About WiM

About WiM

What is Women in Manufacturing (WiM)?

Women in Manufacturing® (WiM) is the only national trade association dedicated to providing year-round support to women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. At present, more than 2,000 individual members representing nearly 900 manufacturing companies have joined our growing ranks of industry professionals. WiM encompasses manufacturers of all types and welcomes individuals from every job function – from production to the C-Suite. Membership is available to women and men working within the manufacturing sector.


Our History


  1. 2010

    A female executive networking group for women in metalforming, powered by Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), is established and call themselves “Women in Metalforming”

  2. 2011

    As “Women in Metalforming” sought additional resources, it is discovered that there is no national resource for women in manufacturing. “Women in Metalforming” transformed into “Women in Manufacturing (WiM)” to meet this important need

  3. 2012-2014

    During this time, WiM operated underneath PMA and rapidly grew its membership, programming and partnerships

  4. 2015

    WiM filed and received its 501(c)(6) designation, and became a separate entity and national trade association

  5. 2016

    WiM filed and received its 501(c)(3) designation, creating the Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation (WiMEF), another “arm” of the trade association, to develop and deliver enhanced educational opportunities


Members by Title, Market and Region (as of 3/13/18)

  • Members by Role:
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  • Primary Market Segments Represented:
    • Aerospace
    • Chemicals
    • Consumer Packaged Goods
    • High Tech
    • Medical Devices
    • Metal
    • Plastics & Rubber
    • Automotive
    • Construction
    • Furniture & Fixtures
    • Industrial Equipment
    • Life Sciences
    • Oil & Gas
  • Members by Region:
    • Pacific - 3%
    • Rocky Mountain - 6%
    • Southwest - 3%
    • Midwest - 48%
    • Southeast - 22%
    • Northeast - 18%