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For Immediate Release: June 5, 2012
Michael O'Brien, WDMA, (202) 367-1280
Dick Wilhelm, FMA, (850) 294-7963


 WDMA and FMA Announce Plan to Affiliate and Integrate Operations


The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA) today announced an agreement in principle to formally affiliate and eventually integrate operations.  As organizations dedicated to representing the window, door and skylight industry, the agreement will allow the industry to enhance and expand its representation of the industry in the Southeastern U.S.


For a number of years, WDMA, a national industry association with offices in Chicago and Washington, DC, and FMA, a regional association headquartered in Tallahassee, FL, have worked closely on codes, standards and technical issues impacting the industry in the Southeastern U.S.  FMA Executive Director Dick Wilhelm has often represented both organizations before state and local governments.  The organizations also share a significant number of the same members.  With 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.  This agreement will formalize our relationship, maintain continuity and maximize limited resources.  We look forward to developing a final plan which will work to the benefit of both WDMA and FMA members," said WDMA Chair Ann Duebner, vice president of sales and administration for Eggers Industries in Two Rivers, WI.


"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," added FMA President Steve Strawn, product compliance policy manager for JELD-WEN, inc. in Klamath Falls, OR.


Over the coming months both organizations will begin the process of formalizing the details of the agreement for final approval by both organizations, with the formal change expected to take effect in January 2015.  In the meantime, WDMA and FMA will continue to maintain their current close working relationship.



About WDMA: Founded in 1927, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association is the premier trade association representing the leading manufacturers of residential and commercial window, door and skylight products for the domestic and export markets. WDMA members are focused on Total Product Performance™ products that are designed and built to performance-based standards. The association is focused on key member needs in the areas of advocacy, product performance, education and information and facilitating business interactions and relationships in the fenestration eco-system. For more information, please visit www.wdma.com.

About FMA:  The Fenestration Manufacturers Association is a regional association supporting the window and exterior door industry along with their suppliers conducting business in the southeast and Gulf coast.  FMA provides its members a "place at the table" when decisions are being made by regulatory agencies affecting their operations as well as conducting research, testing and publishing best management practices for the installation/flashing of their products in a high rainfall, high wind environment.  FMA is dedicated to the education of building officials, architects, builders and regulatory agencies concerning the performance of our members products.  To learn more about the FMA, please visit our website at www.fmausaonline.org.