From zippers to glass, shortages of basic goods hobble U.S. economy

For Lauren Rash, it’s the little things that have snarled production at her tent factory here, like the many shades of black Velcro.

Her company, Diamond Brand, just launched a new line of high-end wall tents called the Liminal, thick with vents and fasteners demanded by discerning campers. But that means using lots of Velcro. And that’s a problem, because black Velcro comes in many shades, depending on the type of raw plastic resin used to make it.

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2021 Coolest Thing Made in NC Contest

Now it’s on you to vote on who will make it to the top 15 semifinals. You may vote for your favorite product once per day, per valid email address, until Tuesday, August 31. The top 15 semi-finalists will be announced Thursday, September 2, live on the NC Chamber YouTube channel. Happy voting!

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