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TekTone among 80 nominees named for “Coolest Thing Made in NC” Contest

When the NC Chamber announced the 80 nominees for its annual “Coolest Thing Made in NC” online competition, Macon County-based manufacturer TekTone was on the list. This is the third year that the NC Chamber has held the popular, public-driven contest, which spotlights North Carolina’s cutting-edge manufacturing industry—an industry that generates more than 17% of the gross state product and employs more than 10% of the state’s workforce.

Round 1 of voting closed at 9 p.m. on September 2 and the winners that will advance to the semifinals will be announced on Thursday, September 8. 

New for 2022, the contest will recognize two winners as opposed to one: one for businesses with fewer than 100 employees, and one for businesses with 100+ employees.

“Congratulations to our 2022 nominees; each product tells a special story of the impact and innovation manufacturers have on our great state,” said NC Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido. “As we always say at the NC Chamber: what’s made in North Carolina makes North Carolina.”

In 2020, the NC Chamber launched the “Coolest Thing Made in NC” competition to celebrate North Carolina’s vital manufacturing community – and champion the next generation of manufacturers and creators by raising awareness about the rewarding careers of modern manufacturing. Last year, after 68 products were nominated and 41,700 votes counted, Western Star won the 2021 title for its 49X Vocational Truck.

The North Carolina Farm Bureau is serving as the Presenting Sponsor of the online competition, and Business North Carolina is this year’s Media Partner. As the exclusive North Carolina affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the NC Chamber knows that strong manufacturing industry is crucial to the state’s economic and competitive success. The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is collaborating on the annual contest as a Supporting Organization.

“These 80 nominees showcase the broad diversity and creativity of North Carolina businesses, big and small, whose products and innovations enhance our lives,” said North Carolina Farm Bureau President Shawn Harding.

TekTone specializes in the design and production of high-quality, affordable, completely interoperable healthcare products including nurse call, wireless nurse call, wander management, alert integration, and pocket paging, as well as other affordable quality systems including emergency call, apartment entry, and area of rescue assistance systems that are used in a wide range of applications.

TekTone’s Tek-CARE Nurse Call Product Line was the specific product nominated to the 2022 “Coolest Thing Made in NC” competition. TekTone has UL® Listed nurse call systems to meet the needs of hospitals, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Also known as call bell or call light systems, nurse call systems are the communication link between residents or patients and caregivers. To learn more about TekTone’s Tek-CARE line, click here. 

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