Top 8 Products Announced for Coolest Thing Made in SC Contest

Eight products advance in the 3rd Annual Manufacturing Madness contest presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. The winner will earn the title of “Coolest Thing Made in SC.”

The public voted March 4-7 for their favorites during the Top 16 round, and more than 103,000 votes were cast to determine which products would advance to the Top 8 bracket.

Voters can 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 4. The winner will be announced in a ceremony at the Statehouse on March 28th.

The 2024 Top 8 finalists are:

  1. Honda Talon 1000R-4 Fox Live Valve, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. South Carolina Manufacturing, Florence
  2. 9-Speed Automatic Transmission, ZF Transmissions, Laurens
  3. High Noon Sun Sips, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Chester
  4. M240 Series Machine Guns, FN Manufacturing, LLC, Richland
  5. Fire Sprinklers, Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc., Pickens
  6. 670LXS, Scout Boats, Dorchester
  7. Reishi, MycoWorks, Union
  8. Signa Hero MRI Scanner, GE HealthCare, Florence

Created by the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, the Manufacturing Madness: The Coolest Thing Made in SC contest debuted in 2022. 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.

Remaining Contest Timeline:
March 11-14: Top 8 bracket voting
March 18-21: Final round of bracket voting
March 28: 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.

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