A new state contest seeks the coolest thing manufactured in Delaware.
The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Manufacturing Association have started the Coolest Thing Made in Delaware contest to highlight Delaware’s vibrant manufacturing industry and promote the sector as a top career path.
Manufacturing now employees 28,000 Delawareans.
The contest will be structured in a bracket format that hopefully will draw the interest of the general population while educating them about the diversity of manufacturing industry’s economic outputs, innovative products, impact, careers opportunities and more.
“Delaware’s low cost of doing business, central location, and skilled workforce position the state as a center for manufacturing. With an output of nearly $5.6 billion, the industry is a major force in Delaware’s economy and the third-largest traded sector,” said DSCC President Michael J. Quaranta. “Not only do manufacturers make products that meet the needs of consumers right here in the First State, but they have global—even galactic—impacts.”
Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 21.
Rules, even for the coolest
Eligible companies are manufacturers whose nominated product is manufactured in a Delaware-based facility. The product must be made using a manufacturing process.
Participants are welcome to nominate as many products as they’d like during the initial nomination period.
On Feb. 22, all qualifying nominees will be announced, and the popular vote will commence.
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Manufacturers, employees and consumers alike are welcome to participate in the voting. Votes can be cast once per day, per device at www.DSCC.com/MFG.
After the popular vote round ends on Feb. 29, the top 16 products—one per company—will proceed to compete in the bracket-style contest, ultimately culminating in one champion.
Nominees will be cut to eight on March 14 and then four on March 21.
The 2024 Coolest Thing Made in Delaware will be revealed at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Manufacturing & Policy Conference March 28 at Delaware Technical Community College in Dover.
Here’s the chamber’s promotional video.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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