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Watch now: 8 items made in Decatur area are vying for 'top coolest thing made in Illinois' title. Here's how to vote.
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Watch now: 8 items made in Decatur area are vying for 'top coolest thing made in Illinois' title. Here's how to vote.

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DECATUR — Eight products made in the Decatur area are in the running for the title of "coolest thing" made in Illinois. 

The second annual "Makers Madness" by the Illinois Manufacturer's Association officially opened Wednesday for voters to decide the "top coolest thing made in Illinois."

The bracket-style tournament features 311 products that were previously nominated and voters have until midnight Sunday to help decide which will move onto the top 16.

Items from the Decatur area are: 

  • Custom tooling and heavy-duty adjustable anchor from Deco Manufacturing
  • Rail car graphics from Dyna Graphics
  • Heat exchangers from Mason Manufacturing
  • Illinois license plates from Macon Resources
  • Cat D11 Dozer and Cat engine block from Caterpillar Inc.

"Among this year’s nominees are massive machines, delicious food and beverages, iconic sporting equipment, advanced technology allowing us to see galaxies, innovative medical advancements and numerous products used in the fight against the global pandemic," the statement read.

Consecutive rounds of voting continue until a winner is named and honored in an awards ceremony on March 24. Voting for the contest can be accessed at

"The men and women working on factory floors drive our economy, and they deserve our recognition and gratitude every day," said Mark Denzler, president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, in a statement. "This contest is about celebrating their achievements.” 

Last year, the 797F mining truck manufactured by the Decatur Caterpillar Inc. plant was the Coolest Thing Made in Illinois.

PHOTOS: Illinois Republican state Sen. Darren Bailey

Contact Garrett Karsten at (217) 421-6949. Follow him on Twitter: @GarrettKarsten


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