AME Excellence Award

The AME Excellence Award recognizes North American manufacturing or healthcare organizations that have demonstrated excellence in manufacturing and business operations. The application requirement for 2019 is for a single plant or operating unit, including “maintenance, repair and overhaul” operations or a hospital in either the public or private sector. The AME Excellence Award criteria details a lean systems model for enterprise excellence. The primary focus of the award is to acknowledge continuous improvement, best practices, creativity and innovation. This award supports AME’s mission of inspiring commitment to enterprise excellence by identifying “Pearls of Excellence” or best practices to share with other AME members.

Download the award criteria 

Application Requirements

To apply for the AME Excellence award, begin by completing the Intent to Apply and Plant Profile.

Send the completed information to

Your entire application consists of the:

AME Lean Sensei
We suggest applicants gather their team and review the AME Lean Sensei questions. Keep in mind the Award Criteria as you reach consensus scores on the 60 Lean Sensei questions. Once you have gained consensus, complete the self-assessment using the Excel version of the AME Lean Sensei (Sensei). Download the Excel version of the Sensei

Achievement Report
You support the scores in the Sensei with a written Achievement Report. Use descriptions and pictures to provide evidence to support your self-assessment score. Please use the Achievement Report template.
Download the Achievement Report template

AME Excellence Awards 2019 Guidelines to Apply

Download the 2019 Guidelines to apply 

AME Excellence Awards 2019: Eligibility, Fees and Timeline

Learn more about eligibility requirements, the timeline and more. 

Nominate a company for an AME Excellence Award!

Often, companies that are achieving enterprise excellence are led by humble leaders, and humble leaders often don't seek award recognition on their own. To nominate a company, simply email with the name and contact information of the company as well as your name and contact information.

2018 AME Excellence Award Recipients

Bourbon-Lancy, France

FPT Powertrain Technologies designs, produces and sells powertrains for on- and off-road vehicles, marine and power generation applications. The company employs more than 8,000 people worldwide,... Read More

Akron, Ohio

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 64,000 people and manufactures its products in 48 facilities in 22 countries. The Innovation... Read More

Valladolid, Spain

Iveco is a brand of the CNH Industrial Group, a world leader in Capital Goods listed on the New York Stock Exchange and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario of the Borsa Italiana. IVECO designs,... Read More

Lipa City, Philippines

Littelfuse is a world leader in circuit protection with global platforms in power control and sensing. Littelfuse has more than12,000 employees in more than 50 locations throughout the Americas,... Read More

About the Awards

Selection Process

The AME Excellence Award may recognize multiple North American recipients who demonstrate excellence against the award guidelines and evaluation criteria. Any applicant that submits the required materials will be considered for an award. A company’s achievement report will be evaluated by the AME Award Evaluation Team. For companies that score high enough in this achievement report review, a site visit will be completed. A site visit will generally last 1.5 to 2 days. Recipients of the Excellence Award will be selected based on the combined results of the achievement report review and site visit feedback.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact our vice president of awards and certification, Michael Bremer at or 630-789-8262. 


Past Recipients

2017 AME Excellence Award Recipients

2016 AME Excellence Award Recipients

2015 AME Excellence Award Recipients

2014 AME Excellence Award Recipients

2013 AME Excellence Award Recipients

2012 AME Excellence Award Recipients

2011 AME Excellence Award Recipients

2010 AME Excellence Award Recipients