Profile: Fabricators and Manufacturers Association
Delivered August 20, 2020. Contributor: Agnidip M.
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.
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.