Lockheed Martin's F-16 Fighting Falcon was announced as the winner of the 'Coolest Thing Made in South Carolina' contest Wednesday morning on the front lawn of the South Carolina Statehouse.
The 2nd annual SC Manufacturing Madness contest, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, was a two-month contest that yielded more than 200,000 votes. The F-16 Fighting Falcon clinched the title of 'Coolest Thing Made in South Carolina.' The other three finalists include Side-by-Side Vehicles made by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. South Carolina Manufacturing in Timmonsville, the Electrolux/Frigidaire Single-Door Refrigerator and Freezer made by Electrolux Home Products Inc. in Anderson, and the 7HA.03 Gas Turbine made by GE Gas Power, part of GE Vernova in Greenville.
"South Carolina is one of the most patriotic states in the nation and is proud to be the 'Global Home of the F-16'," said Sara Hazzard, President and CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. "The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a prime example of the world-class products we make in South Carolina. This year's Manufacturing Madness contest featured hundreds of innovative and diverse products made every day by our talented workforce. Congratulations to Lockheed Martin and their 1,400 associates who proudly make the Coolest Thing Made in SC."
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster congratulated officials from Lockheed Martin and announced the winner at the Statehouse.
"South Carolina has built a global reputation as a manufacturing state where companies can make innovative products and be successful. The impact this industry has through what it makes, the communities it supports, and helps grow, truly makes South Carolina a better place to live. We're proud of the thousands of manufacturing companies who call the Palmetto State home."
The company began operations in Greenville in 1984 and currently employs approximately 1,400 associates (40% are veterans) at its South Carolina facility, the 'Global Home of the F-16.'
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