FMA Annual Meeting

An Invitation from FMA’s Board Chairman

In Events by Vivek Gupta

FMA’s Annual Meeting is a must-attend tradition for those working to move ahead in today’s competitive fabricating and processing market. Plan to join us March 8-10 at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans to recharge your batteries, meet fellow leaders like yourself, and learn from these new contacts in our exclusive peer-to-peer roundtables as well as interactive panel discussions.

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Safety Conference Winners

FMA/CNA Safety Awards Now Open for Submissions

In Education, Membership by Staff Report

Applying for an FMA/CNA Safety Award is a great way to recognize your employees for a job well done. Feedback from past winners has shown that some companies have celebrations to acknowledge receiving an award. They might, for example, display their plaque for the first time at a company lunch where all employees are treated to pizza and thanked for their continuing commitment to safety.Read More

Bill Blog Nov. 2016

Flexible Thinking: You Become What You Think

In Guest Blogs by William Brashers, PhD

Ask the Dr. Insight from William Brashers, PHD
FMA Guest Blogger

In my last column we looked at how to “disengage the clutch” with our thinking processes by recognizing that we are not our thoughts; rather, we are the thinker and manager of our thoughts. When we step back to examine our thinking to see which thoughts remain valuable and which thoughts have exhausted themselves, we disconnect with our thinking the way we would step out of the driver’s seat of a car. Once out of the car, we can put it on a lift and work to repair it or tune it for high performance.

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FMA Elgin Headquarters

We’ve Moved!

In News by Staff Report

FMA-new-headquarters-elgin-lunchroomFMA has officially moved into its newly constructed headquarters located in Elgin, Ill. “The new building offers benefits for both staff and stakeholders, including added capabilities to conduct on-site training and to host other industry events,” said Ed Youdell, FMA president and CEO. “We now have the most up-to-date technology and amenities, further enabling us to respond to the needs of FMA members, readers and advertisers of our publications, tradeshow exhibitors, and other industry partners.”

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Annual Meeting Keynote

Announcing FMA’s 2017 Annual Meeting Keynote

In News by Staff Report

Technology Futurist and Author of Digital Destiny to Keynote FMA Annual Meeting

ROCKFORD, Ill., Dec. 1, 2016 –  FMA is excited to announce that Dr. Shawn DuBravac, chief economist/director of research for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), will deliver the opening keynote presentation during the 2017 Annual Meeting happening March 8-10 in New Orleans.

The CTA represents more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and organizes the wildly popular CES, the global technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas. In his role as CTA’s chief economist, DuBravac provides crucial economic analysis to industry leaders regarding the health of the technology sector. In his presentation to FMA he will share which emerging technologies will disrupt business models and discuss how innovation has and will continue to affect the metal manufacturing industry.

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This Forming & Fabricating Report Can Help Your Business

In News by Mary Diamond

How do you make important decisions about the future of your business?

If you’re like most successful leaders, you look for some hard data about the market and benchmark your company against other similar organizations. In order to do this, you need information that’s relevant to the metal forming and fabricating industry, as current as possible, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. That’s where we come in.

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MFG Voice Voter

Make Voting a Priority

In Membership by Ed Youdell

On Tuesday November 8, it will be time to end debate and make a decision about who to cast your ballot for as the next President of the United States. By its very nature, our democratic republic is messy, confusing, frustrating, and most importantly worth fighting for. Regardless of which candidate you ultimately pull the lever for, participation in this year’s election helps makes us all stronger as citizens of the United States.

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Manufacturing Day 2016 Event at FMA

In Education by Mary Diamond

FMA was proud to hold it’s first Manufacturing DaySM event at our headquarters in Rockford, Ill. on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The presentation began at 4 p.m. CDT and consisted of a panel discussion with four expert speakers addressing our nation’s manufacturing skills gap and how it will impact other segments of the economy. There was time after the presentations for a brief Q&A session with attendees as well. If you’d like to learn about the manufacturing multiplier effect, R&D impact and more, you can watch the highlights of the event in the video below!

On the day of this exciting first-time event, we shared the livestream video of our MFG DAY panel on our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn pages for our online audience.

How Manufacturing Drives The Economy

This event was live at 4 PM CDT on Oct. 4th

 Featured speakers for this event:

  • Stephen Gold, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)
  • Scott Mayer, Chairman & CEO of QPS Employment Services
  • Dr. Chris Kuehl, Managing Partner of Armada Corporate Intelligence and Economic Analyst for FMA
  • Kenneth Voytek, Chief Economist for the NIST MEP Program

We look forward to celebrating Manufacturing Day each year by sharing knowledge about the industry’s impact on our communities and our lives. A big thank you to all those in metal processing, forming, and fabricating who are taking part in this national movement. Whether you’re hosting an open house, taking students on tours, or attending an event this year have a very happy MFG DAY!

Educators Session

FMA Combines Forces with the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC)

In News by Staff Report

Keynote Speakers, Concurrent Sessions Announced for Educators & Industry Conference

Rockford, Ill., Aug. 31, 2016 – Five dynamic keynote presentations have been announced for New Partnerships for Workforce Advancement, to be held Oct. 11-14 at Harper College in Palatine, Ill. FMA is co-producing this multi-day conference with the National Coalition of Advanced Technical Centers (NCATC) in an effort to promote collaboration between manufacturing educators and industry partners. The event provides a venue for leaders from learning institutions, manufacturing employers, and technical education suppliers to share strategies and solutions for closing the skills gap crisis facing the manufacturing industry.  The keynotes are:

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Flexible Thinking Leadership

Flexible Thinking: Some Basics

In Guest Blogs by William Brashers, PhD

Ask the Dr. Insight from William Brashers, PHD

FMA Guest Blogger

The last several articles have focused on visioning and its applications. In this article we are moving on to examine a very important part of leadership thinking.
I won’t put a label on this just now, but we’re talking about how to achieve flexibility, insight, and judgment in our thinking. We’ll begin with flexibility.

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