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Monday, March 18, 2024

Finalists Announced in Mississippi Makers' Challenge

JACKSON – The Mississippi Manufacturers Association is pleased to announce the products advancing to the Round of 4 in the third annual Mississippi Makers’ Challenge Sponsored by Hancock Whitney, which is the final round in this year’s competition. Listed below are this year’s finalists:

  • Destin Collection, Kevin Charles Furniture – New Albany
  • GOShelter Hands-Free Wearable Canopy, GOShelter – Tupelo
  • Little Birdie Pillows, The Little Birdie – Calhoun City
  • Walk-In Coolers and Freezers, Thermo-Kool – Laurel

“Each year when this competition begins, we are always curious to see which products will be in the final round and this year’s finalists showcase the best of Mississippi’s manufacturing industry,” said MMA President & CEO John McKay. “The Round of 4 features businesses of all sizes, and we look forward to crowning one of their products as “The Coolest Thing Made in Mississippi” next week at our awards ceremony.”

Voting in the Round of 4 is now open and closes Friday at 3 p.m. Voting is open to the public, and voters can pick one of the four products once per day per device at For a link to our tournament bracket, click here. Click here for a link to a photo and a description of each product.

The winner of this year’s competition will be announced Wednesday, March 27 during a news conference at the Mississippi State Capitol.

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For more than 70 years, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association has represented the interests of Mississippi’s manufacturers at both the state and national levels. As the Voice of Industry, MMA represents manufacturers in the Mississippi Legislature and U.S. Congress. MMA promotes a strong manufacturing environment within Mississippi and is a central source of information and assistance in industrial management. To learn more about MMA and manufacturing in Mississippi, please visit

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