How Are Manufacturing Leadership Award Winners Selected?

ML Awards winners are selected based on evaluations by a panel of expert judges who review and vote on each nomination. The highest scoring manufacturers and individuals are designated as ML Awards winners.

One winner from each of the Project nomination categories will be selected as a High Achiever winner. These will be the projects receiving the highest judges’ score in each project-related category. Winners of the nine High Achiever Awards are unveiled at the Awards Gala event.

Two (2) Manufacturers of the Year and a Manufacturing Leader of the Year will also be selected from among all of the ML Awards winners. One Manufacturer of the Year Award will honor a large company with more than $1 billion in annual revenues, and one will be awarded to a small/midsize company with less than $1 billion in annual revenues. Winners of these awards are chosen from among all ML Project Award winners and are selected through a collaborative process based on the expert judge evaluations as well editorial evaluations. These winners are announced at the ML Awards Gala event. Finalists for these awards will be identified and contacted by Manufacturing Leadership Council researchers.

Technology partners who had an active role in an award-winning manufacturing project are eligible to be named a Partner Award Winner. Technology partners may also nominate individual leaders at a manufacturing company, but partner awards are presented only for project categories.

The ML Awards program may also chose to honor an individual with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is bestowed by the Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors. Candidate names and supporting material may be submitted for consideration to [email protected]. For more on the Lifetime Achievement Award, click here.

Manufacturers anywhere in the world are eligible for the Manufacturing Leadership Awards. Multiple nominations may be submitted by a single manufacturing enterprise, but each must be for a different project or individual achievement. No single enterprise may submit more than five (5) nominations, and no single enterprise may win more than three (3) ML Awards in a single year. Software production and distribution are not considered manufacturing activities eligible for ML Awards.

The Manufacturing Leadership Council research team reserves the right to place nominations in appropriate categories.

How We Use the Information You Provide

All information provided on the nomination forms is considered private and will only be used by the Manufacturing Leadership Council research team and the ML Awards judges.

The Manufacturing Leadership Council may draw on the information in preparing profiles of ML Awards winners, but the inclusion of nomination form information in these profiles will be subject to the approval of the winning companies.