AME Excellence Awards: 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 health care service providers (hospitals). The applying organization may be in either the public or private sector.



March 1, 2021 – Intent to Apply and Plant Profile are due

April 5, 2021 – Completed Excel version of the AME Lean Sensei® and the Achievement Report are due. Download the latest Excel version of the Lean Sensei® and the Achievement Report template.

Late-May through mid-July 2021 – Plant assessment site visits will be conducted

August 2021 – Applicants will be notified of final results (typically ~45 days after site visit)

September-October, 2021 – Recognition at the applicant’s site (applicant covers travel costs)

October 18-21, 2021 – Recognition at the 37th annual AME International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (applicant covers travel costs)

At this point in time, we do not know if these activities will take place virtually or in-person wiht a physical on-site presence.



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 varies based on the applicant's affiliation with AME:

  • Member: $2,000
  • AME Consortia or Champions Club Member: $1,500
  • Non-member: $3,000

The application fee must be submitted prior to, or along with, your completed workbook and supporting documentation which is due April 1, 2021. 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. Travel expenses may run between $1,000-$2,500 depending on the location of your facility. Total costs will generally run between $8,000-$15,000. Applicants will be notified of the fee and travel estimate prior to the assessment site visit. Fees for site visits cover the awards program costs.