JACKSON – The Mississippi Manufacturers Association is proud to announce the launch of the 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 contest begins today and runs through Friday, April 8. The winner will be announced during a luncheon at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson on Wednesday, April 13. Here is the contest timeline.
February 22 – March 11: Nomination Stage
March 14 – March 18: Initial Round of Voting
March 21 – March 25: Round of 16
March 28 – April 1: Round of 8
April 4 – April 8: Round of 4
April 13: Awards Luncheon
“I’m excited to announce the launch of the Mississippi Makers’ Challenge Sponsored by Hancock Whitney,” said MMA President & CEO John McKay.
“We want to see submissions from all types of manufacturers. Whether a company creates heavy machinery, beverages, food products, or gadgets, we want to showcase the wide variety of products made right here in Mississippi.”
To nominate a product, go to msmakerschallenge.com and fill out the nomination form by 3 p.m. on Friday, March 11. Voting will open for all nominated products at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 14. The top 16 vote-getters will move on to a seeded bracket challenge, and each round will last one week.
“Today, as one of America’s strongest, safest banks, we remain a Mississippi-based business that never knows completion—always working to grow and be better for the people and places depending on us,” said Hancock Whitney Commercial Banking Senior Vice President James Kaigler. “Helping to spotlight the Mississippi Makers Challenge is another way we can help businesses across our state grow, keep our economy strong, and make Mississippi even better.
“We’re proud to celebrate the talent, ingenuity, and diverse products that distinguish our great state, and we are grateful to help showcase the best Mississippi has to offer.”
All nominations and voting will be done on the contest’s official website, msmakerschallenge.com. It also has a list of the contest’s official rules.
Mississippi Manufacturing Statistics
-Manufacturing employs 145,000 Mississippians, which accounts for 12.6 percent of the state’s non-farming workforce and is the third-largest employer
-Manufacturing accounted for $15.98 billion in real added value to the state’s Gross Domestic Product in 2020, which was the highest among private employers
-Mississippi offers a robust community college system with 15 institutions that prepare young adults for skills positions that can save students tens of thousands of dollars in tuition and student loans
-The average manufacturing salary in Mississippi is $63,226.12
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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 www.mma-web.org.
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