FMA Partners with WorkAmerica

In News by Staff Report

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 they have earned. The website can also help candidates to generate a resume based on their profile. Companies can then search the extensive database of prospective employees by location, experience, credential, or even a specific skill in order to recruit the ideal candidate.

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Pipe & Tube Charlotte Speakers Announced

In Education, News by Staff Report

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 conference series will be Sept. 20-22 in Charlotte, N.C., and features innovative technical and operational sessions such as “Improving Pipe Shop Productivity through Correct Data Extraction & Simulation,” “Mechanically Formed Outlets in Schedule 40 Pipe,” and “Tube Fabrication Operational Improvement by Usage of Coiled Tubing in a Straighten to Cut Process Application.”

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Salary/Wage & Benefit Benchmarking

In Industry Reports by Ember Seiler

FMA’s annual Salary/Wage & Benefit Survey gives companies an opportunity to see how they benchmark against their peers in the areas of: salary, wage, and benefits specifically in the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industry.

FMA has been collecting data for this survey for 21 years. Last year’s results compiled data from 123 companies detailing employment practices, benefits packages, salaries, and wage for 8,558 employees in 67 positions for applicable technology sectors in the industry. Below is a snapshot of selected data for Punch Press Operators.

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Remote Laser Welding

ALAW Enlightens Attendees on Efficiency & Strength of Lasers for Lightweighting

In Education by Ember Seiler

The ALAW® – Advanced Laser Applications Workshop took place June 6-8, 2016 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mich. completing its 23rd year of educating the laser industry. More than 170 engineers, owners, and managers convened to hear about the latest laser technology innovations and how to lightweight with lasers.

For the second year in a row during ALAW, FMA’s Lasers 101 certificate course was offered on the first day, covering laser basics, laser cutting, and laser welding. At the end of the course participants had the opportunity to complete an exam and earn an industry-recognized credential. This year’s participants gave the course rave reviews.

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Amada Press Brake Training

NEW! Hands-on Training Workshop

In Education by Ember Seiler

The FMA Metal Fabrication Lab at Harper College in Palatine (Chicago), Ill. is set to host a brand new, week-long, intensive training course this July. Most courses offered by FMA focus on only one topic or process. The Fundamentals of Metal Fabrication Hands-on Workshop offers attendees an opportunity to improve their knowledge and functional skills across the entire scope of metal fabrication. It’s a great opportunity not only to develop the expertise of operators or welders, but also for cross-training of engineers, managers, and emerging leaders.

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Visioning Now

Visioning the Now

In Guest Blogs by William Brashers, PhD

Ask the Dr. Insight from William Brashers, PHD

FMA Guest Blogger

In my prior article, “Vision and its Role in ‘Noticing,’” we introduced the topic of the reticular activating system (RAS) and its effect on what we notice around us. Since that article came out, I’ve learned the name of this “noticing” effect. It’s called the Baader-Meinhof (pronounced BAHder-MYNhoff) phenomenon. It occurs when you become aware of something and afterward spot examples of it everywhere you look. This is not our topic this month, but I thought you might like knowing it has a formal name.

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2016 Rusty Demeules Award Winner

Plymouth Tube Receives the 2016 Rusty Demeules Award

In News by Megan Paja

Rusty Demeules Award Recognizes Organization with Commitment to Excellence In Safety


ROCKFORD, Ill., March 30, 2016 – The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) and CNA today announced Plymouth Tube of Streator, Illinois as the winner of the 2016 Rusty Demeules Award for Safety Excellence. The award is presented by FMA and sponsored by CNA, and was created by FMA’s Safety Council to recognize a company with a demonstrated safety culture. The award is named in honor of Rusty Demeules, a significant volunteer contributor to FMA, who was President of the FMA Safety Committee from its inception in 1989 until 1996.

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CNA Safety Awards

2016 FMA/CNA Safety Award Winners Announced

In News by Megan Paja

ROCKFORD, Ill., March 23, 2016 – The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) and CNA today announced the recipients of this year’s Safety Awards. Open to all FMA and Tube & Pipe International (TPA) company members, the FMA/CNA Safety Awards program recognizes metal fabrication companies that have an ongoing commitment to excellence in safety. Award winners are determined by the FMA Safety Council and the awards are sponsored by CNA.

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Association of Steel Distributors Selects FMA as Management Provider

In News by Megan Paja

ASD committed to delivering value to its members and stakeholders through new partnership.


ROCKFORD, Ill., March 10, 2016—Association of Steel Distributors (ASD) has selected the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA) to manage their association. ASD will continue to operate as an independent association, but will rely on FMA for management of its day-to-day affairs, membership relations and development, event planning, compliance and reporting issues, and general operation needs. For 73 years, ASD has been the leading organization for the steel distribution industry as its primary mission is to serve the needs of steel distribution companies and professionals.

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NBT Manufactuing Camps

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Announces 2016 Manufacturing Camp Grant Winners

In News by Megan Paja

Grants Awarded to Community and Technical Colleges Offering Summer Day Camp Experiences Focused on Manufacturing for Youth


ROCKFORD, Ill., March 1, 2016 – Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA), announces the winners of its 2016 Summer Manufacturing Camp grants.

Thirty-three grants, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, for a total of $66,000, were awarded by NBT to community and technical colleges offering day camp experiences that introduce young people ages 12 to 16 to careers in manufacturing and engineering. Major sponsors of these camps are the CNA Foundation of Chicago, Kelly Services, and Disney/ABC Television.

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Software Image

FMA’s Software Council to offer complimentary educational webinar

In News by Megan Paja

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association’s Software Technology Council is presenting a webinar on Supply Chain, Lean, and Inventory Management on March 3, 2016


ROCKFORD, Ill., Feb. 9 – FMA’s Software Technology Council, a group of volunteer leaders that serves to provide FMA members and the industry unbiased information about the benefits of software solutions and automation, has announced that they will present an education program as a complimentary webinar.

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FMA Acquires Canadian Metalworking, Canadian Fabricating & Welding

In News by Megan Paja

FMA increases its commitment to important Canadian market, adds to portfolio of leading media products in North America


ROCKFORD, Ill., Feb. 2, 2016 – Manufacturing industry leader Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) has acquired the media brands Canadian Metalworking and Canadian Fabricating & Welding from Annex Business Media, based in Simcoe, ON, Canada. The brands will be part of FMA Communications Canada, a media subsidiary of FMA, which already delivers print and online products and sponsors in-person events in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

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