2016 Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin winner: Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight engine

MADISON -- Harley-Davidson's new Milwaukee-Eight engine  motorcycles, which powers the company's iconic motorcycles, is the top choice in the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest, with voting done by the people online. H-D topped Sheboygan brats and Marinette combat ships to win.

The winner was announced Tuesday, October 18th at the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) State of Wisconsin Business luncheon in Madison.

Kurt Bauer, WMC President/CEO issued the following statement about the contest results:

"This was a classic Wisconsin battle of bikes, brats and boats, and the bikes won in fierce online voting. We are the premiere manufacturing state in the nation and the nearly 300 nominees for the award is a testament to the strength of our manufacturing sector and the prowess of our manufacturing heritage."

Randy Christianson, general manager of Harley-Davidson Powertrain Operations Pilgrim Road had this statement:

"We are excited to be honored as the Coolest product in Wisconsin where nearly 1,000 employees work together to create the Milwaukee-Eight engine. These products and Harley-Davidson motorcycles are a testament to great manufacturing in Wisconsin and the United States of America."

The contest was run by WMC and sponsored by Johnson Financial Group.