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 2015 issue of Plant Engineering magazine and a special presentation during the 2016 Engineering Awards in Manufacturing dinner.

Application Fee & Submission

Application fee is $495.00. Upon completing the full online-only application you will be redirected to a page on to submit the application fee of $495.

Application forms and fees must be submitted to Plant Engineering magazine by Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 (extended to Friday, Sept. 4, 2015).


    August 28: Deadline for applications and fees (EXTENDED to September 4)
    Mid-September: Selections finalized, honorees notified
    Mid-October: Plant tours of winning facilities for the December 2015 cover story.

Application Instructions

Applications for Plant Engineering Top Plant recognition must be submitted using the online form. Upon submitting the online entry form, 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 the entry form please contact Amanda Pelliccione at 631-320-0655.

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