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The American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA) is a non-profit association consisting of American manufacturers of anti-friction bearings, spherical plain bearings or major components thereof. The purpose of ABMA is to define national and international standards for bearing products and maintain bearing industry statistics.



The mission of the Association Education Alliance is to identify, evaluate and develop at an affordable cost educational programs for use by member associations.



The Coalition for the Future of Manufacturing was dedicated to raising awareness of the critical importance of a strong manufacturing base to American prosperity and the challenges facing U.S. manufacturers today, and to seeking pro-growth public policy changes that will ensure a vibrant U.S. manufacturing base in the future. BIPAC (Business Industry Political Action Committee) now represents the interests of the Coalition, since its political strategy and tools help manufacturing businesses impact federal, state and local issues and elections.



The Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP) is a multi-faceted program working to ensure North America’s competitive advantage in industrial distribution in (ID) by attracting future employees and providing the training and skills needed.  

Supported by associations and organizations committed to the advancement of industrial distribution, ICP is working to:

  • Increase awareness of industrial distribution and career opportunities.
  • Position the industry and ID careers as desirable options for young people.
  • Create a career pathway including training, education, internship and mentoring programs and build a pipeline of people entering ID positions.
  • Recruit younger adults and connect employers with potential employees and ID students.
  • Engage communities and educational institutions across North America in making young people aware of industrial distribution careers and preparing them for these good jobs.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with others working to build awareness, engage and prepare potential employees to assure a skilled workforce for manufacturing and distribution.



The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the nation’s largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Its mission is to enhance the competitiveness of manufacturers by shaping a legislative and regulatory environment conducive to U.S. economic growth and to increase understanding among policymakers, the media and the general public about the vital role of manufacturing to America ’s economic future and living standards.




The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) is the Washington, DC-based trade association that represents the wholesale distribution industry. NAW is active in government relations and political action; research and education; and group purchasing. NAW provides the best Value Added Programs for the Wholesale - Distribution industry.




The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is an association for the industrial power transmission/motion control distribution channel.   Products PTDA's members distribute include adjustable/variable speed drives, bearings, belt drives, chain crives, clutches and brakes, motor/motion control devices, conveyors and material handling components, shaft couplings and U-joints, hydraulics and pneumatics, gearing, motors, industrial specialty chemicals, linear motion, and pumps.


The University of Innovative Distribution is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of wholesale distributors. Known worldwide for excellence in education, UID is sponsored by the leading distribution professional associations, in cooperation with the Industrial Distribution Program and Indiana University/Purdue University.