Modern Machine Shop Top Shops 2021

2021 marks the eleventh annual Modern Machine Shop Top Shops benchmarking survey, which highlights the attributes shared by leading machining businesses. After completing the survey you will receive at a later date a report customized for your shop. The report makes it quick and easy to know where your shop stands compared to the Top Shops benchmarking group and to other shops. 

To take advantage of all the benefits of participating in Top Shops, all you have to do is:
  1. Fully complete the survey for maximum value. It's in your best interest for benchmarking and scoring. It may take time to get some data - it's worth it. You may have reservations about answering certain questions. Don't worry, all responses will remain confidential.  
  2. Provide your email address to receive a report customized for your shop, showing where your shop is strong, on track, and has opportunities.
  3. Enter your contact info to be part of the Top Shops Honors Program for a chance to be profiled in an upcoming issue of Modern Machine Shop.
  4. Select ‘Submit Responses’ on the final page once you do not intend to return to the survey again.
If you get interrupted while completing the survey, you may close and return to it using the same device as many times as you like until you select ‘Submit Responses’ on the final page. 

Note this is the first time the Modern Machine Shop Top Shops benchmarking survey can be completed one time, any time throughout the current year. That means if, for example, your accounting data are not available until March, no problem. You may complete the survey in April. The sooner you complete it, though, the sooner you'll be able to act on the results.

You must submit your survey by March 30, 2021 to be considered for selection as a Top Shops honoree. Honorees will be profiled in an upcoming issue of Modern Machine Shop. 

Click here to download a PDF of the survey if you want to review the questions, consult with your team, and prepare your responses before entering them online. It is important that you answer all the questions in order to receive all the benefits Top Shops offers. If you have questions, please contact Jan Schafer, Director of Market Research, Gardner Intelligence, at