“Nashville-based George’s BBQ Sauce is one of four finalists in a statewide contest sponsored by the N.C. Chamber, the state’s leading business advocacy organization.

“It is humbling just to be nominated … We are so thankful for the opportunity to make a great product for everyone to enjoy,” Brian Hassell, co-owner of the family business, said in a previous interview.

The “Coolest Thing Made in NC” online contest began with 70-plus nominees, and after the first round of voting, compiled the top 15 semifinalists. Nominees and semifinalists represented a broad range of manufacturing specialties, including food products, handmade soaps, children’s furniture, excavators, home appliances, electric vehicles and more.

“Congratulations to our incredible top four contenders. As we always say at the N.C. Chamber: what’s made in North Carolina makes North Carolina,” said N.C. Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido. “With more than 30,000 votes cast in this contest so far, it’s apparent that North Carolinians understand the significance of our state’s manufacturing community.”

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