Innovation. Creativity. Excellence. Quality. These are just some of the words often-used to describe the life and work of Malcolm Baldrige. From ranch hand to foundry hand to Army Captain, CEO, and Commerce Secretary, Malcolm Baldrige demonstrated an unflagging commitment to business excellence, ethics, and continuous improvement.
Prior to being named the 26th Secretary of Commerce by President Ronald Reagan, Baldrige served as Chairman and CEO of Scovill, Inc. in Waterbury, Connecticut. With a focus on diversification and quality, Baldrige helped transform the financially troubled brass mill into a very successful consumer, housing and industrial goods manufacturer. He created jobs and helped establish Waterbury’s reputation as “The Brass City."