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Mt. Olive Pickle Co.’s Kosher Dill Spears are nominated for “Coolest Thing Made in NC,” an online competition of the NC Chamber.

Biting into a kosher dill spear from Mt. Olive Pickle Co. might be one of the “coolest” things you could ever do.

It’s certainly a contender. Mt. Olive Kosher Dill Pickle Spears are one of the NC Chamber’s 68 nominees in its annual “Coolest Thing Made in NC” online contest.

“Congratulations to Mt. Olive Pickles for making the list of 2021 ‘Coolest Thing’ nominations,” Gary Salamido, NC Chamber president and CEO, said in an online statement. “Made in NC products like Mt. Olive Kosher Dill Spears reflect the wonderful variety and top quality of our manufacturers’ work across our great state.”

The NC Chamber announced the nominees Aug. 20. The public will decide the winner. To vote in the contest, visit coolestthingmadeinnc.com.

Fifteen semifinalists will be announced Thursday. The field of candidates narrows with each round of voting. The winning product will be announced on Oct. 1, National Manufacturing Day.

Mt. Olive Pickle Co. was among 72 nominees when the NC Chamber launched its “Coolest Thing Made in NC” contest in 2020. That year, Mt. Olive Pickle Co. advanced to place among 15 semifinalists. The winner in 2020 was Thomas Built Buses for its Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric school bus.

The folks at Mt. Olive Pickle Co. welcomed the chance to compete again in the contest’s second year.

“We’re grateful for that,” said Lynn Williams, public relations manager for Mt. Olive Pickle Co. “This is something really fun. We do look forward to it.”

The winning company and product will receive a trophy and will be featured in NC Chamber and Business North Carolina publications, podcasts, social and digital media, and other statewide publicity efforts.

“It’s not the perfect meal without the perfect pickle,” Greg Smith, vice president of sales and marketing at Mt. Olive Pickle Co., said in an online statement. “These are the classic pickle spears you crave, and the iconic Kosher Dill flavor you love. Mt. Olive Pickle Co. has been producing your favorite pickles for nearly 100 years, and Mt. Olive is proud to be the No. 1 best-selling brand of pickles, peppers and relishes in the United States.”

Mt. Olive Pickle Co., formally organized in 1926, is located at the corner of Cucumber Boulevard and Vine Street in Mount Olive. Its 185-acre campus has 1.2 million square feet of production and warehouse space. It employs approximately 1,100 people year-round.

The NC Chamber is a business advocacy organization whose mission is to research and promote policies for a nationally competitive business climate in North Carolina.