|After 12k Votes: Semifinalists Revealed for “Coolest Thing Made in NC”
Statewide contest champions manufacturing community’s impact and innovation
|RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC Chamber announced the 15 semifinalists for its inaugural “Coolest Thing Made in NC” competition. Presented by Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., the statewide online contest began with 70+ nominees, and after the first round of voting, compiled the top 15 winners. From buses to butter, bacon, and BBQ sauce, child couches to the Compact Track Loader, supreme fruitcakes to silicon carbide, dishwashers to double wall ovens, pickles to Pepsi, healing salve to handcrafted tables and the HondaJet Elite, the semifinalists showcase the vibrant variety of products made across the state. The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is also collaborating on this initiative as a Supporting Organization.
North Carolina’s cutting-edge manufacturing industry generates more than 18% of the gross state product and employs more than 10% of the state’s workforce. As the exclusive North Carolina affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the NC Chamber recognizes that a strong manufacturing industry is central to the state’s economic and competitive success.
“When our lives were brought to a near standstill by COVID-19, manufacturers heroically and swiftly pivoted to produce the personal protective equipment needed by front-line workers, vulnerable populations, medical facilities, and countless businesses in every county,” said NC Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido. “We are grateful to the entire manufacturing community – the backbone of our state’s economy for more than a century. Congratulations to the semifinalists! As we always say at the NC Chamber: what’s made in North Carolina makes North Carolina.”
All are invited to vote for their favorite semifinalist product at coolestthingmadeinnc.com. The top four finalists will be announced by the NC Chamber and Old Dominion Freight Line on September 21 via social media. The inaugural winner will be revealed on October 2, MFG Day – an annual event organized by the National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute highlighting the rewarding career opportunities of modern manufacturing.
“North Carolina has a rich manufacturing history and it plays an important part in our economy,” said Greg Plemmons, senior vice president of sales for Old Dominion Freight Line of Thomasville, North Carolina. “As a less-than-truckload carrier, we see many unique and innovative products shipped on our trucks. Promoting North Carolina goods and services is a benefit to all residents, so Old Dominion is proud to partner with the NC Chamber in a creative way to showcase the cool things made in our state.”
Join the contest’s social media campaign by following #CoolestThingMadeinNC. In addition to receiving a trophy, the winning company will be featured in various NC Chamber publications and promoted across its communications channels and statewide publicity efforts.
“The Coolest Thing Made in NC” Semifinalists (alphabetical order by manufacturing location):
About the NC Chamber
The NC Chamber works to research, develop, advocate, and communicate for solutions and policies that produce a nationally competitive business climate in North Carolina. For more information, visit ncchamber.com.
About Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is a leading, less-than-truckload (“LTL”), union-free motor carrier providing regional, inter-regional, and national LTL services through a single integrated organization. Our service offerings, which include expedited transportation, are provided through an expansive network of service centers located throughout the continental United States. Through strategic alliances, the Company also provides LTL services throughout North America. In addition to its core LTL services, the Company offers a range of value-added services including container drayage, truckload brokerage, and supply chain consulting.
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