The "Große Preis des Mittelstandes" (Grand Award of SMEs), awarded by the Oskar-Patzelt foundation, is Germany's most coveted economic award. (DIE WELT). Companies excelling in the selection criteria "positive overall development, high innovative power, service, customer orientation, marketing as well as the creation and preservation of employment" are nominated.
Schwarzer Precision belonged to the six distinguished finalists of North-Rhine Westphalia already in the previous year. In this year’s competition the company was able to qualify also in the final round and was distinguished as "Price winner of the Großer Mittelstandspreis". The honorific speech states, among others:
"The company exercises a great degree of responsibility following the motto 'We care'. An impressive increase in turnover and a constantly growing workforce attest to the company’s quest for long-term development."
The minister of economy of the federal state Saarland, Dr. Christoph Hartmann, underlines: "The price winners belong to the elite of Germany’s small and medium-sized businesses; they shape the image of their regions."