Manufacturing Madness Is Back

3rd Annual Contest to Pick the Next Coolest Thing Made in SC

The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) has launched the 3rd annual Manufacturing Madness contest. Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Manufacturing Madness is a bracket-style competition that engages the public to select the “Coolest Thing Made in South Carolina.”

Since its inception, more than 321,000 votes have been cast and more than 250 different SC-made products have competed for the coveted title of “The Coolest Thing Made in SC.” The F-16 Fighting Falcon made by Lockheed Martin in Greenville won the contest in 2023, and Steel made by Nucor Steel Berkeley in Huger won the inaugural contest in 2022.

Nominations can be submitted at until February 22ndAny product manufactured in South Carolina can be nominated. There will be several rounds of voting to narrow down products until one is chosen as the winner.

2024 Contest Timeline:

  • February 12 – February 22: Nominations period
  • February 26 – February 29: Popular vote
  • March 4 – 7: First round of bracket voting for Top 16
  • March 11 – 14: Second round of bracket voting for Top 8
  • March 18 – 21: Final round of bracket voting
  • March 28: Winner announced at the Statehouse

“Manufacturing Madness is a celebration of our innovative and diverse manufacturing industry, as well as the thousands of skilled men and women who produce world-class products every day in the Palmetto State,” said Sara Hazzard, President and CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. “We are excited to once again spotlight the many amazing products made in South Carolina and tell the story of how manufacturing creates strong communities and economic prosperity across our great state.”

South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance
The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance is the only statewide organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of manufacturers. Its mission is to strengthen and advance South Carolina manufacturing by advocating for our members, fostering a world-class workforce, and bringing together manufacturers to connect, share, and solve industry challenges. The SCMA membership is comprised of more than 200 manufacturing companies that represent more than 100,000 associates in South Carolina.

James A. Richter
Director of Communications and Research
South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance
1340 Bull Street | Columbia, SC 29201
(O) 803.799.9695 (C) 803.528.1288

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