Do YOU know what the Coolest Thing Made in NC is?


The Coolest Thing Made in NC contest is an exciting opportunity for manufacturers in North Carolina to showcase their innovative products and compete for the title “Coolest Thing Made in NC.” This contest not only highlights the incredible manufacturing capabilities of the state but also encourages economic growth and promotes local businesses.

The contest, organized by the North Carolina Chamber in partnership with the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP), aims to recognize and celebrate the diverse range of products made in the Tar Heel state. All industries are invited to participate and showcase their unique creations, from advanced technology to traditional craftsmanship. This contest serves as a platform to showcase the talent and creativity of North Carolina manufacturers.

Semifinal voting closes 8 p.m. EST September 15, 2023



List of Nominees

Company Product Name City where Manufactured
*Amrep Amrep Garbage Trucks Salibury
*Atom Power Atom Switch Huntersville
*Carolina Packers Bright Leaf Hot Dogs Smithfield
*Columbia Forest Products PureBond Formaldehyde-Free Hardwood Plywood Old Fort
*Corning Optical Communications Corning Optical Fiber and Cable Wilmington, Concord, Hickory, Newton and Winston-Salem
*C.R. Onsrud Q-Series 5-Axis CNC Machine Troutman
*CSL Seqirus Flucelvax Quadrivalent Holly Springs
*Garner Foods Texas Pete Hot Sauce Winston-Salem
*HondaJet HondaJet Elite II Greensboro
*Humacyte Human Acellular Vessel (HAV) Durham
*Nucor Nucor Steel Plate Cofield
*Shurtape Duck Tape Stony Point
*TCOM Aerostats TCOM Aerostats Elizabeth City
*Wolfspeed Wolfspeed Silicon Carbide Durham
Andrew Pearson Premium Glassworks Fuzion Glass Mt. Airy
Atlantic Beach Sea Salt Atlantic Beach Sea Salt Atlantic Beach
Carolina Beverage Company Cheerwine Salisbury
Carolina Textile District Marigold Beanie Burlington, Morganton, Nebo
Cold War Concealment Cold War Concealment Holsters Rockingham
Fisherman Creations Crab Pot Christmas Trees Smyrna
Fjord Static Rope Edge Protection (STREP) Burlington
Fogwood Farm Ghost Pepper Jam Reidsville
George’s BBQ Sauce George’s BBQ Sauce Nashville
Gia Distillery FJW Solera Style American Whiskey Madison
Jenni’s Ugly Chocolates Sweet Potato Crunch Bonbon Greenville
MacLellan Bagpipes MacLellan Bagpipes Zebulon
Piedmont Pennies Piedmont Pennies Charlotte
SilverQuicken Education Questclub Kits Chapel Hill
Southern Supreme Southern Supreme Nutty Fruitcake Bear Creek