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Coolest Thing Made in NY

The Contest

We need your help to select the Coolest Thing Made in New York.

Do you have a product manufactured in New York that deserves to be the coolest thing? Apply to spotlight your product and compete to be New York's coolest thing!

The Coolest Thing Made in New York competition highlights the state's vibrant manufacturing industry and its products, as well as the many career opportunities available in the manufacturing sector. 

Popular Vote

Each contender will be showcased on the website. Products are nominated and voted on by the public. 

Manufacturing Tournament

Tournament-eligible contestants will receive a seed based on number of votes and compete in a tournament-style bracket. 

Winner Announcement

Finalists are invited and the winner is chosen at The Business Council’s Annual Meeting Awards Dinner. 

Manufacturing Bus Tour

The winner is selected to be a site tour visit during the Manufacturing Bus Tour from Friday, October 4 - Thursday, October 10.

Contest Dates


June 24 to July 21
Nominations Accepted

July 29 to August 11
Popular Vote

August 12 to 18
Final 16 Voting

August 19 to 25
Final 8 Voting

August 26 to September 1
Final 4 Voting

September 2 to 19
Final 2 Voting

September 19
Winner Announced at Annual Meeting

October 4 to 10
Manufacturing Bus Tour Site Visit

Coolest Thing in New York

Eligibility & Contest Rules

The Coolest Thing Made in New York competition is a state-wide contest to highlight the manufacturing sector across our state. All nominees and voters agree to abide by both the rules outlined below and the overall spirit of the contest.

The product must be manufactured in New York State.

The company headquarters does not need to be in New York State, but the product must be manufactured in a New York State-based facility.

The product must be made using a manufacturing process.

A restaurant that makes “made to order” food such as pizza would not qualify, but a food manufacturer that mass-produces frozen pizzas would. The Business Council of New York State reserves the sole right to determine what products qualify for the contest.

Limited to One Product

Companies may only have one product featured in the Top 16, so only one product nomination per company is encouraged.

One Award Per Product

Winning companies are prohibited from participating in the contest for one year, while each winning product is indefinitely prohibited from being nominated again.

Voting Rules

Voting is open to the public. The Business Council reserves the sole right to interpret contest rules, to amend contest rules or eligibility requirements without notice, and disqualify any nominee or contestant suspected of or actually violating or attempting to violate or circumvent the rules of the contest.

Questions? Contact us.

One Vote

A person may cast one vote per device per day when voting is open.

Per Day

Once a device has been used to cast a vote, it cannot be used to cast another vote in the popular vote round or same bracket match-up until 24 hours has elapsed. 

No Exceptions

Any attempt to circumvent the one vote per person per device per day restriction by the use of internet bots or any other means to artificially increase vote totals is prohibited and may subject the nominee or contestant to disqualification.

New York State Manufacturing
By the Numbers

Source: National Association of Manufacturers most recent data 


Goods Produced


Goods Exported




Average Salary

Pharmaceutical & Medicine

sector has the most job openings, more than double the next sector. 

Top 5 Export Markets for New York State Manufacturing:

Hong Kong


is the top manufacturing sector in New York State, which produces over $15 billion in products.