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Monday, January 30, 2023

MMA Announces Return of Mississippi Makers’ Challenge Sponsored by Hancock Whitney

JACKSON - The Mississippi Manufacturers Association is pleased to announce the start of the second annual Mississippi Makers’ Challenge Sponsored by Hancock Whitney. This contest is open to all manufacturers in Mississippi and will crown a product as the 'Coolest Thing Made in Mississippi'.

“The first year of the contest was a huge success,” said MMA President & CEO John McKay. “We had nearly 90 product submissions and more than 130,000 votes, and we hope to surpass those numbers this year as we spotlight the products the companies in our great state provide to the country and to the world.”

The competition begins today and runs through Friday, March 17. The winner will be announced during an awards presentation on Thursday, March 23 at the Mississippi State Capitol. Here is the contest timeline:


January 30 – February 10


February 13 – February 24


February 27 – March 3


March 6 – March 10


March 13-17


Thursday, March 23 - Mississippi State Capitol

"Hancock Whitney was founded in Mississippi 124 years ago to help people achieve their dreams. We’re still headquartered here – a strong Mississippi-based company to help create opportunities for people and the communities that we serve,” said Hancock Whitney Commercial Banking Senior Vice President James Kaigler. “Partnering with MMA to feature the best of the best in Mississippi-made products helps our state thrive and further recognizes the ingenuity and creativity of the people and businesses that make Mississippi home.”

To nominate a product and for a list of contest rules, go to and fill out the nomination form by 3 p.m. on Friday, February 10. Voting opens for all nominated products at 8 a.m. on Monday, February 13. The top 16 vote-getters will move on to a seeded bracket challenge, and each round will last one week.

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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

Since the late 1800s, Hancock Whitney has embodied core values of Honor & Integrity, Strength & Stability, and Commitment to Service, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility. Hancock Whitney offices and financial centers in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas offer comprehensive financial products and services, including traditional and online banking; commercial and small business banking; private banking; trust and asset management services; healthcare banking; and mortgage services. The company also operates a loan production office in Nashville, Tennessee. More information is available at