Mt. Olive Pickle Company One Step Closer to Winning “Coolest Thing Made in NC”


Statewide contest champions manufacturing community’s impact and innovation

RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the NC Chamber announced that Mt. Olive Pickle Company is among the 15 semifinalists named in the inaugural “Coolest Thing Made in NC” competition. The contest started with 70+ nominees, and so far, has seen more than 12,000 votes across the state. Presented by Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., the statewide online competition celebrates the variety and quality of products manufactured in North Carolina. The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is also collaborating on this initiative as a Supporting Organization. 

“Since our humble beginnings in 1926, The Mt. Olive Pickle Company has been focused on quality, innovation and value.  This foundation, along with an unwavering commitment to excellence, has led Mt. Olive Pickle Company to be the #1 selling brand of pickles, peppers and relishes in the United States,” said Greg Smith, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mt. Olive Pickle Company.

“We are proud to be a homegrown North Carolina company, and we appreciate being a nominee for the Coolest Thing Made in NC. This is going to be fun!”

North Carolina’s cutting-edge manufacturing industry generates more than 18% of the gross state product and employs more than 10% of the state’s workforce. As the exclusive North Carolina affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the NC Chamber recognizes that a strong manufacturing industry is central to the state’s economic and competitive success.

“Congratulations goes to Mt. Olive Pickle Company for advancing to the semifinals,” said NC Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido. “We are grateful to the entire manufacturing community – the backbone of our state’s economy for more than a century. As we always say at the NC Chamber: what’s made in North Carolina makes North Carolina.”

All are invited to vote for Mt. Olive Pickle Company at The top four finalists will be announced by the NC Chamber and Old Dominion Freight Line on September 21 via social media. The inaugural winner will be revealed October 2, which is MFG Day – an annual event organized by the National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute highlighting the rewarding career opportunities of modern manufacturing.

Join the contest’s social media campaign by following #CoolestThingMadeinNC. In addition to receiving a trophy, the winning company will be featured in various NC Chamber publications and promoted across its communications channels and statewide publicity efforts.


About Mt. Olive Pickle Company

Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc. is located at the Corner of Cucumber & Vine in Mount Olive, North Carolina. It was formally organized in 1926 by local business leaders as a way to create a new market for area farmers. Today, Mt. Olive Pickle Company is the largest privately-held pickle company in the nation, with operations encompassing 1.2 million square feet of production and warehouse space spread over 185 acres. Mt. Olive is the #1 best-selling brand of pickles, peppers and relishes in the United States.

About the NC Chamber

The NC Chamber works to research, develop, advocate, and communicate for solutions and policies that produce a nationally competitive business climate in North Carolina. For more information, visit

About 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.