Fabricators & Manufacturers Assoc Intl (FMA)
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 members can also choose affilations for additional benefits and networking opportunities: Tube & Pipe Association (TPA), Outside Processors Council (OPC), and Association of Steel Distributors (ASD).
The official publications of FMA include - The FABRICATOR®, The Tube & Pipe Journal®, STAMPING Journal®, The WELDER®, 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.