LINCOLN – Manufacturers and all Nebraskans are invited to nominate their favorite product to compete in the second annual “Coolest Thing Made in Nebraska” tournament. To qualify, products must be manufactured in Nebraska. The 2023 nomination period is open August 1-18, 2023. Nominations are accepted online at nemanufacturingalliance.com.
The bracket-style tournament will once again lead the way for Nebraskans to celebrate NE Manufacturing Month in October. Nebraskans are then invited to vote for their favorite Nebraska-made product in a head-to-head, bracket style competition during September. The champion will be announced October 10, 2023, at the NE Chamber’s Manufacturing Summit in La Vista Hotel & Conference Center, where finalists will also be invited to display their products.
“This exciting contest is an opportunity to showcase just how broadly manufacturing is at the heart of success in our communities and our families, not to mention the level of pride Nebraskans have in Nebraska-made products. Last year this contest exceeded our expectations with the excitement it created. We can’t wait to see how the public embraces the second year of this competition and who will take the championship title this time,” said Mike Johnson, NE Chamber Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Manufacturing.
The contest, hosted by the NE Manufacturing Alliance, celebrates the state’s thriving manufacturing industry with Nebraska residents, students, educators, community leaders, manufacturers and especially, the vast number of Nebraskans working in manufacturing every day. This contest is powered by the NE Chamber and Nebraska Public Power District – Together with your local public power utility.
“Nebraska Public Power District is proud to provide power to many of Nebraska’s manufacturers across the state who, in turn, help to power our state’s economy. We’re excited to shine a spotlight on these industries, while highlighting the incredible economic impact they have on Nebraska,” said Vice President of Customer Services & External Affairs & CCO, Courtney Dentlinger.
About NE Manufacturing Alliance
Five statewide manufacturing groups have pledged to coordinate efforts to grow manufacturing and STEM workforce in Nebraska over the next decade. Learn more at nemanufacturingalliance.co