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2020 Manufacturing Excellence Awards

Updated: Apr 23

2020 Manufacturing Excellence Awards

Open to All Indiana Manufacturers


Each year, manufacturers throughout Indiana make great strides in innovation, workforce initiatives, leadership, and contributing to their communities. 

The Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA) wants to recognize those accomplishments and spread the word so that Hoosier manufacturing continues to prosper and evolve.

Who are your outstanding peers in manufacturing? What impact and contributions have they made that make them stand out? Why not nominate your company or leading change-makers for the 2020 Manufacturing Excellence Awards?

Award categories include: Community Impact, Emerging Leader, Innovation Excellence, Large-Tier Manufacturer of the Year (More than 250 Employees), Medium-Tier Manufacturer of the Year (100-250 Employees), Small-Tier Manufacturer of the Year (Less than 100 Employees), Lifetime Achievement, and Manufacturing Talent Champion. And this year, we've added the special category of COVID-19 Response Champion. Nominees and winners will be recognized on October 28, 2020, at the IMA Hall of Fame Luncheon, at the Biltwell Event Center, in Indianapolis. 

Nomination Process


Judges will determine the winners based on the content and quality of the completed nomination forms. The awards are open to all manufacturers in Indiana. Anyone may nominate an individual/company active in Indiana’s manufacturing industry, and self-nominations are encouraged.  


The submission of additional information about the nominee/company, such as letters of recommendation/commendations, testimonials, press articles and company brochures, is highly encouraged.​ 


You may submit multiple nominations for the same company/individual, but please note that numerous nominations for the same company/individual will not make them more likely to be selected.​


Nomination Categories


Large-Tier Indiana Manufacturer of the Year (Company)

This category is for a large-tier Indiana manufacturer or individual and serves to focus public attention on the important, positive, and tangible contributions they make to their employees, customers, and communities. Large Tier is classified as encompassing manufacturing leaders of companies with more than 250 employees.


Medium-Tier Indiana Manufacturer of the Year (Company)

This category is for a medium-tier Indiana manufacturer or individual and serves to focus public attention on the important, positive, and tangible contributions they make to their employees, customers, and communities. Medium Tier is classified as encompassing manufacturing leaders of companies with 100-250 employees.


Small-Tier Indiana Manufacturer of the Year (Company)

This category is for a small-tier Indiana manufacturer or individual and serves to focus public attention on the important, positive, and tangible contributions they make to their employees, customers, and communities. Small Tier is classified as encompassing manufacturing leaders of companies with less than 100 employees.


Manufacturing Talent Champion (Individual or Company) 

Recognizes an individual who works to bring focus to the critical need of attracting Indiana’s next generation workforce to manufacturing’s variety of career options.

Emerging Leader (Individual)

This award recognizes and honors a new manufacturing leader who has been involved in the industry for less than 10 years. The Emerging Leader award is bestowed upon someone for exceptional contributions to the industry and the potential for future accomplishments within Indiana manufacturing. The award also signifies distinguished service to the IMA and other professional organizations, as well as the pursuit of continued professional development and participation in community and civic affairs.

Community Impact (Company)

The Community Impact award recognizes a manufacturing company that has shown exemplary leadership in serving its community or state and is an example of the involved and giving nature of manufacturers. The winning application will have demonstrated a strong commitment to community service, as reflected in their company policy, resources, and employee participation, as well a strong relationship with the IMA, and provide concrete results produced by these efforts.


Innovation Excellence (Company)

The Innovation Excellence award recognizes a company that has introduced noteworthy innovations to advance the industry. This award showcases a company that not only has brought an innovative concept to market but has developed and maintained a culture focused on engaging the workforce to bring new ideas to life.


Lifetime Achievement (Individual) 

This award honors an individual who has excelled in the manufacturing industry. This individual has worked in the manufacturing industry for the majority of their career and has made significant contributions to their company, industry, community, the IMA and other professional organizations. 

COVID-19 Response Champion

The COVID-19 Response Champion award recognizes a manufacturer who responded to the call to assist with COVID-19 related supplies, services, or other in-demand information/equipment brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. This award recognizes outstanding leadership, innovation and/or community service efforts directly related to COVID-19.


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