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68 Nominees Named for the Coolest Thing Made in NC

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Public voting opened for annual statewide manufacturing contest

Today, the NC Chamber announced the 68 nominees for its annual “Coolest Thing Made in NC” online competition. Presented by Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., the statewide contest invites the public to nominate and vote for their favorite product manufactured in North Carolina. Business North Carolina is serving as Media Partner, and the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is collaborating as a Supporting Organization. As the exclusive North Carolina affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the NC Chamber knows that a strong manufacturing industry is crucial to the state’s economic and competitive success. North Carolina’s cutting-edge manufacturing industry generates more than 17 percent of the gross state product and employs more than 10 percent of the state’s workforce.

“Congratulations to our 2021 nominees; each product tells a special story of the impact and innovation manufacturers have on our great state,” said NC Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido. “As we always say at the NC Chamber: what’s made in North Carolina makes North Carolina.”

In 2020, the NC Chamber launched the “Coolest Thing Made in NC” competition to celebrate North Carolina’s vital manufacturing community – and champion the next generation of manufacturers and creators by raising awareness about the rewarding careers of modern manufacturing. Last year, after 72 products nominated and 58,000 votes counted, Thomas Built Buses won the inaugural title for its Saf-T-Liner® C2 Jouley™ Electric School Bus.

“Manufacturing is an important part of our state economy, so we enjoy celebrating the products made right here in our back yard,” said Greg Plemmons, senior vice president of sales for Old Dominion Freight Line. “The businesses nominated for the ‘Coolest Thing’ competition represent the best of North Carolina, and Old Dominion is proud to partner with the NC Chamber for this unique contest.”

Go to to vote for the coolest thing made in NC; the 15 semifinalists will be announced on September 2. The field of candidates will narrow with each round of voting, and the winning product will be revealed on October 1, National Manufacturing (MFG) Day.

Join the contest’s social media campaign by following #CoolestThingMadeinNC. In addition to receiving a trophy, the victorious company and product will be featured in NC Chamber and Business North Carolina publications, podcasts, social and digital media, among additional statewide publicity efforts.

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

Asheville Moog Music Inc. Matriarch Synthesizer
Asheville GE Aviation Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs)
Beaufort Jarrett Bay Boats Jarrett Bay Boats
Boone Appalachia Cookie Company Appalachia Cookie Company Blueberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie
Brevard Sap & Bark Ikari: Line spools with magnetic fly storage
Brevard SylvanSport LC Sylvan Sport Go
Brevard Gulo Composites New Gravel Adventure Wheel-set: GGA-SL
Burlington Stoney Mountain Farm Eco-Friendly Wool Dryer Balls
Burlington Haand Haand dinnerware
Burlington Simple Kneads Simple Kneads Gluten-free Bread
Charlotte Queen Charlotte Queen Charlotte’s Original Pimiento Cheese
Charlotte LeafBurrito Leaf Burrito® The Year Round Yard Bag
Charlotte ZombieSnott Zombie Snott
Charlotte/Indian Trail Jack Coobs Custom Guitars
Charlotte/Midland Midland Farms Citrus Sunshine Goat’s Milk Soap
Clayton Caterpillar Cat® 938M Wheel Loader
Cleveland Western Star Trucks (Daimler) 49X Western Star Vocational Truck
Concord NASCAR Air Titan 2.0
Conover von Drehle Transcend Dispensing System
Durham FloLogic FloLogic Smart Leak Detection Auto Shutoff System
Durham Cree Silicon Carbide Technology
Durham Cormetech Cormetech Meteor SCR Catalyst
Emerald Isle/Asheboro Shibumi Shade Shibumi Shade
Franklin TekTone Nurse Call Systems
Graham Benevolence Farm Healing Salve
Greensboro HondaJet HondaJet Elite
Greensboro Revi Technical Wear Cooler Cowboy Sock
Greensboro/Whitsett Red Oak Brewing Red Oak Beer
Greenville DSM Dyneema
Greenville RAW Plastic RAW Plastic Planter Pot
Haw River NovaFlex Group Novaflex Rubber Hoses
Henderson Ardagh Ardagh Mason Jars
High Point Rifled Air Conditioning Rifled Air School Bus Air Conditioners
High Point Wool Novelty Company Weaving Loops
Hillsborough Nugget Nugget Comfort Kids Couch
Holly Springs Seqirus Fluelvax Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine
Kinston Additive America 3d Printed Medical Helmets
Lexington Vivid Metal Prints Dye Sublimated Metal Prints
Louisburg Legacy Family Foods (*Women Owned) Carolina Treet
McDowell County/Marion Baxter Healthcare Baxter Healthcare’s IV Bags
Mebane Armacell ArmaFlex Ultra
Mt. Olive Mt. Olive Pickle Company Dill Pickles
Nashville George’s BBQ Sauce George’s BBQ Sauce
Nashville The Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake Factory Bakery Cheesecakes
Nashville Butterfield’s Candy Company Butterfields Candy Peach Buds
New Bern BSH HBLP451RUC Bosch SideOpen Door Wall Oven
Raleigh Two Roosters Ice Cream Two Roosters Ice Cream
Raleigh USU Company Ivy Rose Candle
Raleigh Videri Chocolate Factory Videri Sea Salt Chocolate
Raleigh Big Delicious Brand Carolina Sausage Dip
Rocky Mount Ripe Revival Ripe Revival Gummies
Salisbury Carolina Beverage Company Cheerwine
Salisbury Power Curbers  Power Curber 5700-D Curb & Gutter Machine
Salisbury/Spencer The Old 97 Kettlecorn Company Old 97 Kettlecorn
Sanford/Seagrove Southern Supreme Nutty Fruit Cake
Shelby Hurst Jaws of Life Jaws of Life
Smithfield Smithfield Renewable Natural Gas powered by Smithfield Hogs
Smithfield Carolina Packers Brightleaf Hot Dogs
Smithfield/Four Oaks House-Autry Chicken Breading Mix
Statesville Toter (owned by WasteEquip) Toter Trash Cans
Stony Point Shurtape Duct Tape by Duck Brand
Wilkesboro Anchor Coffee Small Batch Coffee
Wilmington Cape Fear Specialty Foods Rum Cake
Wilson Aristan Leaf Tables and Bartops
Wilson/Stantonsburg Old Saratoga Inc. 5.2 Gallon Bag-in-a-Box
Winston-Salem Krispy Kreme Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Winston-Salem TW Garner Food Company Texas Pete Hot Sauce
Wrightsville Beach Staulk WATERTABLE By Staulk


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About Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is one of the largest North American less-than-truckload (“LTL”) motor carriers and provides regional, inter-regional, and national LTL services through a single integrated, union-free organization. Our service offerings, which include expedited transportation, are provided through an expansive network of service centers located throughout the continental United States. The Company also maintains strategic alliances with other carriers to provide 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.