2008 Top Plant Application Information

The PLANT ENGINEERING TOP PLANT awards recognize industrial plants that achieve outstanding operational results through application of engineering disciplines.


Top Plant: Program overview and Entry Form
Due date: 5 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 5, 2008

The PLANT ENGINEERING TOP PLANT awards recognize industrial plants that achieve outstanding operational results through application of engineering disciplines.

More specifically, TOP PLANT seeks to:
* Identify plants that have achieved a high level of operational excellence
* Identify best practices in plant engineering management
* Identify quantifiable levels of excellence for manufacturing/processing plants and the plant engineering function.

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 and 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.

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.

Each Top Plant will be honored by coverage in the December issue of PLANT ENGINEERING magazine and a special presentation during the Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit each spring at a site to be determined.

Application procedure
Applications may be obtained by downloading the official entry form .
Applicants must use the official application form. Applications may be submitted in print, on CD, or by e-mail attachment. Digital forms must be in MS Word format. All materials must be submitted in a single package.

Application fee and submission
Application fee is $500. Checks should be payable to PLANT ENGINEERING.
Application forms and fees must be received in the offices of PLANT ENGINEERING magazine by 5 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 5, 2008.

April 1 %%MDASSML%% applications available online
September 5 %%MDASSML%% deadline for applications and fees
September %%MDASSML%% selections finalized, honorees notified
September %%MDASSML%% plant tours of winning facilities for the December cover story

Application instructions
Applications for PLANT ENGINEERING TOP PLANT recognition must be submitted using this form . The form is to be completed by filling in the appropriate fields in the form, then saving it to CD or other electronic file.

Applications may be submitted on CD or by e-mail attachment. If submitted on CD, entry fee must accompany the CD. If submitted by e-mail attachment, it will not be accepted until a check for the entry fee is received by PLANT ENGINEERING.

The application form is available for download now , or by request to PLANT ENGINEERING Editor Bob Vavra , 2000 Clearwater Dr., Oak Brook, IL 60523; 630-288-8779.

Questions regarding the application should be addressed to PLANT ENGINEERING Editor Bob Vavra , 630-288-8779, .

Entry fees and applications on CD should be mailed to:

E-mail applications should be sent to: PLANT ENGINEERING Editor Bob Vavra

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