate success of innovative products," said Jennifer Wold, FORVIS Commercial Products Industry Partner. "We are excited to sponsor this competition and provide manufacturers a platform to showcase their products and promote the entrepreneurial spirit of Kansas manufacturers and the solutions they are bringing to the market."

Nominations for the 2022 contest close on Aug. 26 at midnight CT.

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