MOTY 31St Annual Brochure

Winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges from industry, government, education, and the business media, including past MOTY award winners (sponsoring organizations do not judge the applications).

A total of four Grand Award winners will be selected - one for each of the following size categories.

Size Categories
  • Small (1-99 employees) 
  • Medium (100-299 employees) 
  • Large (300-799 employees) 
  • Mega (800+ employees)  

Download step-by-step instructions for what to include in your online application.

The judges may also decide to honor a company with a Special Award for excelling in an outstanding area. There is not a separate application process for these special awards – all applications should be written seeking Grand Awards honoring overall Manufacturing Excellence. 

The judges decisions are final and they reserve the right to withhold an award in any category if there is not a suitable winning entry. 

Judges are in no way influenced by Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP, or Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. The judging panel is independent of the program sponsors.

The Award Winners will be revealed at the awards banquet on February 21, 2019. Representatives from all nominated companies, their nominators, and guests will be invited to attend the black-tie event. The CEO (or designated proxy) will receive one complimentary registration to the event. Guests are $150 per person; tables seat up to 10 people. Early registration is recommended as the event has sold-out in the past. 

Information in the applications will be used by the judges and the sponsors for press releases about the nominees and the winners. All financial information submitted in your application will be kept confidential.

There is no entry fee to participate in this program.

Paper submissions are not allowed. Please contact the MOTY Coordinator with submission questions by email at or by calling 1-800-362-7301.

Required Application Information

All applications must include detailed information. Each company will be judged for the categories listed below. Awards are based on the details provided in the application form. To submit your application, please compile your responses to each question in a word document and then convert into a PDF. Upload using the submission information at the bottom of the page. Please upload any additional information in a PDF or image file type as indicated below. There are additional upload fields for financial data and graphics which are required for the ceremony design elements. Any photos you would like considered as part of your application should be included within your application PDF. 
Please do not exceed 35 pages.

Best practices for completing your application form

Spend time gathering all of the information needed for your application and compile into a Word document. When you are ready, create your word document as a PDF and upload that along with your supporting images when you complete the online form below.

Please correct the following:
  • Application upload required



Application Contact

Marketing/Graphics Contact


Determine your company size

Categories are based on company-wide employee count, including parent company and all subsidiaries, in and out of Wisconsin. Do not include temporary employees. Breakdown is as follows:

1. Introductory Statement
2. Product Description
3. Manufacturing Process
4. Operational and Workplace Safety Excellence/Continuous Improvement
5. Management Philosophy/Employee Commitment
6. Community Support, Stewardship and Involvement
7. Financial Stability
8. Digital Artwork/Attachments

As a nominee for this prestigious award, your company will be presented at the awards banquet in a video and on a large format poster. The following artwork files must be high resolution and files large in size in order to print clearly at a large scale. Questions relating to artwork files can be directed to the MOTY coordinator by calling 800-362-7301 or through email.

Digital Artwork: (300 dpi jpg and printable at 4" x 6")

  • Photo of top company executive
  • Photo of company exterior
  • Photo of product(s)
  • Photo of manufacturing floor/ manufacturing process
  • Company logo (preferred file format exception: Illustrator eps vector art is best format for logo; 300 dpi jpg if eps vector art is not available)
  • Photo of employee groups optional
  • Financial Data
  • OSHA Form 300A from 2016

Upload your application *

Upload your application here. Please ensure your application contains the information requested in questions 1-8 and does not exceed 35 pages.

By clicking "Submit", you are hereby certifying that the top executive of the nominated company is aware of this submission, and that all information included in this nomination is factual and accurate.

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