AFA works closely with these affiliate associations
to advance the fence and related industries.

The Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute (CLFMI) was started in 1960 by a group of small manufacturing firms who wanted to be able to compete effectively with the larger, integrated steel companies which dominated the market after World War II. As these steel companies gradually left the chain link fence business to concentrate on larger markets (consumer products, automobiles, etc.,) the CLFMI member firms became more dominant in the marketplace.

They soon realized that the future of their market depended upon their ability to create consumer confidence in the product, and to market chain link as not only the most economical fencing product but also as one that provided quality workmanship and safety. The CLFMI members realized that industries which do not provide the consumer some level of self-regulation and standard-setting are industries destined to be regulated and monitored by government mandates and oversight.

CGA is a member-driven association of 1,700 individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground utility industry. Established in 2000, CGA is committed to saving lives and preventing damage to underground infrastructure by promoting effective damage prevention practices. CGA has established itself as the leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders.

DASMA is North America’s leading trade association of manufacturers of garage doors, rolling doors, high performance doors, garage door operators, vehicular gate operators, and access control products. Our 100+ member companies manufacture products sold in virtually every county in America, in every U.S. state, every Canadian province, and in more than 70 countries worldwide. DASMA members’ products represent more than 95 percent of the U.S. market for our industry.

The International Door Association (IDA) primary mission is to provide programs and services to door and access systems dealers, for the express purpose of enhancing their value and professionalism. Door and access systems dealers sell, install and service a vast array of products including: residential doors and operators, commercial doors and operators, fire doors, and gates.
The association is headquartered in West Milton, Ohio USA. It operates 12 Regions with a national director representing each one. Long & Associates, Inc., provides professional management services via a team of association specialists.

The Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation (IDEA) is a non-profit educational foundation established to serve the needs of the general public through effective professional development within the automated access systems industry, also known as the door and access systems industry.

Promoting property protection and public safety is an important role of the industry responsible for products that include residential garage doors, rolling steel fire doors, commercial sectional and rolling doors, high speed doors and many other related access systems.

The National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association was formed in 1958 to serve the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry. Today we have nearly 600 members across the U.S. and in over a dozen foreign countries. Our members produce the full spectrum of ornamental and miscellaneous metalwork, ranging from railings to driveway gates, and from sculpture to light structural steel.