Manufacturers: Apply now for ‘Coolest Thing Made in Indiana’ competition

INDIANA — Makers of things ingenious, interesting, and off the wall, it’s time to see if you’re the coolest of them all!

The Indiana Chamber’s third annual Coolest Thing Made in Indiana competition is back and combines the state’s proud manufacturing tradition and passion for basketball. Entries are being accepted for the Hoosier Hysteria-style single-elimination tournament at

Entry is free, and nominations will be accepted through October 10, 2023.

To participate, a company does not need to be headquartered in Indiana, but the product entered must be manufactured in the state. Businesses are limited to having one product nominated.

Online fan voting determines the winner of each matchup. The tournament tips off in late October and concludes in November.

Kevin Brinegar

“Each year, we are pleased to see the wide range of companies – large and small – that take part and proudly show off what they are known for. It’s wonderful recognition for them and helps us showcase all the great products that are homegrown right here,” offers Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “It’s this variety of manufacturing that continues to help our economy thrive. We encourage both longtime manufacturers and budding entrepreneurs to participate.”

Janus Motorcycles of Goshen took top honors in the inaugural competition and in December, the Indiana Chamber honored Maple Leaf Farms of Leesburg for its roast half duck.

The winning company will receive a feature article in the Indiana Chamber’s BizVoice® magazine and an invitation to appear on the organization’s IN Chamber podcast. Awards for the top finishers will be presented at the 2023 Best IN Manufacturing Awards Luncheon on December 13 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

The Coolest Thing Made in Indiana and Indiana Best Places to Work in Manufacturing programs are supported by spirit sponsor Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Purdue MEP); gold sponsor Kalenborn Abresist Corporation; and silver sponsor Evonik Corporation Tippecanoe Labs.

Additional sponsorships are available for the event; contact Tim Brewer at 317-496-0704 or