Winters can be harsh, even down in southwest Mississippi. But when an opportunity for swift job creation comes to town, the scene can heat up quickly. That’s what Port Gibson experienced this past winter when local plastics maker U.S. Dinnerware landed a whirlwind contract to produce the Perfect Bacon Bowl.

Brought to market by the same group that popularized the Snuggie—which sold millions of units—the Perfect Bacon Bowl has been nearly inescapable on late-night television.

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Originally published in Pointe Innovation, Fall 2014