RALEIGH - The North Carolina Chamber announced last week that Mt. Olive Pickle Company is a nominee in the inaugural “Coolest Thing Made in NC” competition.
Presented by Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., the statewide online contest celebrates the variety and quality of products manufactured in North Carolina. The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is also collaborating on this initiative as a Supporting Organization.
“Since our humble beginnings in 1926, The Mt. Olive Pickle Company has been focused on quality, innovation and value,” said Greg Smith, executive Vice President of sales and marketing at Mt. Olive Pickle Company. “This foundation, along with an unwavering commitment to excellence, has led Mt. Olive Pickle Company to be the #1 selling brand of pickles, peppers and relishes in the United States.
“We are proud to be a homegrown North Carolina company, and we appreciate being a nominee for the Coolest Thing Made in NC. This is going to be fun.”
North Carolina’s cutting-edge manufacturing industry generates more than 18% of the gross state product and employs more than 10% of the state’s workforce.
As the exclusive North Carolina affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the NC Chamber recognizes that a strong manufacturing industry is central to the state’s economic and competitive success.
“When our lives were brought to a near standstill by COVID-19, manufacturers heroically and swiftly pivoted to produce the personal protective equipment needed by front-line workers, vulnerable populations, medical facilities, and countless businesses in every county,” said Gary Salamido, NC Chamber president and CEO.
“Now is the time for North Carolinians to unite in honoring this vital community that has served as the backbone of our state’s economy for more than a century. As we always say at the NC Chamber: what’s made in North Carolina makes North Carolina.”
Semifinalists were announced by the NC Chamber and Old Dominion Freight Line on Tuesday through social media channels, and a top four will be announced in the same fashion on September 18.
The inaugural winner will be revealed on October 2, which is MFG Day — an annual event organized by the National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute highlighting the rewarding career opportunities of modern manufacturing.
“North Carolina has a rich manufacturing 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, North Carolina. “As a less-than-truckload carrier, we see many unique and innovative products shipped on our trucks. Promoting North Carolina 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.”
In addition to receiving a trophy, the winning company will be featured in various NC Chamber publications and promoted across its communications channels and statewide publicity efforts.