Public Voting Narrows Field To 16 In Inaugural Manufacturing Madness

Contest to select ‘Coolest Thing Made In SC’ started with 175 nominated products

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sixteen products remain in the inaugural Manufacturing Madness presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. The winner will earn the title of “Coolest Thing Made in SC.”

Nominations were accepted Feb. 7-25, resulting in 175 nominated products. The public voted Feb. 28-March 4 for their favorites, and the top 16 vote-getters advanced to the bracket.

Voters now will visit to select a winner from each pairing in the bracket, cutting the field in half each week until the ultimate winner is selected from the Top Four. The winner will be announced in a ceremony at the Statehouse on March 30.

The 16 finalists are:

  1. 530 LXF (Scout Boats)
  2. BMW X5 (BMW Manufacturing Co.)
  3. Commercial Brick (U.S. Brick)
  4. Cosequin® (Nutramax Laboratories, Inc.)
  5. Custom Dash Panel (New Wire Marine)
  6. Domtar Lottery and Receipt Papers (Domtar)
  7. Electrolux/Frigidaire Refrigerator/Freezer (Electrolux Home Products Inc.)
  8. Encapsulated Thrust Needle Roller Bearing (Schaeffler)
  9. EZ Breathe Atomizer (Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation)
  10. F-16 (Lockheed Martin)
  11. Girl Scouts’ Daisy and Brownie Uniforms (Milliken & Company)
  12. Guardian Home Backup Generator (Generac Power Systems)
  13. Huggies Diapers (Kimberly-Clark Corporation)
  14. Steel (Nucor Steel)
  15. Talon 1000 X-4 (American Honda Motor Co., Inc. South Carolina Manufacturing)
  16. Worksman Cycles Side by Side Trike (Worksman Cycles)

The contest has captured the interest of people from across South Carolina. Manufacturers from every corner of the state were represented in the initial group of 175 nominated products, and votes have been pouring in.

“With more than 5,000 manufacturers, including some of the most iconic brands in the world, South Carolina manufacturing is the foundation of our state’s economy,” SC Manufacturers Alliance President & CEO Sara Hazzard said. “These 16 finalists provide a compelling snapshot of the high level of innovation and quality that are hallmarks of South Carolina manufacturing. They should each be proud of advancing this far, and our entire team at the SC Manufacturers Alliance is excited to see how the voting goes from here.”

Remaining Contest Timeline
March 7-11: Top 16 bracket voting
March 14-18: Top 8 bracket voting
March 21-25: Final round of bracket voting
March 30: Winner announced

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 Workforce Development & Member Relations

South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance

1340 Bull Street | Columbia, SC 29201

(O) 803.799.9695 (C) 803.528.1288


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