Top Plant: Official rules

Program Overview


The Plant Engineering Top Plant award recognizes manufacturing plants that achieve outstanding operational results through application of engineering disciplines.

More specifically, Top Plant seeks to:

  • Identify plants that achieve operational excellence
  • Identify best practices in plant management
  • Identify manufacturers who operate safe, productive, and efficient plants that are ready to meet the challenges of an evolving global manufacturing environment. Efficiency is measured both in terms of material and energy efficiency.


All manufacturing or processing facilities are eligible to apply for recognition. Recognition will be given to individual plant sites, not to companies, divisions, or departments.

A plant site receiving "Top Plant" recognition may not reapply the following year.

Confidentiality & Nondisclosure

All applications, data, and evaluation information submitted will remain proprietary and confidential. Plants selected for recognition will be contacted for the release of information and data. Plants not selected for recognition will remain anonymous. Data will be used only in the aggregate and will not be identified with any specific entrant except by code.


Applications for the Plant Engineering Top Plant program will be evaluated by the staff of Plant Engineering magazine and such other knowledgeable people as may be appropriate.


Top Plant recipients will be honored by coverage in the December 2014 issue of Plant Engineering magazine and a special presentation during the 2015 Engineering Awards in Manufacturing dinner.

Application Fee & Submission

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 1 of the application you will receive an email directing you to a page on to submit the application fee of $495.

Application forms and fees must be submitted to Plant Engineering magazine by Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.


    September 12: Deadline for applications and fees
    Early October: Selections finalized, honorees notified
    End of October: Plant tours of winning facilities for the December 2014 cover story.

Application Instructions

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) Upon emailing Part 1 you will be redirected to a page on to submit payment for the application fee, and you'll receive two confirmation emails. Application materials will not be reviewed until the payment information has been completed - all payment must be submitted electronically.

If you would like to request a printed version of these forms please contact Amanda McLeman at 630-571-4070 ext. 2209.

Questions regarding the application should be addressed to Bob Vavra, content manager for Plant Engineering, at 630-571-4070 ext. 2212, BVavra(at)