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The Thought Leader: The coolest things in Wisconsin are made in the Fox Cities!

Did you know that two of the coolest things made in Wisconsin are made right here in the Fox Cities? That’s right! It’s official, as both are finalists in a statewide competition sponsored by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Say hello to your two local finalists:


PRODUCT: Bevi Bottleless Water Dispensers

COMPANY, LOCATION: Plexus Corp. – Appleton

Bevi smart water dispensers offer on-demand filtered, flavored and sparkling water with a mission to unbottle the future. Manufactured at Plexus Corp. in Appleton, WI, Bevi offers users the ability to customize their hydration while vastly reducing their carbon footprint. 5,000+ companies across North America, including Apple, Delta Airlines, Hyatt Hotels, Microsoft, Netflix and Plexus, offer Bevi to their employees, customers and guests. Bevi users have saved over 400 million single-use bottles to date. This product represents the powerful collective impact made possible through partnering to bring a sustainable product to life and embodies the Plexus vision of helping create products that build a better world.


PRODUCT: Ariens® 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Sno-Thro

COMPANY, LOCATION: AriensCo – Brillion

To mark its 90th year in business (1933 – 2023), AriensCo is honoring its rich outdoor power equipment manufacturing legacy with the Ariens® 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Sno-Thro®. This unique snow blower merges the King of Snow’s™ original paint scheme with the innovation of today’s popular Platinum-series models for homeowners who want both style and epic snow clearing performance from a 24-inch snow blower. The 90th retains Ariens trademark all-steel construction, gets power from a 369cc TecumsehPower® SnowKing® engine, and features other bells and whistles like a super-high-output (SHO) impeller to throw snow up to 55 feet, heated hand grips, and Auto-Turn™ steering for easy maneuverability.


These two companies and their amazing products are up against two other finalists from the greater Wausau area. As Fox Citonians (is that a word?!) we all know that it is no competition. Anything made in the Fox Cities is the BEST! You can help reinforce this by VOTING in the statewide competition:

  • Visit https://www.madeinwis.com/final-round/
  • Click on the image of the product you think is the Coolest from the four finalists.
  • The product you selected will open up in a new window. To vote, click “Vote Now!” at the bottom of the page.
  • Individuals can vote once per day, per device. So, make sure you come back each day to cast your vote!
  • Voting will end at 12 PM on Thursday, Oct. 19.

This year, over 100 products were nominated for the competition. Following a popular vote round and the Manufacturing Madness bracket style rounds, Wisconsinites narrowed the field down to these Top 4. Over one million votes have been cast in the competition over the last eight years, highlighting Wisconsin’s diverse manufacturing industry, which contributes roughly $70 billion to the state’s economy each year.