Manufacturers Association (AAMA)
The AAMA was founded in 1960 as
the national association representing U.S. apparel manufacturers.
Though many believed the industry was too fragmented to make this
possible, leaders of the Southern Garment Manufacturers Association
forged ahead and, together with the National Association of Shirt,
Pajama and Sportswear Manufacturers, formed the American Apparel
Manufacturers Association – an organization that represented every
segment of the industry, regardless of company size, location,
product line or type of distribution. AAMA's mission was to help
create an environment in which the U.S. apparel industry could
operate competitively and profitably in a global economy.
The result of this effort is one of the strongest
national trade associations representing approximately 80% of
wholesale apparel sales of U.S. companies and includes manufacturers
of allied needle trade products as well. Its membership has plants
located in almost every state in the union. Activities include
advocacy towards Congress and federal agencies as well as strong
programs in economics, education, technology, government affairs,
marketing, communications and industry relations. Industry
executives pool their resources and talent as part of AAMA's
programs, committees and services.
Footwear Industries of
FIA's roots stretch back to 1869 serving as
the only national association for footwear manufacturers, importers
and distributors, and suppliers to the leather and allied trades.
The membership is diverse and dynamic with both footwear and
supplier members operating in all of the world's hemispheres. Shoe
company members source around the world, reaching to the far corners
of the globe to satisfy the demands of a rapidly changing
marketplace. Supplier members deliver a wide assortment of materials
and products for all of the leather and needle trades, including
leather, chemicals, machinery, components, synthetics, textiles,
upper and soling materials, computer technology and more. FIA helps
U.S. footwear companies achieve growth through education, advocacy,
research and networking opportunities.