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Semifinalists Revealed for “Coolest Thing Made in NC” Competition

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NC Chamber’s statewide contest champions manufacturing community’s impact and innovation

RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the NC Chamber announced the 30 semifinalists—15 for the medium-to-large business category and 15 for the small business category—for its annual “Coolest Thing Made in NC” online competition, which began with 130 nominees.

This is the fourth 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.

“This year’s products really run the gamut—including vaccines, food products, bagpipes, jets, and much more,” said NC Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido. “We are so grateful to the entire manufacturing community – the backbone of our state’s economy for more than a century. And we are so excited to congratulate this list of semifinalists! As we always say at the NC Chamber: what’s made in North Carolina makes North Carolina.”

Baxter 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.

How to Vote:

Go to to vote for the coolest thing made in NC. The field of candidates will narrow with each round of voting, and the winning product will be revealed on Thursday, October 5, 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):

Medium-to-Large Business Category
Manufacturing Location Semifinalist
Cofield Steel Plate by Nucor
Durham Wolfspeed Silicon Carbide
Durham Humacyte Human Acellular Vessel
Elizabeth City TCOM Aerostats
Greensboro HondaJet Elite II
Holly Springs Flucelvax Quadrivalent by CSL Seqirus
Huntersville The Atom Switch by Atom Power
Old Fort PureBond Formaldehyde-Free Hardwood Plywood
Salisbury Cheerwine
Salisbury AMREP Garbage Trucks
Smithfield Brightleaf Hotdogs
Stony Point Duck Tape by Shurtape
Troutman C.R. Onsrud’s Q-Series 5-Axis CNC Machine
Wilmington, Concord, Hickory, Newton, and Winston-Salem Corning Optical Fiber and Cable
Winston-Salem Texas Pete Hot Sauce


Small Business Category
City Semifinalist
Atlantic Beach Atlantic Beach Sea Salt
Bear Creek Southern Supreme Nutty Fruitcake
Burlington Fjord Static Rope Edge Protection
Chapel Hill SilverQuicken Education’s Quest Club Kits
Charlotte Piedmont Pennies
Greenville The Sweet Potato Crunch BonBon by Jenni’s Ugly Chocolates
Madison Gia Distillery’s FJW Solera Style American Whiskey
Morganton, Nebo, and Burlington Carolina’s Textile District’s Marigold Beanie – a collaboration between Material Return, Fonta Flora Brewery, Solid State Clothing, and Opportunity Threads
Mt. Airy Andrew Pearson Premium Glassworks Fuzion Glass
Nashville George’s BBQ Sauce
Reidsville Fogwood Farm’s Ghost Pepper Jam
Rockingham Cold War Concealment Holsters
Smyrna Crab Pot Christmas Trees by Fisherman’s Creations
Waynesville Waynesville Soda Jerks Bottled Sodas
Zebulon MacLellan Bagpipes


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