Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Makes Plans to Move Headquarters

New location to provide greater access for members, other metal fabrication industry constituents.

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) announced plans to move its headquarters office and operations from Rockford, Illinois, to Elgin, Illinois. The relocation will offer better access and convenience for FMA members, suppliers and other industry stakeholders, particularly those located in the greater Chicago area or approximate to the Interstate 90 corridor, FMA executives said.

FMA anticipates breaking ground to construct a new building in April and occupancy to occur in November. The office will be located within Elgin city limits near the intersection of Interstate 90 and the Randall Road exit, approximately 45 miles from FMA’s current facility. Elgin is located about 40 miles from downtown Chicago and 25 miles from O’Hare International Airport.

“The new headquarters will offer many benefits to FMA and to the thousands of our constituents located in the Chicagoland area and beyond,” says Al Zelt, FMA board chairman. “The location greatly enhances FMA’s ability to serve the metal fabrication industry, which is our overarching goal, and sets the foundation for FMA’s future growth. 

“In addition, we now will be much closer to one of our most exciting initiatives – the new FMA Metal Fabrication Lab being built at Harper College in nearby Palatine, Ill., and set to open in January,” Mr. Zelt says. “And, our proximity to O’Hare is advantageous for all in our industry.”

Youdell said the new building itself will offer benefits for both staff and stakeholders, including added capabilities to conduct on-site training and to host other industry events.

“We will 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, trade show exhibitors and other industry partners,” says Ed Youdell, FMA president and CEO. “The relocation will help FMA meet its mission to advocate for the growth and sustainability of the North American metal processing, forming and fabricating industries.”