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 American Craft collection of 1888 Mills towels is made in Georgia from cotton grown in in the USA. 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.
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.
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.
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 four 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 backup baker of Twinkies when they are in high demand.
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.
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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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I will be boycotting all products made in Georgia, in protest of the state’s recent, horrible voter suppression laws. And I generally buy a lot of Georgia-produced products, including peaches, Okabashi sandals, pecans, peanut and Vernon Mils towels (returning tomorrow the towels I just bought for my daughter yesterday).
That’s a good start but let’s not stop there. Remember Home Depot, Chick-fil-A, and Delta Airlines. There are other well known companies from GA as well including the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, and others. Don’t purchase their jerseys, hats, etc. Remember movies and music made in GA as well. i hate to penalize the companies and their employees but people have to remember they all pay taxes (including sales taxes from our purchases) to the state government. If they cared about what was going on, these companies could have loudly and unequivocally voiced their objections to the voter suppression laws enacted in GA. Their silence speaks volumes about their concerns. Americans should be expanding voting rights, not suppressing them. The GA legislature and Governor cannot claim they were doing this to prevent voter fraud. The 2020 elections in GA were highly watched, audited, and reviewed by the courts with no evidence of widespread fraud, and little, if any, evidence of isolated instances of individual voter fraud. Their argument is specious. One person, one vote is a long-held American principle that GA is attacking in the most undemocratic manner since the imposition of literacy tests and poll taxes. The only way Americans can provide protections to fellow citizens in GA is hit them where it hurts — in their pocketbooks.
Delta did speak out against the situation and lost a sizable tax savings as a result. Standing up for the principles of democracy!
Standing up for the principles of democracy is what the law does. Delta is just a collaborator crony to the Democrats’ election fraud.
Delta has spoken out against this situation and as I read list a substantial tax credit as a result. Good on Delta for standing behind its people, it’s non-discrimination policies and it’s principles!
So you’re all about hurting your fellow Americans because they dared to stand for election integrity . Readthe actual bill, so you can see how they’re lying to you.
Stay out of Ga. nazi!
Nazi’s not welcomed in Ga.
And if you could please stay in Georgia then we could somewhat contain the communism.
The Georgia law doesn’t restrict voter rights, it only restricts voter fraud, You can do whatever you want, just know you are being lied to. I’m publishing this list on my social media. Because I’m all about justice, real justice, not Woody fake justice.
Keep your fruit georgia and your products I won’t be buying anything from that state or any other state that makes voting difficult for every American citizen.
All fascists are boycotting Ga.
So it is the fascists boycotting the communists!
You need to read the actual bill. It’s not that long. It doesn’t make voting more difficult, it makes election fraud more difficult. Compare Georgia’s election laws to, say, Delaware, the president’s state.
Now that Georgia has shown its racist & unAmericanism by making voting more difficult for minorities, I will be boycotting all of these products., many of which I don’t buy already for other reasons. There’s nothing peachy about Georgia!
Good bye Comminists!
Stop parroting the lies.
Thanks for the list. I won’t be buying ANYTHING from your dreadful state. Your peaches and EVERYTHING else will be boycotted by my family forever. Shame on your HATEFUL MURDEROUS STATE.
Right on! Glad to hear someone else calling out Georgia for being a radical right state. No more Coke products, Hostess, Vidalia onions or anything else made in Georgia for my family.
My family and I travel a lot. I had suggested many times in the past to do a family vacation there but when I discovered how corrupt the state was we opted to go to elsewhere. Now since Georgia is going down the QANON fake conspiracy path I will push people away from delta airlines as well.
Make sure you email the Georgia State Chamber of Commerce with your plans to boycott your purchases of products produced in Georgia. Also add Home Depot to your list.
“Murderous”? You people are beyond unhinged.
murderous, hateful? where are you from?
This is quite a list! And although I’ve heard of many of them, I had no idea any of them are from Georgia! My favorite are the peaches, oh, summer peaches.
I no longer live there, so I m gonna need a good shipper.
I’m looking forward to trying out the 1888 Mills Towels & Savannah Bee Company!
Why is there no mention of Mount Vernon Mils in Trion GA … The Largest Denim Fabric Mill in the nation and a 175 year old company . How was this icon missed !
Sadly until the extremely punitive and life threatening abortion laws that sex obsessed Georgia has undertaken has helped me make the decision to boycott all products from Georgia. Unless they want to change their unscientific decisions then the should make sure that any man who causes an unwanted pregnancy should undergo a vasectomy and have his wages garnished until the child graduates from college. Viagra and any other ED medications shall not be paid by insurance and the man must get permission from his wife to get them.
Exactly- just her putting togeher my boycott list!
So, you hate men.Got it.
Was chic- fa- la started in Georgia?
Yes chik fil la is georgia based. Wiki has a good list of large companies based there. I have screenshots of many items. So no home depot, coca cola, lays, delta etc. I’m going to be careful about produce to try and still support small farms, but the large companies are definitely out.
I love Okabashi sandals and it’s so cool that they recycle them!
I do like SAVANNAH BEE COMPANY products and of course peaches are my favorite fruit from Georgia!
That’s a pretty neat list. I knew about Coca Cola, but the others were news to me.
Nothing is better than some Georgia Peaches! Yum!
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.
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.
I love so many of these products – esp the Savannah Bee Company honey!
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!
Well what is more important??? Letting the state know what will happen to their businesses or going without a few luxuries for a while. We should try to boycott every large company we can. If you can support small farms go for it. But everything else should be open season
I did not know that Frito-Lay is responsible for 59 percent of the United States chip industry. I love their products!
I love those
Vidalia onion hot sauce — yum!
I always wondered about those letters on zippers. 🙂
i really didnt have a clue that coke was made in georgia never thought about it thats why its so good southern made
I love me some Coca-Cola and man… peaches be the bae!!
I love Vidalia Onions. Lots of great products made in Georgia.
I used to be addicted to Vidalia onions. Need to get back to them
I love Savannah Honey Bee stuff, especially their honey soap.
Nothing so great ona grilled burger ss a sweet Vidalia Onion from Georgia!
I love chic fil a!! Its one of my favorite “fast food” places.
soooooooo true:)!!!! my mom makes barbeque sauce for a living it is soo goood! lol:)
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.
Love this list (and Georgia)! You forgot one company~Claxton Fruit cakes (they're actually good!)
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.