Mission Statement: AMFA is member driven organization helping to strengthen and grow the manufacturing and fabrication industries in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin.

History: AMFA was formed in 1997 by a grass-roots effort led by a handful of area entrepreneurs who felt the manufacturing industry would benefit from an organized effort to provide networking opportunities, local training and education offerings, joint marketing efforts, group buying, a legislative voice, and more. The founding membership of 11 companies has grown to more than 70 companies today.

Membership meetings: Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month (excluding summer months), with the location typically rotating between Duluth and Hibbing. The meetings feature speakers on topics of interest to manufacturers, manufacturing plant tours, and a chance to network with industry peers. The association also produces a monthly newsletter, the Shoptalk.