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Can I save the nomination or application forms while I’m working on them?

Unfortunately, you cannot at the moment, but we’re working to fix that. In the meantime, we suggest either filling out the forms on a separate sheet of paper first or be prepared to spend some time on the forms.

Who are the judges and what are they looking for when selecting the Manufacturing and Technology Award Winners?

A panel of judges consisting of industry professionals educators and representatives from the Rochester Technology & Manufacturing Association and RBJ’s editorial team select the Manufacturing and Technology Award finalists and winners. It is essential that the candidate meet the requirements outlined for the specific category they are being nominated for. It is helpful to have at least one letter of recommendation or testimonial from someone that can speak to the candidate or company’s achievements.

Should I have a letter of recommendation sent?

Letters of recommendation, testimonials, and relevant supporting documents are not required but are strongly recommended for all categories.  All supporting documentation can be emailed to [email protected]. The document will be paired to your application when it is received.

Can I buy an ad in the publication?

Please contact Suzanne at [email protected] to place an ad or purchase a sponsorship package.

What are the award categories?

The Manufacturing Innovation Award is given to a company that exhibits innovation through new product development, increased productivity and/or production quality.

The COVID-19 Innovations Award is given to a company that has exhibited innovation specifically to address the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Powerful Partnership Award recognizes a unique collaboration between a manufacturer and other manufacturers and/or service providers that allows all parties to achieve more than they could alone.

The Workforce Development Manufacturing Enterprise Division Award is given to a company that displays commitment to workforce development through investment in employee training, opportunities for advancement, job creation, and collaboration with outside partners.

The Workforce Development Training and Support Provider Award is given to a company that displays commitment to workforce development by providing opportunities for education, advancement, and training to businesses and community partners.

The Executive of the Year demonstrates leadership in the industry, commitment to staff development, and dedication the Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes Region.

The Rising Star Award recognizes an emerging leader or student in advanced manufacturing and technology (candidates must be 40 years of age or younger).

The Growth in Manufacturing Award is given to a company that has shown clear, sustained revenue growth during the past three years.

The Apprenticeship Award recognizes a current apprentice in manufacturing who is advancing his/her career through advanced training in an RTMA or business-sponsored Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program.

*The Chairperson’s Award will be selected by the RTMA Chairman and Executive Director