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Manufacturers, Are You Ready to Address Your Business Challenges and Get National Recognition?

A woman and a man heavy industry engineers stand in steel metal manufacturing factory, use digital tablet and having a discussion.
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The Baldrige Excellence Framework’s Criteria helps manufacturers with today’s challenges, including strategy and resilience, operational effectiveness, supplier management, digitization and industry 4.0, and workforce issues.

Step 1

Improve your performance by ​partnering for feedback and recognition with your state or region​al Baldrige-based ​program affiliated with the nonprofit Alliance for Performance Excellence, a partner of NIST’s Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.

Step 2

Conduct an assessment at the national level for feedback. Your company’s story may be eligible for our nation’s only Presidential award for organizational performance excellence!

Take these steps to get your business recognized and—more importantly—to

  • Increase revenue
  • Acquire and retain contracts, grants, and customers
  • Accelerate growth
  • Compete more effectively in a global market​place

Get Started Today!

Contact your local Alliance for Performance Excellence Program.

Baldrige in Manufacturing

The Baldrige Program began in 1987 to support U.S. manufacturers in being competitive in a global market. Its Baldrige Excellence Framework© and Criteria have adapted with the changing times and can be especially helpful for the challenges of today’s manufacturers. Learn more from Baldrige Award recipients in Manufacturing.

MESA 2020 Baldrige Award Recipient in Small Business employee working steel pipelines to prevent corrosion.
Credit: MESA

2020, 2012, 2006 Baldrige Award Recipient

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control photo of employee working on  sensor system.
Credit: Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
2012 Baldrige Award Recipient

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company photo of employee with their dog at work.
Credit: Nestlé Purina PetCare Company

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
2010 Baldrige Award Recipient

View all Baldrige Award Recipients.

What Organizations Are Saying

sustains and maintains a succession of learning

James E. Berry, President, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, 2012 Baldrige Award recipient

Baldrige sustains and maintains a succession of learning—a model to stay out front of constant change.
It helps an organization to reset if its processes are not as efficient as they should be.

growth line shifted exponentially after we started

Terry May, President and Founder, MESA, 202020122006 Baldrige Award Recipient

 Our business has grown exponentially over the last 20 years and that growth coincides almost perfectly with our Baldrige journey. We’ve maintained an average growth rate of almost 10%. So, for anyone, who is wondering whether the Baldrige process is worth the time or money, I’d offer this. . . . we were on a path of growth before we started practicing Baldrige, but that growth line shifted exponentially after we started.


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Created September 24, 2021, Updated October 4, 2023