Q: What is the Movers & Makers Event?

A: This event is the annual recognition of exceptional Gwinnett-based manufacturers and supply chain companies. Through the Movers & Makers awards, Partnership Gwinnett seeks to honor outstanding small, medium, and large manufacturers in Gwinnett, as well as innovators in supply chain management, and will extend the opportunity for local businesses to nominate the community’s MVP (Most Valuable Provider).

Q: Which awards are available?

A: There will be a total of six awards presented at the event:

  • 3 Manufacturers of the Year (Small, Medium, Large)
  • 2 Supply Chain Awards: Supply Chain Pioneer, and Corporate Citizen Award
  • Most Valuable Provider (for excellence in service provision)

Q: Where and when will these awards be presented?

A: The awards will be presented at a breakfast event at the Infinite Energy Forum on March 23, 2017. Registration is now open – to join us in March, please click here or the “Register Now” in the Movers & Makers dropdown menu above.

Q: Which companies can win at the Movers & Makers Awards?

A: Awards are given in three broad categories:

“Movers” (Supply Chain) awards: open to any company that operates a supply chain and/or distribution facility in Gwinnett County (facility must have been in operation for a minimum of 3 years). This category comprises two awards:

Supply Chain Pioneer:
There are two ways to win this award:

  • Showing how your company used available best practices to improve supply chain performance;
  • Through innovation, creating a new physical product, process, or procedure that has improved your supply chain performance.

Corporate Citizen Award:
Successful businesses are well-aware of the impact they can bring to the environment, workforce, and civil society through ethical sourcing, supply chain management, environmental performance, and labor practices. This award seeks to reward those Gwinnett companies that stand out as corporate citizens locally and, if applicable, globally.

“Makers” (Manufacturer) awards: open to any company that operates a manufacturing and/or assembly facility in Gwinnett County (facility must have been in operation for a minimum of 3 years counting back from the day of the awards event). This category offers awards in 3 size ranges:

  • Small Manufacturer of the Year (1-99 employees)
  • Medium Manufacturer of the Year (100-199 employees)
  • Large Manufacturer of the Year (200+ employees)

“MVP” (Most Valuable Provider) Award: Given to a service provider/vendor that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve manufacturers and/or supply chain companies in Gwinnett County. The award is by nomination only (companies cannot self-nominate) and can be given to a manufacturer/supply chain company, so long as this company is a vendor of another Gwinnett manufacturing/supply chain facility.

Q: Can my company be a nominee if it does not have a location in Gwinnett County?

A: Because the Movers & Makers Awards recognize excellence in the Gwinnett manufacturing and supply chain ecosystem, we require all winners to maintain a physical location in the County and have been in operation here for three or more years. However, you are welcome to nominate a customer, vendor, or business partner even if you do not have a location in Gwinnett.

Q: Why should I apply for an award?

A: Each of the six winning companies in 2014 are leaders in their respective industries, and this exclusivity and commitment to quality is a hallmark of the Movers & Makers Awards. Should your company win, you will receive strong publicity for your products and recognition as a benchmark company within your industry. In addition, all manufacturing nominees who qualify for the Governor’s Manufacturers Appreciation Week Awards will also be nominated for these.

Q: Who are some of the past winners or nominees?

A: In 2014, our winners were YSS Athletics, MTI Baths, Millennium Mats, LLC,  Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration, RockTenn and i-Tech e-Services.

Q: How will the awards be publicized?

A: Partnership Gwinnett will commit its full PR and marketing resources to ensuring that winners receive the maximum amount of publicity for their achievements. In addition, all manufacturing nominees who qualify for the Governor’s Manufacturers Appreciation Week Awards will also be nominated for these.

Q: Is there any cost to apply?

A: It is completely free to apply.

Q: When is the application deadline?

A: Your application must be submitted via the online form on this site by midnight, January 16, 2017.

Q: Can you fill out the application for me?

A: Because no one knows your company as well as you do we ask that you fill out the very straightforward application on this website. We are of course happy to answer any questions you may have about the application or process. Please contact Deven Cason at dcason@gwinnettchamber.org if we can be of any assistance to you.

Q: Can I apply online?

A: Yes, the application process is exclusively online. Since you will not be able to save your work while entering your information, we recommend that you prepare your responses offline in advance.

Q: I already won in previous years. Can I win again this year?

A: To ensure a wide range of applicants, two awards events must pass between the year you win and the next year you are eligible for the same award category. Therefore, 2014 winners will be eligible this year (2017), 2015 winners in 2018 and 2016 winners in 2019. However, past winners are immediately eligible to compete in all other categories than the one they succeeded in. This includes if your business has grown, and is therefore able to compete in a larger manufacturing category than the one you won earlier.

Q: Can I apply for more than one award? Do I have to fill out multiple applications?

A: You can apply, or nominate, for as many awards as you would like. If you would like us to consider another company than your own for a Mover or Maker award, please submit a separate application for them and be sure to fill out the “Nominator” fields in the online application.