North Texas Association of Manufacturers: About Us

The Association brings together industry, academia and government representatives and resources to provide a unified framework in support of manufacturing in North Texas.

The U.S. Department of Commerce

The International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce has selected the North Texas Association of Manufacturers as one of 4 national pilot sites for their new Global Outreach Initiative, focused on providing export assistance to manufacturing and technology based enterprises. This includes support from more than 100 export Assistance Centers, the north Texas District Export Council, and Foreign Commercial Services Offices in 75 Countries.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration has executed a formal agreement to support the Association through its South Central Regional Office and 10 District Offices. The North Texas District Office serves 72 counties in north Texas, and will act as the pilot site. Assuming our success, the other 9 district offices serving the rest of Texas as well as New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, plan to launch similar initiatives. The SBA has agreed to promote the Association and identify manufacturers to participate.

The SBA will also provide government-guaranteed loan assistance in support of both the Global Outreach Initiative, and the Chamber’s government contract procurement initiative, as the Chamber works to identify companies that can manufacture goods for the U.S. Air Force. Under a Federal Partnership Intermediary Agreement, the Air Force will provide a database of more than $2 billion in contract and procurement opportunities for manufacturers. The SBA will also engage it’s 15 Small Business Development Centers and 11 satellite offices in north Texas.

National Association of Manufacturers/Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturer’s has executed a license agreement with the Arlington Chamber to provide assistance to the workforce development focus of the Council. This includes the Dream It Do It initiative, which has been extensively field tested.

Regional Partners

The Association is organized and structured as a public-private partnership, led by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. As a membership investor-based organization, the Association is committed to provide services and support to its members. These goals are most effectively achieved through a public-private partnership, inclusive of regional organizations who have committed to support the work of the Association.

Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County

Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County is our local workforce investment board, responsible for overseeing over $65 million in employment and training dollars funded through the Texas Workforce Commission. It is overseen locally by a 29 member Workforce Development Board (WGB) made up of business and community leaders.


TMAC is the Texas affiliate of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce, MEP offers its customers a wealth of unique and effective resources centered on five critical strategic growth areas: technology acceleration, supplier development, sustainability, workforce and continuous improvement.

Cross Timbers Procurement Center

The Cross Timbers Procurement Center (CTPC) helps companies find contracts for work with local, state and federal governments resulting in increased revenue and jobs in the area.

North Texas Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders

NTAGGL is a nonprofit association that supports the small business lending community, who utilize Federal and State guarantee loan programs.