Coolest Thing Made in NC — Nominations Open!


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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.

Nominations close August 14, 2023



List of Nominees

Company Product Name City where Manufactured
*Amrep Amrep Garbage Trucks Salibury
*Aplix Hook and Loop Fasteners Charlotte
*Armor Express AETOS PC Vest Eden
*Atom Power Atom Switch Huntersville
*Bankote Corporation of America Banknote Corporation of America USPS Stamps Browns Summit
*Bayliss Boatworks 62′ Bayliss Boatworks Sportfishing Yacht Wanchese
*Boone Brands Patterson’s Hot Dog Chilli Sanford
*Bradford Products Custom Hotel & Resort Pools Leland
*C.R. Onsrud Q-Series 5-Axis CNC Machine Troutman
*Carolina Carports Carolina Carports Dobson
*Carolina Packers Bright Leaf Hot Dogs Smithfield
*Century Furniture Chandler Telescoping Dining Table Hickory
*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
*CSL Seqirus Flucelvax Quadrivalent Holly Springs
*Energizer Energizer AA Batteries Asheboro
*Garner Foods Texas Pete Hot Sauce Winston-Salem
*Grady-White Boats Grady-White 281 CE Greenville
*Hexagon Agility Hexagon Agility Fuel Storage and Delivery System Salisbury
*HondaJet HondaJet Elite II Greensboro
*Humacyte Human Acellular Vessel (HAV) Durham
*Lotus Bakery Biscoff Cookies Mebane
*Mallinckrodt Mallinckrodt Acetominophen Raleigh
*Merck M-M-R®II Vaccine Durham
*Mt. Olive Mt. Olive Dill Pickle Juicers Mt Olive
*Nester Hosiery Farm-to-Feet Socks Mt. Airy
*Novozymes Lipozyme Franklinton
*Nucor Nucor Steel Plate Cofield
*Power Curbers 5700-Series Slipform machine Salisbury
*Safewaze Arc Flash Construction Harness Concord
*Sandvik Coromant M5B90 Super Finishing Face Milling Cutter Mebane
*Sealed Air SEE Brand Bubble Wrap Charlotte
*Shurtape Duck Tape Stony Point
*TCOM Aerostats TCOM Aerostats Elizabeth City
*The Magnet Guys The Magnet Guys Promotional Magnets Asheboro
*Timken Taper Roller Bearings Randleman
*Wolfspeed Wolfspeed Silicon Carbide Wafers Durham
2 Hounds Design No-Pull Harness Indian Trail
350 Cheese Straws 350 Cheese Straws Beaufort
Andrew Pearson Premium Glassworks Fuzion Glass Mt. Airy
Annihilare Medical Systems, Inc. AoS-500 Lincolnton
Artisan Leaf Tobacco Leaf Tables Wilson
Ashe County Cheese Ashe County Cheese West Jefferson
Atlantic Beach Sea Salt Atlantic Beach Sea Salt Atlantic Beach
Awaken NC Beard Balm  
Benny T’s Vesta Benny T’s Vesta Dry Hot Sauce Raleigh
Bertie County Peanuts Blister Fried Peanuts Windsor
Bogue Sound Watermelons Bogue Sound Watermelons Morehead City
BREW Bikes Custom Racing Frames Creston
Bright Black Durham Candle Durham
Bright Farms Sunny Crunch Lettuce Hendersonville
Burn Bags USA The Classic Bag Summerfield
Bus Safety Solutions Extended Stop Arm Mocksville
C.E. Smith Multi-sport Kayak Trailers Greensboro
Cane Creek DB Kitsuma Coil Fletcher
Cargo Caddie Cargo Caddie Golf Cart Utility Box Asheboro
Carolina Beverage Company Cheerwine Salisbury
Carolina Textile District Marigold Beanie Burlington, Morganton, Nebo
Carriage House Tea “Sex on the Beach” Herb & Fruit Tea Asheboro
Chad’s Chai Original Black Chai Winston-Salem
Charlie’s Soap Charlie’s Soap Laundry Liquid Mayodan and Mount Holly
Clay Revolution Project X Silver Clay Madison
