The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) wants to know: Who makes the coolest thing in Illinois?
The answer, clearly is Carpentersville’s OTTO Engineering, and you’ve got a chance to help “make it so” by casting your vote for Orion Spacecraft Command Module control switches.
OTTO has made it to the Sweet 16 round in the IMA’s “Makers Madness” contest bracket-style tournament, after competing against more than 300 other products across the state.
OTTO is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of control switches, grips and joysticks, and it’s hard to deny that the Orion Spacecraft Command Module control switches are among the coolest things ever invented.
Your job is to cast your vote in the first bracketed round, which ends at midnight March 7. If OTTO gets enough votes, it will proceed to the next bracketed round when voting begins March 9.
So far, nearly 100,000 votes have been cast among a huge field of contenders competing in the second annual “Makers Madness” contest, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association tournament in which voters across the state decide which product is The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois.
Presented by Comcast Business, the competition shines a light on Illinois’ diverse manufacturing sector, which has played a critical role in the state and nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Manufacturers are developing life-saving vaccines and treatments, producing needed personal protective equipment, keeping store shelves stocked with important goods and nutritious foods and powering our homes and businesses.
Over the course of two weeks, voters whittled the field of 311 nominated products down to the Top 16. The competition is fierce, and OTTO has its work cut out.
The top four vote-getters from the initial round of voting are the Ford Bronco Headlight produced by North American Lighting, Inc. in Paris; the HD IP Display made by Advanced Network Devices in Arlington Heights; the Azteca Form, Bake and Fill Crispy Shell from Azteca Foods in Forest View; and the Caterpillar D11 Dozer made by Caterpillar, Inc. in East Peoria.
OTTO is pitted in this round against DECO custom tooling, maker of the original adjustable anchor, which we are sure is a wonderful product. But seriously? Can it possibly stand against a spacecraft command module device?
Only the voters can decide.
Voting for this round is now open and will take place at www.makersmadnessil.com through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 7. Voters may cast one vote per day in each of the eight head-to-head contests between individual products. Consecutive rounds of voting will take place each week, with vote totals reset to zero at the beginning of each round.
The contest will culminate with a virtual awards ceremony on March 24 when The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois will be named.
OTTO designs and manufactures precision switches and control grips including mechanical switches, and Hall effect switches with digital and analog output options. OTTO’s portfolio includes sealed and lighted high performance, snap action, rocker, pushbuttons and toggles as well as commercial and military control grips and Hall effect technology joysticks.
OTTO’s switches, joysticks and control grips perform every day in the most demanding applications including construction, agriculture, military, aerospace, material handling and industrial.
For more information about OTTO, visit: https://www.otto-controls.com/
SOURCE: lllinois Manufacturers’ Association news release, OTTO Engineering website