About Us

Manufacturing is the backbone of a strong economy.

And it’s worth celebrating.


What’s made in North Carolina makes North Carolina.

The Coolest Thing Made in NC is a celebration of our state’s manufacturing community, spearheaded by the NC Chamber.

Our mission is to research, develop, advocate, and communicate for solutions and policies that produce a nationally competitive business climate in North Carolina. As the state affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers, the NC Chamber understands that a strong manufacturing industry is the backbone of our state’s economy and critical to our competitiveness. From consumer goods like furniture, tape, textiles, and food to pharmaceuticals, construction and vehicle equipment, steel, and more, the products created by manufacturers fuel everything that happens in our state.
Read more about how the NC Chamber serves as the voice for our state’s manufacturers.

Presenting Sponsor: Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is a leading, less-than-truckload (“LTL”), union-free motor carrier providing regional, inter-regional and national LTL services through a single integrated organization. Our service offerings, which include expedited transportation, are provided through an expansive network of service centers located throughout the continental United States. Through strategic alliances, the Company also provides 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.


Supporting Organization: NC Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is a network of nine North Carolina organizations that provide extension services designed to enhance the productivity, innovative capacity and technological performance of NC manufacturing companies. Together, we work for a common goal of providing solutions and services that help our clients save time and energy, improve productivity, increase sales, improve profits and create and retain jobs. NCMEP is the official representative of the MEP National Network ™, a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, and NIST MEP in North Carolina.