Waupaca Foundry is one of 137 nominees for the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) competition titled the “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.” The competition highlights the state’s vibrant manufacturing industry, one that employs one in six people in the state. The contest has received nominations for products made from every corner of the state.
Waupaca Foundry has been nominated for its air disc brakes, an increasingly popular technology on commercial vehicle tractor and trailer braking systems. The manufacturer operates three foundries and one machining operation in Wisconsin where workers cast, CNC machine and finish gray and ductile iron castings. The iron casting supplier’s components are used in automobiles, agricultural machinery, construction equipment, heavy trucks, rail, oil and gas and other industrial sectors. Waupaca Foundry is the largest metal caster in the world and employs 4,500 people nationwide.
“Our team members are proud to be part of Wisconsin’s manufacturing sector,” said CEO Mike Nikolai. “Manufacturing offers a variety of career paths in engineering, material science, skilled trades, operations, and professions with great wages and opportunities for advancement.”
The nominees are placed into a bracket-style tournament called Manufacturing Madness with three rounds of voting.
The first round of voting to determine the Top 16 nominees is from Sept. 14 to Sept. 20
The second round of voting determines the top 8 nominees is from Sept. 22 to Sept 27
The last four finalists will be voted on from Oct. 6 to Oct. 14
The winner of the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin will be announced on October 14 in a virtual event.
Individuals can vote daily for Waupaca Foundry in the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin by visiting MadeInWis.com. For more information on Waupaca Foundry, please www.wapacafoundry.com.