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80 Nominees Named for “Coolest Thing Made in NC” Contest

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Public voting open for annual statewide manufacturing contest

RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the NC Chamber announced the 80 nominees for its annual “Coolest Thing Made in NC” online competition. This is the third year that the NC Chamber has held the popular, public-driven contest, which spotlights North Carolina’s cutting-edge manufacturing industry—an industry that generates more than 17% of the gross state product and employs more than 10% of the state’s workforce.

New for 2022, the contest will recognize two winners as opposed to one: one for businesses with fewer than 100 employees, and one for businesses with 100+ employees.

“Congratulations to our 2022 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 68 products nominated and 41,700 votes counted, Western Star won the 2021 title for its 49X Vocational Truck.

The North Carolina Farm Bureau is serving as the Presenting Sponsor of the online competition, and Business North Carolina is this year’s Media Partner. 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. The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is collaborating on the annual contest as a Supporting Organization.

“These 80 nominees showcase the broad diversity and creativity of North Carolina businesses, big and small, whose products and innovations enhance our lives,” said North Carolina Farm Bureau President Shawn Harding.

How to Vote:

Go to to vote for the coolest thing made in NC; the 10 semifinalists will be announced on Thursday, September 8. The field of candidates will narrow with each round of voting, and the winning product will be revealed on Thursday, October 6, the day before National Manufacturing (MFG) Day. October is Manufacturing Month, and MFG Day, organized nationally by the NAM and The Manufacturing Institute, highlights the rewarding career opportunities of modern manufacturing.

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. Information on last year’s winner and runners-up can be found here.

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

*Designates Small Business Category

City Company Name Product Nominated
Asheboro LipLidz* LipLidz Cocktail Glasses
Asheboro Cargo Caddie* Cargo Caddie
Asheboro/ Asheville/Raleigh Shibumi Shade* Shibumi Shade
Asheville Moog Music Etherwave Theremin
Benson Shiner Stash Jerky* Bloody Mary Beef Jerky
Boone Tarpestry* Outdoor blankets
Boone Hospitality Mints Buttermints
Brevard TVS (Transylvania Vocational Services) SuperCereal Plus
Butner Nugget Nugget Comfort Kids Couch
Chapel Hill, Pittsboro Bleep Sleep* Eclipse PAP Therapy Mask
Charlotte Collins Aerospace Commercial Aircraft Seats
Charlotte Bojangles Bojangles’s Biscuits
Chimney Rock The Rustic Lamp* Copper Shades and Lamps
Chinquapin Carolina Pickle Company* Sweet Thai Pickles
Clayton Caterpillar Caterpillar 299D3 XE Land Management Machine
Conover, Asheboro Nufabrx* Compression Sleeves
Cooleemee Memory Lane Boutique* Handmade Memory Bears
Cornelius Huck Cycles* Rebel Series
Davidson Boomerang Water* Boomerang Water
Denver WaterDog* WaterDog Adventure Gear® (WAG) Boarding Steps
Durham Dusky Electronics* D₂O Amplifier
Durham Durham Distillery* Conniption Gin
Durham Wolfspeed Silicon Carbide
Durham Bright Black Candles* Bright Black Candles
Elizabeth City TCOM TCOM Aerostats
Franklin TekTone* Tek-CARE Nurse Call Product Line
Fuquay Varina McKenzie Penworks* Diamondcast Resin Pen Blanks
Graham Benevolence Farm* Chamomile & Lavender Healing Salve
Greensboro HondaJet HondaJet Elite S
Greensboro BeachBUB* beachBUB Umbrella System
Greensboro Procter & Gamble Vick’s VapoRub
Greensboro SIPPIN SNAX Gourmet Bar Snacks* Vineyard Red Craft Peanuts
Greensboro Neese’s Neese’s Sausage
Haw River Andersen Sterilizers Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Systems
Henderson Carolina Country Snacks Fried Pork Skins
Henderson Nutro Nutro Dog Food
Hendersonville Byers Precision* Byers Precision Fabricated Panels
High Point Rifled Air Conditioning* School Bus Air Conditioners
Huntersville Carrier Carrier Commercial Air Conditioners
Indian Trail Eco-Twist* Eco-Twist Lavender Detergent
Jacksonville Walton’s Distillery* E.M. Walton’s Premium Salted Caramel
Kernersville John Deere John Deere 470 P-tier Excavator
Kings Mountain Appalachian Gear Company* All-Paca Hoodie
Lewisville Old Nick Whiskey* Hempahol Vodka Infused with Ghost Peppers
Lexington Vivid Metal Prints* Dye Sublimated Metal Prints
Lexington Piedmont Candy Company Red Bird Peppermint Candy Puffs
Linwood EGGER EGGER TFL (thermally fused laminate)
Locations throughout North Carolina Pepsi Pepsi
Louisburg Legacy Family Foods Carolina Treet
Mayodan and Mt. Holly Charlie’s Soap* Natural Powder Laundry Detergent
Maysville Bynum Family Farm/Logan Farms* All-Natural Lard Soap with Goat’s Milk
Mebane Morinaga America Foods Hi-Chew
Mt. Holly and Wilmington Gold Bond Building Products (Affiliate of National Gypsum Company) PURPLE XP® Drywall
Mt. Olive Mt. Olive Pickle Company Mt. Olive Dill Pickles
Nashville George’s BBQ Sauce* George’s BBQ Sauce
Newton Seven Seed Soap Company* Seven Seed Facial Serum
Pine Hall Wieland Thermal Solutions Finned Tubes
Raleigh Benny Ts* Benny T’s Vesta Dry Hot Sauce
Raleigh Revware* MicroScribe i+ Portable CMM arm
Raleigh Big Delicious* Big Delicious Brand’s Original Hot ‘Cue Dip
Salisbury Carolina Beverage Corp. Cheerwine
Salisbury Power Curbers 5700-D Curb & Gutter Machine
Sanford Old Glory 1350* Old Glory 1350 American Flags
Shelby IDEX Corp. Hurst Jaws of Life
Smyrna Fisherman Creations* Crab Pot Christmas Trees
Southern Pines R. Riveter Handbags and Totes
Spruce Pine Buck Stove* Model 21 Wood Stove
State Road Harris Saddles* Harris Saddles
Stony Point Shurtape T-Rex Brute Force tape
Troutman C.R. Onsrud 5-axis C-Series Router
Waynesville Mangalitsa Lard* Mangalitsa Leaf Lard
Weaverville A-B Emblem* Official NASA patch
West Jefferson Ashe County Cheese* Ashe County Cheese
Wilson Artisan Leaf* Handcrafted Tables and Bar Tops
Winston-Salem TW Garner Food Company Texas Pete Hot Sauce
Winston-Salem Krispy Kreme Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Winston-Salem Pine Hall Brick Pine Hall Brick
Winston-Salem Red Clay Gourmet* Red Clay Pimento Cheese
Winston-Salem Cook Medical Hemospray Endoscopic Hemostat device


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