Kidstuff Play Systems advances to the Final Four and could be crowned Coolest Things Made in Indiana with public support

Miller-based playground manufacturer Kidstuff Play Systems made it into the final four of the Indiana Chamber’s Coolest Thing Made in Indiana tournament and could take home the national honor if it gets enough public support.

Originally founded as Olympic Recreation in 1982 by educator Richard Hagelberg and union carpenter George McGuan, the company now designs and manufactures playgrounds for clients in all 50 states as well as international markets such as Japan and Saudi Arabia. The Miller Avenue company makes playgrounds for schools, parks and daycares.

It’s known for its Tri-Ride slide, where kids can race down three adjacent slides.

Thousands of public votes from across the state brought Kidstuff Play Systems into the final four of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s annual Hoosier Hysteria-Style category, which aims to promote Indiana manufacturing and shine a spotlight on Hoosier manufacturing facilities and products .

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A total of 54 companies from across the state participated in the tournament including Belstra Milling Co. of DeMotte, Bionic Prosthetics & Orthotics of Merrillville and Talbert Manufacturing of Rensselaer.

Now it’s just Kidstuff Play Systems, the custom teardrop camper trailer from Columbus’ Hiker Trailers, the roasted half duck from Leesburg’s Maple Leaf Farms, and the Elevate 12-piece pit section from Syracuse by Polywood.

Public voting on the final four is now underway and will continue until Friday 9pm. Companies compete in the single-elimination round before the public finally crowns the Coolest Thing Made in Indiana.

The championship matchup begins Monday at 9 a.m. and a champion will be announced on December 14th.

The final winner will be recognized at the Indiana Chamber’s Best IN Manufacturing Luncheon, where the new Indiana Best Places to Work in Manufacturing Awards will also be presented.

Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Gibson, Evonik Corporation, Insperity, Nucor Steel Indiana, SMC Corporation of America and The Horton Group sponsor the annual competition that celebrates Indiana’s role as one of the Union’s most manufacturing-intensive states. It is open to all companies manufacturing products anywhere in the state, from young entrepreneurs to established manufacturers.

For more information or to vote, visit www.indianachamber.com/coolestthing.

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