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UW-Stout Event Supporters: Fueling Innovation with Community Spirit

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is set to ignite the spark of innovation within the local community with its upcoming Make48 competition. This exciting event is made possible through the support and sponsorship of several local businesses and organizations, all of whom are eager to witness the inventive minds at work.

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Let's take a closer look at the UW-Stout event supporters who are making this competition a reality.

3M Menomonie: The Challenge Sponsor

3M Menomonie, a prominent player in the local business landscape, stands as the Challenge Sponsor for this year's UW-Stout Make48 competition. A global innovation company known for never ceasing to invent, 3M Menomonie is dedicated to investing in innovative community programs that pave the way for a brighter future. 3M is the perfect partner for this competition, which will challenge participants to design and prototype a new product in just 48 hours.

Fastenal was founded in the late 60’s and started out by distributing threaded fasteners to businesses in small nearby cities. Fast forward to today, and it is the largest fastener distributor in North America. Fastenal now operates in approximately 3,200 in-market locations, each providing custom inventory and a dedicated sales team to support local customers. Innovation is found throughout Fastenal’s company and they are consistently finding new ways to improve and help current and future generations grow skills that will help communities for years to come.

Xcel Energy is a key supporter of the event, recognizing the importance of nurturing creative talents in the community. The company connects with the communities they serve and ensures that the best interests of all are being served. As a major energy company, Xcel Energy's participation reflects a commitment to sustainable and forward-thinking solutions.

Momentum West Wisconsin, an economic development organization, plays a vital role in promoting the region's economic growth. Their involvement in this event demonstrates their belief in the potential for local innovation to drive economic prosperity. Momentum West Wisconsin serves Barron, Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Pepin, Polk, Rusk, and St. Croix counties. By providing technical assistance and spearheading talent attraction and development initiatives, Momentum West is drawing attention to West Central Wisconsin and driving regional growth.

Andersen Windows & Doors, a well-known local company, has lent its support to UW-Stout's event. They’re driven to develop new products that help make homes healthier and sustainable. Andersen’s reputation for quality and innovation aligns perfectly with the goals of the Make48 competition.

TTM Technologies is a leading global technology solutions and PCB manufacturer with a significant presence in the area. TTM stands for time-to-market, representing how TTM's time-critical, one-stop manufacturing services enable customers to shorten the time required to develop new products and bring them to market. They provide solutions that enable revolutionary electronics to get to market and change lives. TTM’s involvement serves as a testament to the value of fostering innovation.

OEM Fabricators, a company specializing in custom metal fabrication, is another key supporter of the Make48 competition. OEM creates medium and large metal components for original equipment manufacturers and specializes in the construction, mining and rail industries. Their backing exemplifies the local industry's interest in promoting ingenuity.

Presto, a well-known name in the world of kitchen appliances and housewares, is excited to be part of this event. Founded in 1905 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Presto is a recognized and respected leader in the housewares and small electric appliance industry. It has a long history of creating innovative products, and successful expansion into new fields. It’s the company’s goal to continually pioneer new products that meet the needs of today’s changing lifestyles, as well as deliver a wide selection of traditional appliances that reflect the quality long associated with the Presto® name.

Derrick Building Solutions, a construction and engineering firm, recognizes the importance of encouraging innovation in all sectors. Headquartered in New Richmond, Wisconsin, their support demonstrates a commitment to advancing not only the construction industry but also the broader community.

Ace Hardware of Menomonie, a local hardware store, plays a vital role in the community by providing access to a wide range of products, tools and materials. Their support for the Make48 competition emphasizes the importance of access to resources for budding innovators.

The University of Wisconsin-Stout's Make48 competition, made possible by the generous support of these local businesses and organizations, promises to be an inspiring event that showcases the community's commitment to fostering innovation and problem-solving. This promises to be an opportunity for aspiring inventors and innovators to shine.

To learn more about the UW-Stout Make48 competition and stay updated on this exciting event, visit

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