About NBT

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs®, The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (NBT)

Through its manufacturing summer camps and scholarships, NBT is inspiring the next generation of manufacturers, inventors and entrepreneurs. This site contains information on the urgent need to engage young people in career preparation for well-paid, fulfilling jobs that require hands-on skills.

NBT’s Core Purpose:
To help individuals discover the passion for making things.

Core Values:

  • Careers in manufacturing
  • Engaged leadership
  • Future generations
  • Inspiring people to work with their hands and their minds
  • Respect for the individual
  • Applied learning
  • Transforming interest into ability and then craftsmanship
  • Absolute integrity

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For The Press

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the Foundation of The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), is making news with its timely efforts to avert an imminent crisis—the unprecedented shortage of skilled workers facing today’s employer. Through its manufacturing summer camps and scholarships, NBT is inspiring the next generation of manufacturers, welders,engineers, and more. We work to dispel the myth that these jobs are low paying, dirty, dangerous and mostly a man’s work.

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Contact Information

Edward Youdell
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.

  • Email Us
  • 888-394-4362
  • 815-399-8700

NBT Board of Directors

David Brown
NBT Chair
Affiliations Unlimited, Inc.
Irvine, CA

Warren Long
NBT Vice Chair
Briggs & Stratton
Milwaukee, Wis.

R Bruce Benedict
NBT Secretary/Treasurer
Production Tube Cutting Inc.
Dayton, OH

Rory DeJohn
NBT Imm. Past Chair
Senior Vice President
Turner Construction Co.
Anaheim, CA

Teresa Beach – Shelow
Superior Joining Technologies
Machesney Park, IL

Mike Cattelino
Fox Valley Technical College
Appleton, WI

Rick Hargrove
Steel & Pipe Supply Co. Inc.
Houston, TX

Wm. “Jeff” Jeffery
Evanston, IL

David Pettigrew
Manager, Sales & Marketing
CoilPlus Alabama
Athens, AL

Steve Zerio
Central Conveyor Company
Brighton, MI

Bruce Albrecht
Vice President, Global Innovation & Technology Welding
Illinois Tool Works
Appleton, WI

Edward Youdell
FMA President & CEO
Rockford, IL