Source: The Business News

Print Date: September 17, 2023

Title:Six products made in the region are on list for Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin

Six products made in Westcentral Wisconsin are on the list for the eighth annual Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest sponsored by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and Johnson Financial Group.

The competition highlights the state’s $70 billion dollar manufacturing industry and the high-tech, high-skill and high-paying career opportunities available.

“Each year, this competition connects manufacturers with their local communities, generating public engagement and excitement,” said WMC’s Vice President of Communications & Marketing Nick Novak. “Manufacturers employ nearly 500,000 Wisconsinites and produce some incredible products, and we appreciate the opportunity to showcase their work and draw attention to what happens right here in our backyard.”

A popular vote round, beginning Sept. 18, will determine the Top 16 products that will compete in a bracket-style tournament called Manufacturing Madness. During each of the rounds, the public is encouraged to vote once per day, per device at

The 2023 Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin will be named at WMC’s Business Day in Madison Oct. 19.

Following are the Northcentral Wisconsin nominees. The company is listed first, then the product nominated and the city where the company is located.

• 3M, 3M Nextel, Menomonie

• Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Natural Cheddar Cheese Curds, Ellsworth

• TraceMySpace, Custom Tool Inserts, Bangor

• Veritas Steel,The Merchants Bridge Eau Claire

• Wollard International, EV Belt Loader, Eau Claire

• Grassland Dairy Products, Grassland Butter Chips, Greenwood



Source: La Crosse Tribune

Print Date: September 18, 2022

Section: Local Business Openings and Developments 

Author: Steve Calahan

Cody Spears and Chad Wehrs purchased TraceMySpace in August 2021 and recently moved manufacturing operations from California to the Wehrs Machine and Racing Products building at N4477 Wisconsin 162 in Bangor.

Wehrs also owns the latter business, which manufactures aftermarket automobile racing products such as suspension components, accessories, engine parts and tools.

TraceMySpace manufactures custom foam inserts for tool drawers, cases and other things, to hold tools and equipment in their place. Spears is its Director of Operations and co-owner.

Sales are now five times larger than they were before Spears and Wehrs bought the business, Spears said. Some of its customers in the past year have included Amazon, Google and the U.S. Department of Defense.

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