Coolest Thing Made In Indiana’ Tourney Down To Final Four

INDIANAPOLIS — The semifinalists are set for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s second Coolest Thing Made in Indiana tournament, which kicked off earlier this month with 54 companies representing 43 communities.

The final four competitors are:

• Hiker Trailers in Columbus with a custom teardrop camping trailer.

• Kidstuff Play Systems in Gary with a tri-ride slide.

• Maple Leaf Farms in Leesburg with its roast half duck.

• Polywood in Syracuse with the Elevate 12-piece pit sectional.

Public fan voting to see who reaches the finals is underway at

The Coolest Thing Made in Indiana competition celebrates the state’s rich manufacturing tradition and is for companies – from veteran manufacturers to budding entrepreneurs – that make all kinds of things.

Voting for the semifinals runs through Friday at 10 p.m. ET. The championship matchup will commence on Monday, Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. ET. The tournament concludes Nov. 30.

The top companies will be recognized and the champion announced Dec. 14 at the Indiana Chamber’s Best IN Manufacturing Luncheon at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, which also features the first honorees in the Indiana Best Places to Work in Manufacturing program.

Coolest Thing Made in Indiana sponsors are spirit sponsor Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP); gold sponsor Gibson; and silver sponsors Evonik Corporation, Insperity, Nucor Steel Indiana, SMC Corporation of America and The Horton Group.

For fairness, an online randomizer generated the initial matchups. Entry in the competition was free. To participate, a company did not need to be headquartered in Indiana, but the product entered must be manufactured in the state.

Learn more about the semifinalists and vote online at