Fabricators & Manufacturers Association  

2135 Point Blvd
Elgin,  IL  60123-7956

United States
  • Booth: A1267

Based in Elgin, Ill., FMA is a professional organization with more than 2,500 individual and company members from across North America and 20 other countries working together to improve the metal processing, forming and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings fabricators, metal producers, equipment manufacturers, and service providers together through educational programs, networking events, volunteer opportunities, and FABTECH. FMA has a technology affiliate, the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating.

The official publications of FMA include - The FABRICATOR®, The Tube & Pipe Journal®, STAMPING Journal®, Practical Welding Today®, The Fabricator® en Espanol, Canadian Metalworking, and Canadian Fabricating & Welding.

FMA’s charitable foundation, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), provides grants to community and technical colleges to produce manufacturing summer camps for youth ages 12-16 to introduce them to manufacturing career options. The foundation provides scholarships for qualified students in post-secondary educational programs leading to careers in manufacturing as well.

FMA is also the founder of Manufacturing DaySM, a national movement dedicated to addressing common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what modern manufacturing is. Although this celebration officially occurs the first Friday in October, any day can be MFG Day.

 Show Specials

  • FMA will be offering a one year individual membership (normally $150 annual dues) trial to FABTECH visitors for only $99*!

    Joining the association gets you discounts on events, resources, services, and training specifically designed to help fabrication professionals and companies succeed.

    Be sure to stop by booth A1267 to learn more about benefits and services from staff, as well as to talk with current members about the value they receive.

    *$99 show special is for first-time, new members only.


  • Bending Basics book
    This new textbook is an A-Z reference guide celebrating the art of press brakes. It is an excellent teaching resource for classroom and on-the-job-training. Get your copy today at fmanet.org/store....

  • Author Steven D. Benson, press brake industry expert, trainer, and author of the Bending Basics column for The FABRICATOR®, has created an A-Z reference guide covering:

    • The Basics

    • The Cuts

    • The Holes

    • The Bends

    • The Brakes

    • The Rollers

    • Safety

    Great for:

    • new operator training

    • updating seasoned operators

    • classroom instruction

    Order your copy at booth A1267 or fmanet.org/store.

    List price $95
    FMA member price $76

    Schools receive a 20% discount off the list price.

  • Machine Tool Technician Certificate Program
    FMA’s assessment-based Machine Tool Technician certificate program provides education and training in the machine installation start up and repair technician field. Enhance your baseline skill sets through interactive instruction and group exercises....

  • The FMA assessment-based Machine Tool Technician certificate program builds awareness and attracts new workers for the machine installation start up and repair technician field.  During this 2-day in-person class, attendees will gain knowledge on baseline skill sets for this field. Participants will benefit from interactive instruction, group exercises and sample work problems throughout the course.

    Topic areas include: safety on the job site; electrical overview; foundation/flooring overview; materials; hydraulics; CNC; gases; project management and customer service.

    This program is designed as a feeder system to equipment manufacturers’ enhanced technician training programs for new workers, and those currently working in metal fab shops who want to expand their knowledge.

    Learn more at booth A1267 or fmanet.org.

  • Welding for the Non-Welder Hands-on Workshop
    This workshop provides a basic introduction to safety and welding processes. Held at the FMA Metal Fabrication Lab on Harper College's Palatine, Ill. campus attendees will be able to practice their skills on advanced equipment....

  • Do you have some welding experience, but haven't had the chance to learn more? This is the training for you! In this day-long workshop, you'll learn and practice skills across the different types of welding.

    Harper College instructors and technical experts will guide you through the basic concepts and show how they apply on advanced equipment in the FMA Metal Fabrication Lab.

    Classes are being offered on Friday, Oct. 20 and Dec. 8 in Palatine, Ill.

    Learn more at booth A1267 or fmanet.org/calendar.

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