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Sixteen products manufactured across southwest Missouri were selected for inclusion in Springfield Business Journal’s second annual Coolest Things Made in the Ozarks awards.
The finalists reflect the diversity of the local manufacturing community. Statewide, there are nearly 6,900 manufacturing businesses employing more than 266,000 people, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
A selection committee evaluated the companies based on the uniqueness, innovation and economic impact of their products.
The 2023 companies and products are:
Public voting to select the Voter’s Choice Award is live through April 12 at SBJ.net/CoolestThings. The April 10 edition of SBJ will feature profiles on the products.
The Best in Show Award, selected by event attendees, will be presented at an awards ceremony on April 26. The selection committee’s Impact and Innovation awards will also be announced at the event.
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