Rivian R1T reaches prime 16 coolest Illinois merchandise in ongoing competitors | Native Enterprise

SPRINGFIELD — Rivian Automotive’s R1T electrical pickup has made it to the highest 16 within the Illinois Producers’ Affiliation Makers Insanity contest.

The annual contest is a chance for individuals to vote for the “coolest” product made in Illinois. This 12 months 400 merchandise have been featured when voting opened on April 3.

Rivian rolled out its long-anticipated R1T in September 2021 at its manufacturing facility in Regular. The pickup has a beginning value of $67,500.







R1T Motortrend truck of year

A Rivian R1T pickup truck goes over the facet of a 45-degree embankment on a take a look at observe on the Regular plant in September.


The Irvine, California-based firm purchased the previously shuttered Mitsubishi Motors plant in Regular in 2017. It has spent thousands and thousands outfitting the huge facility at 100 Rivian Motorway and at the moment employs 5,075 individuals.

In March, the city of Regular issued a business allow to Milwaukee-based personal business actual property agency Phoenix Buyers for a 500,000-square-foot warehouse enlargement at 301 W. Kerrick Street, which Rivian plans to lease house.

Spherical 16 of the Maker’s Insanity contest pits Rivian’s R1T towards JackPoint Jackstands, that are made in Batavia, Illinois. The spherical will final by way of April 10. People can vote as much as 5 occasions a day.

Different Central Illinois companies and merchandise that have been featured within the Illinois Makers Insanity contest are:

  • Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup
  • Beer Nuts’ Bar Combine with Wasabi, Unique Bar Combine and Unique PEanuts
  • Ferrero Rocher Sweets
  • Inexperienced Valley Manufacturing of Illinois’ 70K Mould Switch Cart
  • ADM’s Bio-based FDME-Final Plastic and Textured Vegetable Protein
  • Deco Manufacturing’s Heavy Obligation Euipment Anchors
  • Macon Assets’ Illinois license plates
  • Voestalpine’s Soar Frogs
  • Dynagraphic’s rail automobile graphics
  • Mervis Industries’ recycled metals
  • Mason manufacturing Shell & Tube Warmth Exchanger.

A full checklist of companies, merchandise in addition to voting may be accessed at makersmadness.com. Contest winners might be introduced April 27. The 2021 winner was Termico Visitors Sign Heater of Elk Grove Village with 300,000 votes.

Contact Sierra Henry at 309-820-3234. Comply with her on Twitter: @pg_sierrahenry.