Official rules

Official rules for the Top Plant program, including how to enter and program schedule.

About the Top Plant program

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, and
  • 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.

Top Plant program schedule

  • Early April: Entries open
  • Early October: Entry deadline
  • Late October: Winner(s) notified via email regarding status
  • Early December: Winner(s) announced online
    • Winner(s) featured in the November/December issue of Plant Engineering

Entry form

All entries must be submitted using the official electronic entry form available at All required information on the entry form must be provided. An incomplete form or a form providing misleading or false information will result in disqualification. An authorized representative of the nominated facility must complete the entry form verifying all information.

Users are able to review their entered information prior to submitting the form. Upon submittal, the user is redirected to the Plant Engineering website to log-in and pay the processing fee. If payment is not received, entry will be void. See Entry fee for more information. Users will receive a confirmation email upon submission with a PDF copy of their entry for their records. If any correction need to be made to an entry after submission, contact Amanda McLeman at

Eligibility requirements

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.

Entry fee

The processing fee (i.e. entry fee) for the Top Plant program is $495.00. If payment is not received, entry will be void. Only credit card payments are accepted; Plant Engineering will not invoice or bill entrants for the Top Plant program. If you experience an issue when trying to pay the fee online, email Amanda McLeman at A receipt will be automatically sent to the email address provided when logging into the website immediately after payment has been captured. If payment is not received by the nomination deadline, entry will be null and void. No refunds will be issued; no exceptions.


All completed entries for the Top Plant program are evaluated by the Plant Engineering staff; outside consultation may be sought as needed.


The Top Plant(s) are featured as the cover story in the November/December issue of Plant Engineering and announced online early December at


All entries, completed and partial, for the Top Plant program remain proprietary and confidential. Facilities selected for recognition will be contacted for the release of any information. Facilities not selected for recognition will remain anonymous.

Program contacts

Questions regarding the Top Plant program should be directed to Kevin Parker,, and McKenzie Burns,