By Dave Dahl
SPRINGFIELD – As we lead up to March Madness, one of the state’s business leaders is touting Makers’ Madness.
It’s a competition to crown the coolest product made in Illinois. The president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association says the idea started last year.
“Last year, when I became CEO, we commissioned Manufacturing Matters to show the impact of manufacturing in Illinois: 592,000 men and women on factory floors, $304 billion in economic output, and we took a tour around the state for about twelve weeks. We now want to show what the products are made in Illinois, because manufacturers have to do a better job of opening their doors and trumpeting their story.
“We have to attract the next generation of workers.”
Examples included a box of store-brand cereal celebrating Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, a bag of Beer Nuts, and a GSI grain bin.
That last one was not actual size.
You can nominate and vote for your favorites online, with the winner to be crowned April 1 at the Governor’s Mansion.
Dave Dahl can be reached at News@WJBC.com.