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NCMEP Leadership in Manufacturing Award Nominations

January 16 - February 26

The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) recognizes manufacturing excellence across North Carolina, honoring manufacturers that deliver exceptional performance. 

Nominations will be accepted beginning January 16, 2023. Manufacturers are encouraged to self-nominate. The submission deadline is February 28, 2023. Winners will be honored during the 2023 North Carolina Manufacturing Conference, MFGCON, on April 20-21, 2023 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The nomination submission forms for each award are available by clicking the award title(s) below:

The Developing Markets/Economic Development award is decided on the measurement of economic impact of the manufacturer on its community, such as the overall economic impact, an increase in the overall tax base, the creation of new jobs, or criteria relevant to the goals of the program.

Continuous Improvement Award Submission Form
The Continuous Improvement Award is presented to the organization that exemplifies the use of systems of continuous improvement methodology that drive organizational behaviors that are aligned to a visual, detailed action plan and timeline.  We will be looking for evidence that standards and work instructions are simple and visual for all work processes.  It is important to provide examples of improvements made by following a scientific method, such as PDCA, or DMAIC methodology.
Innovation Award Submission Form
The selection of the Innovation Award winner will be based on how the company uses innovation to improve their business. We seek evidence that the manufacturer achieved results in areas of innovation, such as the commercialization of new products.

Advanced Talent Management/Workforce Development Award Submission Form
The Advanced Talent Management/Workforce Development Award will be presented to the manufacturer that has demonstrated excellence in workforce development, through retention, recruitment, and training.  We will look for evidence of the utilization of educational workforce development opportunities and secondary or post-secondary education from community colleges, universities, or workforce boards to  to develop a pipeline of potential employees.
Sustainable Manufacturing Award Submission Form
The Sustainable Manufacturing Award criteria is based on outstanding sustainable practices, measurable environmental or energy savings  related to production processes, product design, or product life cycle.
Community Outreach Award Submission Form
The Community Outreach Award is presented to the manufacturer that has  impacted communities in North Carolina. Criteria is rated on efforts in community involvement and the measurable impact of those efforts.
Excellence in Manufacturing Award Submission Form
The Excellence in Manufacturing Award winner honors the manufacturer that demonstrates exemplary practices across all areas of manufacturing – workforce development, sustainability, innovation, emerging markets/economic development, and continuous improvement.
A new award in 2023 – Presented jointly by the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) and Business North Carolina Magazine. This award recognizes the North Carolina CEO of the Year. The award is given to a CEO who has led strong company success over the past year in areas of revenue growth, innovation, company culture enhancement, or employee retention.

All submissions must be received by February 28, 2023


January 16
February 26
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