Nominations sought for Manufacturing Excellence Awards


The Indiana Manufacturers Association is accepting nominations for its 2022 Manufacturing Excellence Awards.

Those highlight Indiana companies and individuals for the outstanding work they do, exceptional contributions made to the industry and their impact on the future of manufacturing in Indiana.

Nominees and winners will be recognized Oct. 19 at the IMA’s Manufacturers Hall of Fame Luncheon at Biltwell Event Center in Indianapolis.

The awards are open to all manufacturers in Indiana. Anyone may nominate an individual or a company active in Indiana’s manufacturing industry, and self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations close Sept. 5.

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Nominations for the awards are now open for the following categories:

Manufacturing Talent Champion Award (individual or company): Recognizes a company or individual who has worked to bring focus to the critical need of attracting Indiana’s next generation workforce to manufacturing’s variety of career options.

Emerging Leader Award (individual): Recognizes and honors a new manufacturing leader who has been involved in the industry for less than 10 years. It’s bestowed upon someone for exceptional contributions to the industry and the potential for future accomplishments within Indiana manufacturing. The award also signifies distinguished service to the IMA and/or other professional organizations as well as the pursuit of continued professional development and participation in community and civic affairs.

Community Impact Award (company): Recognizes a manufacturing company that has shown exemplary leadership in serving its community or the state and is an example of the involved and giving nature of manufacturers. The winning application will have demonstrated a strong commitment to community service, as reflected in their company policy, resources and employee participation, as well as a strong relationship with the IMA and/or other organizations and provide concrete results produced by these efforts.

Innovation Excellence Award (company): Recognizes a company that has introduced noteworthy innovations to advance the industry. This award showcases a company that not only has brought an innovative concept to market but has developed and maintained a culture focused on engaging the workforce to bring new ideas to life.

Lifetime Achievement Award (individual): Honors an individual who has excelled in the manufacturing industry. This individual has worked in the manufacturing industry for the majority of their career and has made significant contributions to his or her company, industry, community, the IMA and/or other professional organizations.

Anyone with questions may email Charlene Hickey at [email protected].

Formed in 1901, the Indiana Manufacturers Association is the second-oldest manufacturers association in the country and the only trade association in Indiana that exclusively focuses on manufacturing. Manufacturing is the driving force of Indiana’s economy, employing more people and contributing more to Indiana’s gross domestic product than any other industry

The association, representing more than 1,100 companies, is dedicated to advocating for a business climate that creates, protects and promotes quality manufacturing jobs in Indiana. The staff members are recognized experts in areas including tax, environment, labor relations, human resources, energy, workforce development and health care.

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