Plant Engineering's Top Plant award program honors the outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. The 2013 Top Plant Award will be featured in the December 2013 issue of Plant Engineering and will be formally honored at the 2014 Engineering Awards in Manufacturing dinner.
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“Top Plant has become synonymous with excellence in production, maintenance, productivity and safety,” said Plant Engineering content manager Bob Vavra. “Our past winners, including 2012 recipients Pfizer Global Supply and Masco Cabinetry, exemplify the best of U.S. manufacturing, and what all manufacturing plants aspire to – a commitment to quality in all areas of their operation.”
First presented in 2004, Top Plant will honor up to five manufacturing plants in the 2013 program.
Beyond the recognition is an opportunity for manufacturers to conduct an internal audit of operations against the criteria in the Top Plant entry form. Entrants also can benchmark their plants’ performance against other entrants.
"Past entrants – even those who were not chosen for the award – have told us the most valuable part of the process has been the ability to quantify their operation against the Top Plant criteria,” Vavra said. “This process allows manufacturers to take stock of their work, their metrics and their year-over-year improvements.”
Application Fee & Submission
The application fee is $495.00. Upon completing Part 1 of the application you will be required to download and complete Part 2 of the application. Part 2 must be emailed to the Plant Engineering staff for review. Upon receipt of Part 2 of the application you will receive an email directing you to a page on www.plantengineering.com to submit the application fee of $495.
Application forms and fees must be submitted to Plant Engineering magazine by Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
- September 16: Deadline for applications and fees
Early October: Selections finalized, honorees notified
End of October: Plant tours of winning facilities for the December 2013 cover story
Applications for Plant Engineering Top Plant recognition must be submitted in two parts. The forms are to be completed by filling in the appropriate fields in each form, submitting Part 1 through CFE Media's third-party survey platform, downloading and completing Part 2, then emailing Part 2 to Plant Engineering project manager Amanda McLeman (AMcLeman(at)CFEMedia.com). Upon emailing Part 2 to the project manager, you will receive a confirmation message directing you to a page on www.plantengineering.com to submit payment for the application fee. Applications will not be reviewed until the payment information has been completed - all payment must be submitted electronically.
Past Top Plant Winners
Top Plant 2012: Pfizer Global Supply, Kalamazoo, Mich., and Masco Cabinetry, Sayre, Pa.
Click here to read the feature stories about the 2012 Top Plants and view the photo galleries.
Top Plant 2011: NACCO Materials Handling Group, Berea, Ky.
Click here to read a feature story about the 2011 Top Plant and view the photo gallery.
Top Plant 2010: Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Columbus, Ind.
Click here to read a feature story about the 2010 Top Plant.
Top Plant 2009: Siemens Industry Inc., Norwood, Ohio
Top Plant 2008: Square D, Columbia, Mo., and Quality Float Works, Schaumburg, Ill.
Click here to read more about the 2008 Top Plants.
Top Plant 2007: GEMA, Dundee, Mich.; SEW Eurodrive, Lyman, S.C.; and Spirax Sarco, Blythewood, S.C.
Top Plant 2006: BMW, Spartanburg, S.C.; Square D, Lincoln, Neb.; and Toyota, Georgetown, Ky.
Top Plant 2005: Daimler-Chrysler, Belviedere, Ill.
Top Plant 2004: Hewlett Packard, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and S+C Electric, Chicago