In 500 words or less, introduce the company and tell us why it deserves to win.
Product & Manufacturing Description
Describe what you manufacture and how you make it. Use this section to explain what sets you apart from other manufacturers. Explain your best practices, innovations and unique processes. (1-2 pages)
Operational Excellence, Workplace Safety & Continuous Improvement
Examples of excellent practices including your workplace safety best practices will help paint a picture of your company. Please upload a copy of your most recent OSHA Form 300A. If you do not have a Form 300A or would like to provide additional information about your exemplary safety record, please upload other documents you feel would help the judges understand your safety culture and safety record. (1-2 pages)
Management Philosophy & Employee Commitment
Highlight the involvement of all levels in your organization and describe your commitment to developing your people. (1-2 pages)
Community Support, Stewardship and Involvement
Have you received other awards or recognition? What are you doing to improve your community? Tell us about it. (1-2 pages)
You do not have to wait to experience tremendous growth or overcome adversity to submit an application. Many winners in the program's history have simply been well-run, solid performing manufacturers.
It is important that the judges understand that a company is financially sound. This is the portion of the application where the judges will review the overall financial health and stability of the company. All information submitted will be kept confidential. Confidentiality agreements will be signed by the judges prior to review of any submitted materials. Submission of lengthy financial reports is not necessary, but concisely demonstrating stability and profitability are extremely relevant from the judges’ perspective in the overall review and selection of winners. Nominations that do not include this information may not be considered for an award.
We suggest submitting the following pieces of information for the past financial year and YTD: Balance Statement and Revenue and Expenses. Since a company will be placed in a category based on the demographics of its parent company, please send the same financial information for the parent company as described above.
If you have a parent company that is private and complete financial information is not available, please provide at minimum the company wide employee count and parent company's annual revenue in addition to the above explained financials for your respective division, subsidiary, unit, etc. An explanation of your organization's relationship with the parent company is required.
A summary of items in a chart or graph format is extremely helpful to help illustrate your story to the judges. For example, you may want to include graphs to illustrate the company’s revenue and expenses for prior fiscal year vs. current fiscal year to date
Your outside auditor is welcome and encouraged to submit a letter of recommendation for the judges to review and consider, either with the nomination or separately. Your auditor should focus on the growth and overall stability of your company. We see this component as being more as a form of the auditor’s recommendation in a narrative format. A letter from your outside auditor is not required but highly recommended.
Attach required items: Balance statement, Revenue and Expenses
Attach recommended items: graphs, charts, letter from your auditor