10 Products We Love: Made in Georgia

Georgia is known for many great things such as music, films, food, beautiful landscapes and southern charm. There are so many awesome things made in Georgia. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

Stuff We Love, Made in Georgia

1888 Mills Towels

1888 Mills has been manufacturing textile products in Griffin, GA since, well, 1888. Today, 1888 Mills manufactures towels in their Georgia facility.  The Jessica Simpson Collection of 1888 Mills towels is made in Georgia from cotton grown in Texas.  1888 Mills also manufactures organic towels at the Georgia facility.  Every household needs towels and 1888 Mills provides soft, absorbent, high quality American made towels that you can feel proud about purchasing.

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Coca-Cola

One of the most successful beverages, and brands was created in Atlanta, Georgia around 1886. Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton created caramel-colored liquid and mixed it with carbonated water. He took the mixture to a pharmacy for customers to try. The tasty beverage was sold for only five cents! The name Coca-Cola was coined by Pemberton’s bookkeeper, Frank Robinson. Coca-Cola became a global brand during World War II. Packaging plants were built in European countries to provide the soldiers with a token that reminded them of home. Today, Coca-Cola sells 1.7 billion beverages a day!

KIA Sorento & KIA Optima

KIA is not an American owned company, obviously, but in the name of celebrating manufacturing jobs, it is worth noting that the KIA Motor Manufacturing Group’s first manufacturing site in the USA is located in West Point, Georgia. This 2,200 acre facility has the capability to build over 350,000 KIA Sorentos and KIA Optimas a year from domestically sourced and imported parts.

Peaches 

When Georgia’s on your mind, the first thing you may think of is a peach. Georgia is known for their sweet peaches. Lane Southern Orchards specializes in peach products. The company’s popular products are pickled peaches, cobbler mix, peach salsa, peach mix, peach barbeque sauce, Georgia cider. The Fort Valley company also provides visitors with farm tours, and is a great place for parties or weddings.

Vidalia Onions

The Georgia state vegetable is the Vidalia onion. Vidalia onions are popular for their sweet taste. The vegetable is available from late April until mid-November. The term name ‘Vidalia onions’ was coined by tourists who visited the Vidalia Farmer’s market in search of the onions. The Vidalia Onion Brothers’ popular products are Vidalia onion relish, Vidalia sunset peach salsa, southern marinade, and onions of course.

Hostess Ding Dongs & Twinkies

They’re baaaaack! In 2012 Hostess filed bankruptcy and closed all it’s factories. In 2013, under new ownership, only 4 Hostess factories re-opened. One of those baking facilities is located in Columbus, Georgia. Hostess’s Georgia facility bakes up Ding Dongs and is the back up baker of Twinkies when they are in high demand.

Okabashi Sandals

For over 30 years, Okabashi has been manufacturing sandals in Buford, Georgia. Okabashi sandals, flip flops, and shoes are made from Eco friendly materials and are available in styles for men and women.

YKK Zippers

Have you ever checked you zipper and noticed the letters YKK? YKK manufactures fastening products all over the world, and YKK zippers are manufactured in Marietta, Georgia. The company is dedicated to providing consumers with high quality products, and great customer service.

Savannah Bee Company

Watch out Burt’s Bees! The Savannah Bee Company is a popular Georgia company that makes everything from honey to lip balm. The company was started in 2002, by beekeeper Ted Dunnard. The Savannah Bee Company sells more than 10 kinds of honey, body care products, and lip care.

Lay’s Potato Chips

Herman Lay started his career selling potato chips out of his car. Lay became a salesman at Barrett Food Products Company in Atlanta, Georgia, and later bought the company for a distributing plant for his chips. Lays quickly became ‘America’s favorite chip.’ In 1961, Lays merged with Frito to become Frito-Lay. Today, Frito-Lay is responsible for 59 percent of the United States chip industry.

Next time you’re using one of these products, make sure you have Georgia on your mind.

This post was originally published as a guest post in March 2014, and has since been updated. The original guest writers were Stefanie Paupeck,  a Communications Specialist at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and Ashley Jeter, a GDED intern.

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Comments

  1. M P Lowe says:

    Georgia folk pottery from a long list of self-taught artists: Shelby West, Ronnie and Bhronda Payne, Steve Turpin, David Meaders, Charlie B. West, Wayne Hewell, Daniel and Sherrie Boone, Roger Corn, Mark Merritt and more. So many talented people. So much beauty.

  2. Love this list (and Georgia)! You forgot one company~Claxton Fruit cakes (they're actually good!)

  3. We have a barbecue sauce that we don’t know where we got, but it doesn’t have a label on it and we feel someone might have given this to us as a gift. The lid says “produced for the coca-cola company, Atlanta, Ga. Does anyone know how we can find this product? It is absolutely decicious.

  4. soooooooo true:)!!!! my mom makes barbeque sauce for a living it is soo goood! lol:)

  5. I love chic fil a!! Its one of my favorite “fast food” places.
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  6. Nothing so great ona grilled burger ss a sweet Vidalia Onion from Georgia!
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  7. I love Savannah Honey Bee stuff, especially their honey soap.
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  8. I love Vidalia Onions. Lots of great products made in Georgia.

  9. I love me some Coca-Cola and man… peaches be the bae!!

  10. carol clark says:

    i really didnt have a clue that coke was made in georgia never thought about it thats why its so good southern made

  11. Samantha says:

    I always wondered about those letters on zippers. 🙂

  12. I did not know that Frito-Lay is responsible for 59 percent of the United States chip industry. I love their products!
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  13. Don’t forget about Georgia Crafted – we curate the BEST Georgia has to offer from gourmet food to bath/body products to home goods, stationery, art, music and more! We offer Subscription Boxes, Gift Boxes and a full online store for you to build your own box!

  14. I love so many of these products – esp the Savannah Bee Company honey!

  15. Laura Leonard says:

    Pecans should top this list. South Ga. Pecan has a good selection of pecan products and carries other nut products as well. They also ship. Pecans is what they serve in Heaven so get use to them here. Peanuts/ peanut butter- also good Ga. products.

  16. Stuff in california is WAY better!

  17. Thank you for sharing these great companies! I put The Jessica Simpson Collection of 1888 Mills towels on my list to buy as I need some new towels and these are perfect and of course I love that they are made in the USA.

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