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Freudenthal clotheslines in running to be coolest thing made instate

A longtime Taylor County business is in the running to be the coolest thing made in Wisconsin.

Freudenthal Manufacturing of Medford was selected to be in this year’s statewide competition for their clotheslines. People can vote for Freudenthal, or other nominees, by going to Voting can be done once every 24 hours.

Freudenthal’s free standing, movable Clotheslines are made from high tensile, high strength, hot dipped galvanized 11 gauge 2-inch steel tubing. They never rust and never need painting. The Clotheslines come standard 10 foot wide and 6 feet high with 7 lines and are available in 4 lengths — 10 feet,12 feet, 15 feet and 20 feet.

Other nominees in this year’s contest include mining equipment, yachts, an EV fire truck, cheese curds, a home generator, beef jerky, sports complex lighting, frozen pizzas, a cargo ship and intermodal chassis.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) announced more than 100 nominees on Wednesday for the seventh annual Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest. The competition is a tradition that highlights the state’s diverse and expanding manufacturing industry – which employs one in six workers in Wisconsin.

WMC and Johnson Financial Group have partnered together for this contest since 2016, and Wisconsinites have cast nearly one million votes since its inception. Last year alone, more than 200,000 votes were cast to determine the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.

The first round of voting for the contest began on Monday, Sept. 19 and goes through Tuesday, Sept. 27. The 16 nominees receiving the most votes in the first round will move on to Manufacturing Madness – a bracket-style tournament that features head-to-head matchups of the top Wisconsin-made products.

The ultimate winner will be announced at WMC’s Business Day in Madison event on Oct. 19.