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Nominees announced for The Coolest Thing Made in NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the NC Chamber announced the nominees for its inaugural “Coolest Thing Made in NC” competition. Presented by Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., the statewide online contest celebrates the variety and quality of products manufactured in North Carolina. 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. “Now is the time for North Carolinians to unite in honoring this vital community that has served as the backbone of our state’s economy for more than a century. 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 product at Semifinalists will be announced by the NC Chamber and Old Dominion Freight Line September 8 via social media and a top four will be announced in the same fashion September 18. The inaugural winner will be revealed on October 2, which is MFG Day — an annual event organized by the National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute highlighting the rewarding career opportunities of modern manufacturing.

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“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 Nominees for The Coolest Thing Made in NC are (in alphabetical order by manufacturing location):

Company and Product Manufacturing Facility Location
Clorox Toilet Wand Pad Asheboro
Shibumi Beach Shade Asheboro; Emerald Isle (originated)
Diamond Brand Gear’s Hestia Wall Tent Asheville
Moog One Synthesizer Asheville
Southern Supreme Fruitcakes Bear Creek
Jarrett Bay Boatworks Semiproduction 34 Beaufort
Hospitality Mints Boone
Gulo Composites GME-30 Enduro Wheelset Brevard
SylvanSport GO Camper Brevard
OT Sports Sports Uniform Burlington
TS Designs T-shirts Burlington
Kish Fabrication Custom Titanium Bicycles Carrboro
Kenda Kist Hand-Forged VOTE Necklace Cary
Bojangles Cheddar Bo Biscuit Charlotte
Bojangles Spicy Cajun Fried Chicken Charlotte
Coca-Cola Charlotte
Luwa Airwasher Charlotte
The Rustic Lamp’s Copper Shades and Lamps Chimney Rock
Hydromer First Responder Sanitizer Concord
Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butter Durham
Cree | Wolfspeed’s Silicon Carbide Durham
Freudenberg Performance Materials Face Masks Durham
Y’all Means EVERYONE NC Hearts Bumper Sticker/Magnet by Steven Ray Miller Durham/King
TCOM’s Persistent Surveillance Aerostats Elizabeth City
Hickory Nut Gap Smoked Bacon Fairview
Cane Creek Bicycle Headset Fletcher/Asheville
Tony’s Ice cream Vanilla Milk Shakes Gastonia
Benevolence Farm Chamomile & Lavender Healing Salve Graham
The HondaJet Elite Greensboro
Vick’s Vaporub Greensboro
Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner® C2 Jouley™ electric bus. High Point
Nugget Kids Couch Hillsborough
Deere Hitachi Excacators Kernersville
Additive America’s Prosthetic Socket Kinston
Spirit AeroSystems Airbus A350 XWB Aircraft Composite Sections Kinston
Piedmont Candy Company’s Peppermint Red Bird Candy Puffs. Lexington
Greiner Bio-One (GBO) Pipettes Monroe
Ludwig Drums Monroe/Charlotte
Farm to Feet Socks Mt. Airy
Mt. Olive Pickles Mt. Olive
Luv N Mountain Soaps by Vera Murphy
Butterfields Peach Buds Nashville
George’s BBQ Sauce Nashville
Bosch Stainless Steel Dishwasher SHX88PZ55N New Bern
Thermador Double Wall Oven PODS302W New Bern
Pepsi New Bern (originated); Bottled throughout NC
Hippie Chick Granola Co.Original Granola Oak Island
American Sprinkle Company Sprinkles Pineville
Javelin Odyssey Skydiving Container Raeford
The Cheesecake Factory Cheesecakes Rocky Mount
FloLogic System RTP
Agility Fuel Solutions ProCab® CNG Fuel Systems Salisbury
Cheerwine Salisbury
Power Curber 5700-Series Slipform Machine Salisbury
Cat® 299D3 XE Compact Track Loader (CTL) Sanford
Thundersticke German Alt Beer Sanford
Precision Time Timekeeper Shallotte
The Heritage Flag Company’s Old Glory Full Barrel Southern Pines
Smithfield Bacon Tar Heel
ProMagnet Mattress and Pillow Pads Terrell
Capel Rugs Troy
Elizabeth’s Pecans Turkey
Allura USA’s Fiber Cement Plank in Traditional Pattern Wilkesboro
Artisan Leaf Handcrafted Tobacco Leaf Tables and Surfaces Wilson
Bertie County Peanuts Sea Salt and Black Pepper Peanuts Windsor
C Change Surgical SurgiSLUSH Medical Freezers Winston-Salem
Chad’s Original Black Chai Winston-Salem
Krispy Kreme Donuts Winston-Salem
SPEVCO’s Be Pro Be Proud Workforce Education Expandable Trailer and Tour Winston-Salem
Texas Pete Hot Sauce Winston-Salem
Ripe Revival Protein Gummies



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.