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The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) is a professional organization with more than 2,500 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 the FABTECH® trade show. The official publications of FMA include The FABRICATOR®, The Tube & Pipe Journal®, STAMPING Journal®, Practical Welding Today®, The Fabricator® en Español, Canadian Metalworking, and Canadian Fabricating & Welding.

Safety Conference Winners

FMA/CNA Safety Awards Now Open for Submissions

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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 …

FMA Elgin Headquarters

We’ve Moved!

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FMA 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 …

Annual Meeting Keynote

Announcing FMA’s 2017 Annual Meeting Keynote

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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 …

Educators Session

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

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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 …


FMA Partners with WorkAmerica

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Partnership Aims to Help Manufacturing Employers Find Credentialed Workers ROCKFORD, Ill., August 4, 2016 – The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) announces a new partnership with WorkAmerica, an online recruiting platform designed specifically for manufacturing employers searching for workers with the appropriate skill sets, training, and credentials. On WorkAmerica, job seekers create a profile and add the industry-recognized credentials …

Pipe & Tube Charlotte Speakers Announced

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Speakers Selected and Registration Opened for North America’s Largest Tube & Pipe Conference Twenty-four session speakers have been selected for Pipe & Tube Charlotte 2016: Racing to the future with best practices and new technologies. The complete lineup is posted on the conference website. In addition registration is officially opened and can be completed online. This installment of the popular …

Technology Educators And Manufacturers Gather to Close the Skilled Labor Gap

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Third Annual FMA Conference to Address Leadership and Innovation in Training, Hiring & Retaining Skilled Manufacturing Employees ROCKFORD, Ill., May 1, 2014 – It’s rare for manufacturers and educators to meet and work on solving a common problem.  But that’s exactly what happens each year at FMA’s T.E.A.M. Summit: Where Technology Educators And Manufacturers Collaborate on Closing the Skills Gap. …

2014 U.S. Economic Forecast Driven by Four Key Influencers Predicts Manufacturing Group Analyst

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ROCKFORD, Ill., Dec. 31, 2013 – In 2014 the U.S. appears to be headed down an economic path similar to that of 2013.  It’s a path containing just enough impediments to keep America stumbling, but surviving, for yet another year.  There are four key influencers in the forecast of Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, …

Jack Stack, entrepreneur and author of The Great Game of Business, to give Opening Address at FMA Annual Conferences

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Registration for Feb 26-28 Events Available Online, Via Phone, or On Site ROCKFORD, Ill., Nov. 15, 2013 – The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) is pleased to announce that Jack Stack will deliver the keynote presentation Thursday, Feb. 27 for The FABRICATOR®’s 9th Annual Leadership Summit and FMA’s 18th Annual Toll Processing Conference. Hailed by Inc. magazine as the …

Industry Confidence is Up in Metal Fabrication Based on FMA’s Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Report for Q3 of 2013

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Report Shows Planned Capital Expenditures on Track The 3rd quarter 2013 Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association was recently released and it shows predictable strength in future manufacturing activity for this sector, based on planned capital investment. “Shops do not make capital investments unless there is a solid reason to expect the …