ORLANDO, FL--The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and The American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA) are merging, integrating their products and services to better serve the members of both associations. The announcement was made at The MFG Meeting (Manufacturing for Growth) being held in Orlando, FL, which is a gathering of hundreds of manufacturing leaders.

The new The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) will be headquartered in McLean, VA. All current employees of AMTDA will be joining the new AMT immediately.

This merger marks the beginning of a more powerful voice for the industry and an unparalleled scope of benefits for AMT’s members. The numerous advantages of this new organization include:

  • Strengthened and expanded products and services;
  • Access to powerful business intelligence systems;
  • Data and information from industry economists and analysts;
  • A focus on the priorities and needs of the industry;
  • Networking and collaboration through expanded membership; and
  • Education and “smartforce” development.

    Both boards of directors voted unanimously for the merger, and an unprecedented percentage of the combined membership participated in the vote to approve the move.

    “It has always been our goal to find better ways to serve the manufacturing industry,” says Douglas K. Woods, president of AMT. “This process, upon which we embarked two years ago, is a natural partnership that will help both organizations as we seek to advance manufacturing in the United States.”