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About AMFA

AMFA's Mission


AMFA enhances industry growth by facilitating educational opportunities, workforce development programs and networking events throughout the region and our communities.

2020 Annual report

Download the 2020 AMFA Snapshot covering activities and events in 2020.

  • Arrowhead Manufacturers and Fabricators Association (AMFA) serves the Duluth/Superior and Arrowhead regions of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • AMFA offers four categories of membership including manufacturers, distributors/suppliers, professional services, and K-12 education.
  • Membership meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month (excluding summer months), held virtually or in-person, with locations rotating between Duluth and the Iron Range. Both types of meetings feature speakers on topics of interest to manufacturers, while the in-person meetings typically include a manufacturing plant tour, and a chance to network with industry peers.
  • See Events for upcoming meetings and events.
  • The association produces a monthly newsletter, Shoptalk.

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 100 companies today. Read more.

Board and committees
AMFA Educational Trust
MBiz Solutions


AMFA, working in conjunction with Tri-State Manufacturers’ Association, launched the Midwest Manufacturers’ Association in 2001. Located in Elbow Lake, MN, MMA is a “central office” that provides services, programs and staffing to manufacturing trade associations. Members have particularly benefited from the Employer Health Plans and the other MBiz Solutions.

AMFA members enjoy a reciprocity agreement with CMMA and TSMA and may attend their meetings and events; call the office to learn more.

CMMA serves the St. Cloud region. Breakfast meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month.


TSMA serves the Alexandria/Fergus Falls/Wahpeton region. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month.

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