About FMA

FMA Headquarters in Elgin, IL

What is FMA?

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA) is a professional organization with more than 2,500 individual and company members working together to improve the metal processing, forming and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and FABTECH®, the industry’s leading trade show.

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®, 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 a co-founder of Manufacturing Day, 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.


Who Belongs to FMA?

FMA serves members involved in the following processes: bending, blanking, cutting, drawing, extruding, fastening, finishing, leveling, piercing, punching, roll forming, shearing, slitting, spinning, straightening, stamping, swaging, and welding. FMA also has a technology affiliate, the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA) which focuses on the unique needs of members involved in production and fabrication of welded and seamless pipe and tube. Membership spans the United States, Canada and Mexico, and reaches into more than 30 other countries.

Headquartered in a newly constructed office building in Elgin, Ill., FMA has a staff of more than 70 employees serving its members and the industry. FMA members are served at the volunteer level by the FMA Board of Directors, advisory boards, and technology councils.

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Magazines, e-newsletters, directories, and Web sites for the metal forming and fabricating industry.


North America’s Largest Metal Forming, Fabricating, Welding and Finishing Event.


Through manufacturing camps and scholarships, NBT is inspiring the next generation of manufacturers, inventors, and entrepreneurs.


MFG Day gives manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is all about.

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