Cold War Concealment Cold War Concealment Holsters Rockingham
CoopWorx CoopWorx Feed Silo Wilmington
Country Water Country Water Canned Wines Mocksville
Designed for Joy Designed for Joy Handbags Raleigh
Detroit Speed Detroit Speed Subframes Mooresville
Diveplane GeminAI Raleigh
Elliott Guitars Custom Guitars Hiddenite
Fisherman Creations Crab Pot Christmas Trees Smyrna
Fjord Static Rope Edge Protection (STREP) Burlington
Fogwood Farm Ghost Pepper Jam Reidsville
Forza X1 F-22 All-electric Center Console Motor Boat Old Fort
Fun Mom Band “Mom’s Fanny” Bag Boone
Genixus KinetiX Concord/Kannapolis
George’s BBQ Sauce George’s BBQ Sauce Nashville
Gia Distillery FJW Solera Style American Whiskey Madison
Gulo Composites (KEIR Manufacturing) GGA 38 Carbon Wheelset Brevard
Holohan’s Hot Rod Shop Steel Exhaust Hangers Mooresville
HSM Machine Works F-35 Fighter Jet Landing Gear Components Leland
Industry Nine Bicycle Wheels Asheville
Jabin Beverage Jabin Beverage Durham
Jake & Meta Designs Jake & Meta Designs Calendars Morehead City
Jenni’s Ugly Chocolates Sweet Potato Crunch Bonbon Greenville
KALO Foods Gluten-free Ginger Snap Cookie Madison/Stokesdale
K-Vegas Nuts Goober’s Mix Kernersville
L.A. West Sprinter Luxury Transportation Bus Statesville
LazerEdge NC Coasters Mt. Airy
Lucid Bots Lucid Bots Sherpa Drone Charlotte
M7 Tuning M7 Tuning Mini Lift Kits Mooresville
MacLellan Bagpipes MacLellan Bagpipes Zebulon
Mamasita’s Gourmet White Corn Tortilla Chips Newport
Matthew Kelly Pottery Matthew Kelly Pottery Asheboro
Memory Lane Boutique Custom Memory Bears Cooleemee
Mojotone NC-2 Acoustic Guitar Pickup Burgaw
MusicMedic Saxophone Pads Wilmington
Night Owl National Stoneworks Night Owl National Stoneworks Custom Desks Eden
Ocean Therapy Potions Bug Off Spray Oak Island
Opie Way Opie Way X HH Canvas Sneaker Fletcher
Penny Portrait Penny Portrait Kit Apex
Piedmont Candy Company Red Bird soft Peppermint Puffs Lexington
Piedmont Pennies Piedmont Pennies Charlotte
Prints and Clay Prints and Clay handcrafted pottery Greenville
Queen City Crunch Queen City Crunch Pretzels Raleigh
Rescue Essentials Slishman Traction Splint Generation 2 Leland
Restor3d 3-d Printed Kinos Axiom Total Ankle System Durham
Rulmeca Rulmeca Motorized Pulley Wilmington
Sheets Sheets Laundry Detergent Mooresville
Shibumi Shibumi Shade Asheboro/Asheville
SilverQuicken Education Questclub Kits Chapel Hill
Southern Supreme Southern Supreme Nutty Fruitcake Bear Creek
SPEVCO NC Be Pro Be Proud workforce education trailers Pfafftown
Station 1978 Firehouse Peanuts Station 1978 Firehouse Peanuts Mount Airy
Still There Shine Sauce Pig Polish Charlotte
SylvanSport SylvanSport VAST Travel Trailer Brevard
The Beach Mule The Beach Mule Currie
Trio Labs Micro-precision Metal Components RTP/Durham
Troutman Chairs Troutman Rocking Chairs Troutman
US Legend Cars The Legend Car Harrisburg
U-TECK Attick-Trax Illuminated Fayetteville
Vestaron Vestaron SPEAR Durham
WaterDog Adventure Gear (WAG) Boarding Steps WaterDog Adventure Gear (WAG)® Boarding Steps Denver
Waynesville Soda Jerks Waynesville Soda Jerks Sodas Waynesville
Weldon Mills Weldon Mills All-Malt Bourbon Weldon
Wrightsock Coolmesh II No Blister Sock Burlington