the malcolm baldrige national quality award is the nation's highest quality award. the application and review process is outlined in this work. the objective of this study was to examine the five previous winners in the manufacturing category and to establish a firm conclusion about the award's impact. the impact of the award was examined in several categories including financial performance, market share, and employee productivity. this study explored the accomplishments of each company and compared the common factors they shared with one another. it was found that all five companies experienced tremendous financial growth on average of 100% in either sales or revenue as a result of their dedication to quality which ultimately led to winning the mbnqa.