ROCKFORD, IL — The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) on Tuesday announced plans to move its headquarters office and operations from Rockford, Ill., to Elgin, Ill. The relocation will offer greater 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,” said 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,” Zelt said. “And, our proximity to O’Hare is advantageous for all in our industry.”
FMA executives stated the relocation will not result in the loss of any staff positions. The organization also will provide ways to help minimize inconveniences employees may face upon making the move. FMA has 75 employees.
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.”
Youdell stated the FMA budget accommodates the land purchase, building construction and relocation costs. The organization plans to sell its Rockford building.
Based in Rockford, Ill., FMA is a professional organization with nearly 2,500 members working together to improve the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH tradeshow.