Awards Programs & Events


Product of the Year


The Plant Engineering Product of the Year awards are the premier honor for new products in the manufacturing market. In the November issues of Plant Engineering we publish our Product of the Year finalists, as chosen by a panel of industry experts. Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners are announced in each of the categories, plus a Grand Award winner. The Plant Engineering Product of the Year Grand Award is the most coveted prize in manufacturing product innovation.

Top Plant


Plant Engineering‘s Top Plant Award honors the outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. Top Plant has become synonymous with excellence in production, maintenance, productivity and safety, since the program was introduced in 2004. Beyond the recognition is an opportunity for manufacturers to conduct an internal audit of operations against the criteria in the Top Plant entry form. Entrants also can benchmark their plants’ performance against other entrants.

Engineering Leaders Under 40


The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program recognizes manufacturing professionals under the age of 40 who are making a significant contribution to their plant’s success, and to the control engineering and/or plant engineering professions. Our research shows that finding, training and retaining workers is the biggest issue facing manufacturing today. The goal of the Engineering Leaders Under 40 program is to call attention to these successful young engineers in manufacturing and to show how manufacturers are recruiting and developing the next generation of manufacturing professionals.