The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA) recently announced an agreement in principle to formally affiliate and eventually integrate operations. The agreement will reportedly allow the industry to enhance and expand its representation of the industry in the southeastern U.S.
For many years, WDMA, a national industry association with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and FMA, a regional association headquartered in Tallahassee, Fla., have worked closely on codes, standards, and technical issues impacting the industry in the southeastern U.S. In addition, the organizations share a significant number of the same members. With FMA Executive Director Dick Wilhelm’s eventual retirement, the leadership of both organizations decided the time was right to start planning the formal integration of the two associations to assure the continuity of industry representation in the Southeast and explore ways to enhance it.
“WDMA has long had a close working relationship with FMA to advance, promote and protect the interests of the industry in the Southeast,” said WDMA Chair Ann Duebner, vice president of Sales and Administration for Eggers Industries. “This agreement will formalize our relationship, maintain continuity and maximize limited resources. We look forward to developing a final plan that will work to the benefit of both WDMA and FMA members.”
“The agreement to integrate the operations of the WDMA and FMA will ensure that our mutual interests are well represented in the Southeastern U.S. for many years to come,” said Steve Strawn, FMA president and Product Compliance Policy manager for JELD-WEN Inc.