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Michigan Business Network
September 15, 2021 12:00 PM

excellence-banner21coolest2rd“Coolest Thing” Voting Continues!

Thousands of votes were cast in the first round of voting for the 2021 “Coolest Things Made in Michigan,” and starting tomorrow, the Top 10 will compete for the coveted title. The final round of voting is officially open!  Vote daily for your favorite Michigan-made product at coolestthing.mimfg.org to determine the winner of the “Coolest Thing.” Voting closes Friday, 9/24/21.

The 2021 “Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” Top 10 are:

3590 Towable Drum Style Whole Tree Chipper

Bandit Industries, Inc. • Remus

The 30-inch capacity Model 3590 features a 30-inch by 48-inch chipper throat opening and a powerful three-wheel feed system. Engine options, ranging from 755 to 1,050 horsepower, are available to choose from.


Bell’s Brewery • Kalamazoo

A wheat ale fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas…a classic summer beer. It is made with only four ingredients and without the use of any spices or fruit.

The Receptor

DB Delivery Solutions • China Twp

The patent-pending Receptor is the first residential, thru-the-wall delivery bin that allows packages, groceries and prepared foods to be placed in your home without giving direct-access to delivery drivers. A smart keypad secures deliveries until you conveniently retrieve them from inside your home, allowing more control over your purchases and deliveries.

The Mayfield Adapter

Domico Med-Device • Fenton

Domico Med-Device is grateful for the opportunity to share its carbon fiber Mayfield Adapter for interventional table extensions in the Hybrid OR. This innovation provides the positioning required for neurosurgeons to perform delicate procedures in the brain utilizing minimally invasive, x-ray guided techniques. The Mayfield Adapter eliminates the need for open brain surgery in an operating room thereby reducing patient recovery times and post op infection risks. Working in conjunction with clinical personnel, the Mayfield Adapter was designed and is proudly manufactured in Fenton.

Duperon Dual Auger System

Duperon Corporation • Saginaw

The Dual Auger System drastically reduces clogged pumps in the collection system due to so-called “flushable” wipes. Installed in manholes, the Duperon 5-and-1 system removes flushable wipes, alleviates sewer backups, emergency maintenance and saves municipalities thousands annually.

World’s Largest Hydraulic Power Unit

Exotic Automation & Supply • New Hudson

“The World’s Largest Hydraulic Power Unit!” *Pending Guinness Certification — The massive hydraulic power unit is capable of 4,800 horsepower with a maximum flow of 2700 gallons per minute and a capacity of 11,000 gallons of hydraulic oil. The only hydraulic system in the world of its size!

Michigan Cherry BBQ Potato Chips

Great Lakes Potato Chips • Traverse City

Michigan Cherry BBQ went from a seasonal treat to customer favorite, now available year-round. We start with our original barbeque seasoning and mix in the cherry that makes our hometown Traverse City famous. Savor the chips made to celebrate the Cherry Capital of the world!

Magliner Motorized U-Boat

Magline, Inc. • Standish

The Motorized U-Boat reduces the time and energy needed to transport up to 1,000 lbs. and is ideal for moving loads long distances and up inclines. The variable-speed transaxle can be switched to free-wheel mode and provides 360° maneuverability. The unit’s center-tilt design allows easy navigation over thresholds and bumps.

The NuStep UE8, Upper Body Ergometer

NuStep, LLC • Ann Arbor

The NuStep UE8 is the first upper body ergometer with a swivel drive train for barrier-free access and sensor technology with real-time biofeedback. The unique swivel design eliminates seat removal for standing and wheelchair users, and the force sensors measure the power and symmetry of a user’s performance in real time.


R.W. Fernstrum & Company • Menominee

GRIDCOOLER® Keel Cooler is a closed circuit engine heat exchanger used by Navy ships and marine vessels worldwide. Similar to a car radiator, engine coolant is circulated through the keel cooler, transferring heat from the coolant before returning to the engine. With no discharge created, zero contaminants enter the seawater.

This award highlights the billions of extraordinary products made in Michigan each year and celebrates manufacturing’s rich heritage and bright future. The winner will be announced live at the 2021 MFG Excellence Awards event on Thursday, 11/4/21, in Lansing. Learn more at mimfg.org.

Vote daily for your favorite product until
Friday, September 24, at coolestthing.mimfg.org.

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