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Judges pick SBJ’s Coolest Things

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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:

  • 27North Inc., Expedition Truck: 30A Ascender;
  • Askinosie Chocolate LLC, 62% Dark Milk Chocolate and Fleur de Sel bar;
  • Flora Farms LLC, Garlic, Mushroom and Onion Cannabis Flower;
  • College of the Ozarks, Student-Made Apple Butter;
  • Copper Run Distillery, Small Batch Honey whiskey;
  • Custom Metalcraft Inc., TranStore intermediate bulk container tanks;
  • Digital Monitoring Products Inc., XV-24 with AlarmVision;
  • DIY Girlfriend LLC, Tool belts;
  • Dymo International LLC, Hunting and fishing bootfoot waders;
  • EaglePicher Technologies LLC, power module for U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft emergency ejection seats;
  • Goodman Manufacturing Co., Original Vanilla Double Strength;
  • Messiah Locomotive Service LLC, Locomotive wheelsets;
  • Paul Mueller Co., maxxLup Beverage Infusion System;
  • The Coffee Ethic LLC, Spiced Vanilla Oat Latte bottles;
  • Walrus Oil, Logger’s Lip Balm and Hand Salve; and
  • White River Marine Group LLC, 2023 Bass Tracker Classic XL.

Public voting to select the Voter’s Choice Award is live through April 12 at 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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