CHARLOTTE – NC Chamber has announced the winners of this year’s “Coolest Thing Made in North Carolina” competition.

Troutman-based C.R. Onsrud’s Q-Series 5-Axis CNC Machine – which helps manufacturers from Boeing to Goodyear to Steinway & Son with high-speed machining of advanced materials – is the winner in the medium-to-large business category.

Static Rope Edge Protectors by Fjord, which keeps static lines from chafing on sharp edges or abrasive surfaces, won in the small business category. Also known as STREP, this product is manufactured in Burlington and has fewer than 100 employees.

C.R. Onsrud’s Q-Series 5-Axis CNC Machine is the 2023 winner of “Coolest Thing Made in NC” contest sponsored by the NC Chamber in the medium-to-large business category. Image via Business North Carolina.

The online contest began with 130 nominees. A total of 45,116 votes were cast over three rounds of public voting. C.R. Onsrud’s product, also known as the Qube, and STREP earned the top spots with 4,730 and 3,262 votes, respectively.

NC Chamber launched the competition in 2020 to honor North Carolina manufacturers and highlight careers available in the industry. North Carolina’s manufacturing industry is the largest workforce in the Southeast with approximately 475,000 North Carolinians employed by state manufacturers.

For the full list of honorees, see the full story at Business North Carolina.