AME Excellence Awards 2020: Eligibility, Fees and Timeline


Manufacturing Plant
The application entity is a single plant (facility) in the United States, Canada or Mexico. Applicants doing maintenance, repair and overhaul in either the private or public sector are eligible. The plant should have been in operation for a minimum of three years. Award eligibility must be delineated as “manufacturing” by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) (

Questions regarding eligibility can be forwarded to the AME office. AME members can contact the AME office if they wish to have one of their international affiliate operations apply. Final decisions regarding AME Excellence Award recipients are made by the AME Awards Council.

Please note we will also accept applications from healthcare service providers (hospitals). The applying organization may be in either the public or private sector.


March 13, 2020Intent to Apply and Plant Profile are due (Note: new deadline)

April 3, 2020 – Completed Excel version of the AME Lean Sensei and the Achievement Report are due (Note: new deadline)

Late-May through mid-July 2020 – Plant assessment site visits will be conducted

Mid-August 2020 – Applicants will be notified of final results

September-October – Recognition at the applicant’s site

October 26-29, 2020 – Recognition at the 36th annual AME International Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada


All members of the AME Awards Council and all AME assessors have signed confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. The AME Excellence Award also has a clear policy and process to ensure that conflicts of interest are avoided.


The application fee is $4,500. The fee must be submitted prior to, or along with, your completed workbook and supporting documentation which is due April 3, 2020. Applications received without the application fee will not be considered.

The assessment site visit fee will vary depending upon the size and scope of the plant. For a small applicant (less than 300 employees) assessment site visit, the team will generally consist of three assessors. Medium-sized sites will require a team of four to five. Large sites may require a team of six to seven assessors. This fee will generally run between $7,500 and $15,000 ($2,500/assessor). For sites outside of North America there is a flat fee of $4,500, plus the out-of-pocket cost for the assessment team’s travel. Applicants will be notified of the fee prior to the assessment site visit. Fees for site visits cover the travel costs for assessors, as well as other directly related costs for the awards program.