Our History

In 1950 a group of manufacturers visiting their distributors in Chicago decided they had two things in common. None were major companies, and each were meeting a specialized need withing the burgeoning farm equipment market.

They recognized the need for a common voice that could connect them with one another and represent their interests. That same year, they founded The Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association with 46 member companies.

Today, the Association is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, with its own staff of full-time professionals.

While many things have changed since 1950, the Association remains committed to meeting all of its members’ ever-changing needs. That commitment to our members has resulted in our continued growth in membership and in the services we offer.

Today almost 700 member companies enjoy the wide variety of services the Association offers.

While some of our members have grown into multi-national corporations, the vast majority of our members are multi-generational, family-owned and operated businesses. We continue to provide the value-added service our members, both large and small have learned to expect.

Association Mission Statement

The Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association shall provide industry leadership to enhance business opportunities and profitability to the Membership by providing a forum for marketing shortline equipment through networking, communications, and technology, and a forum for purchasing materials and services required by the Members.