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After 31K Votes, 5 Finalists Remain for Taking “Coolest Thing Made in NC” Title

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今天, the NC Chamber announced the five finalists for its second annual “Coolest Thing Made in NC” public-driven competition. Presented by Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., the statewide online contest began with 68 nominees, and after two rounds of voting, the list was narrowed to the top 15 – and, 最后, to the five finalists.

Business 北卡罗莱纳 is serving as Media Partner, and the 北卡罗莱纳 制造业 Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is collaborating as a Supporting Organization. As the exclusive 北卡罗莱纳 affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the NC Chamber knows that a strong 制造业 industry is central to the state’s economic and competitive success. 北卡罗莱纳’s cutting-edge 制造业 industry generates more than 17 percent of the gross state product and employs more than 10 percent of the state’s workforce.

Finalists (alphabetical order):

  • Caterpillar’s Cat® 938M Wheel Loader – Clayton, N.C.
  • Flucelvax Influenza Vaccine by Seqirus – H欧利斯普林斯C.
  • George’s BBQ Sauce – Nashville, N.C.
  • HondaJet Elite S – Greensboro, N.C.
  • Western Star 49X Vocational Truck – Cleveland, N.C.

“Congratulations to our incredible top five contenders. As we always say at the NC Chamber: what’s made in 北卡罗莱纳 使 北卡罗莱纳,” said NC Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido. “超过30,000 votes cast in this contest so far, it’s clear that North Carolinians share the Chamber’s love for our state’s innovative 制造业 community. This celebrated competition is a way to honor all of our state’s manufacturers – the backbone of 北卡罗莱纳’s economy for more than a century.”

To vote for the coolest thing made in NC, go to; last day to vote is September 29. The winner will be revealed on October 1, National 制造业 (MFG) Day. October is 制造业 Month, 有限公司天, organized nationally by the NAM and The 制造业 Institute, champions the rewarding career opportunities of modern 制造业.

In addition to receiving a trophy, the victorious company and product will be featured in NC Chamber and Business 北卡罗莱纳 publications, 播客, social and digital media, among additional statewide publicity efforts.

“北卡罗莱纳 has a rich 制造业 history, and it plays an important part in our economy,” said Greg Plemmons, senior vice president of sales for Old Dominion Freight Line of Thomasville, 北卡罗莱纳. “As a less-than-truckload carrier, we see many unique and innovative products shipped on our trucks. Promoting 北卡罗莱纳 goods and services is a benefit to all residents, so Old Dominion is proud to partner with the NC Chamber in a creative way to showcase the cool things made in our state.”

Join the contest’s social media campaign by following #CoolestThingMadeinNC.


e尊国际官网 the NC Chamber

The NC Chamber works to research, 开发, 提倡, and communicate for solutions and policies that produce a nationally competitive business climate in 北卡罗莱纳. For more information, visit

e尊国际官网 Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is one of the largest North American less-than-truckload (“LTL”) motor carriers and provides regional, inter-regional and national LTL services through a single integrated, union-free organization. Our service offerings, which include expedited transportation, are provided through an expansive network of service centers located throughout the continental United States. The Company also maintains strategic alliances with other carriers to provide LTL services throughout North America. In addition to its core LTL services, the Company offers a range of value-added services including container drayage, truckload brokerage and supply chain consulting.