Industry groups

The following is a growing list of organizations serving the job shop and contract manufacturing industry.. These groups have great resources to learn more about your specialty area. Join an association, attend a trade show, subscribe to newsletters, network – all great ways to build your business. If you have an organization you’d like to share with fellow readers, let me know and I’ll add it.

    • American Assoc. for Machine Translation AAMT
    • American Machine Tool Distributors Assoc. AMTDA
    • Assoc. of Facilities Engineering AFE
    • Assoc. for Manufacturing TechnologieAMT
    • Canadian Tooling and Machining Assoc. CMTA

  • Fabricators and Manufacturers Assoc. International FMAI
  • International Assoc. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers IAM
  • Machinery Dealers National Association MDNA
  • Manufacturers Assoc. for Plastics Processors MAPP
  • Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association MEMA
  • National Assoc. of Manufacturers NAM
  • National Electrical Manufacturers Assoc. EMA
  • National Tooling and Machining Assoc. NTMA
  • Open Device Vendors Assoc. ODVA
  • Precision Machined Products Assoc. PMPA
  • National Centre of Manufacturing Sciences NCMS
  • Robotics Industries Assoc. RIA
  • Semiconductor Industry Association SIA
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers SME
  • Injection Molding Div. Society of Plastics EngineerSPE
  • Tooling and Manufacturing Assoc. TMA


Safety resources

The following organizations have a great deal of safety information and guidelines to assure your employees are safe and your shop is compliant.

  • American Society of Safety Engineers: Safety ASSE
  • National Assoc. of Manufacturers: Workplace Safety NAM
  • OSHA Small Business Guidelines: OSHA

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