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Mark W. Barker makes "Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin" ballot

You may have seen one of the coolest things made in Wisconsin leave Sturgeon Bay earlier this year. The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce released its list of the top 100 items made in the state on Wednesday as a part of its seventh annual “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin” promotion. Making the list was the Mark W. Barker, which was built by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and launched in Sturgeon Bay earlier this year. The Mark W. Barker is the first Great Lakes freighter built in the United States since the 1980s. A Bay Shipbuilding-built vessel was also in the running for the “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin” when the newest addition to the Washington Island Ferry fleet, the “Madonna,” made the Top 16 in voting in 2019. You can begin voting for your choice for the “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin” on September 19th by clicking this link.

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