Profile: Fabricators and Manufacturers Association
To build a profile for Fabricators and Manufacturers Association including insights on its background, historical growth, financial results, future growth plans, potential challenges, and management/organizational structure.
- The Fabricators and Manufacturers Association was founded in 1970 to advocate for the growth & sustainability of the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industries in North America.
- To achieve its purpose, the non-profit organizes technology councils, educational programs, networking events and a trade show known as Fabtech.
- The organization also publishes several industry publications such as The Fabricator, The Tube & Pipe Journal, Stamping Journal, The Welder, The Fabricator en Espanol, Canadian Metalworking, and Canadian Fabricating & Welding.
- Fabricators and Manufacturers Association has two technology affiliates named Tube & Pipe Association (TPA) and Association of Steel Distributors (ASD) and a charitable foundation named Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs.
- The first board meeting of FMA was held in 1970 under the presidency of Milo J. Pitkin. Since then, the organization has worked under four presidents: Milo J. Pitkin (1970-1984), John Nandzik (1984-2002), Jerry Shankel (2002-2011) and Ed Youdell (2011-Present)
- The first member of FMA, Eaton Leonard, joined the association in 1975 and the first version of the trade show Fabtech International took place in 1981 in Cleveland.
- In 1991, the organization inaugurated its 40,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters in Rockford, Illinois.
- In 2005, for the first time, FMA’s charitable foundation included funding for its summer manufacturing camps.
- FMA founded the National Manufacturing Day in 2012.
- FMA’s charitable foundation, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT), has awarded manufacturing-related scholarships worth over US$ 1 million to summer manufacturing camps.
- Till date, FMA has also trained more than 50,000 people.
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