A Nonprofit Association of Manufacturing Professionals

SME is an international, nonprofit association of professionals, educators, and students committed to promoting and supporting the manufacturing industry. SME helps manufacturers innovate, grow and prosper by promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce, and connecting the manufacturing industry.

Formed in 1932, SME is the manufacturing industry’s leading voice for advancement and opportunity. We offer resources for manufacturers, promote advanced manufacturing technology, and work to develop a skilled workforce. Today, we connect the most prestigious, experienced, and innovative professionals in the business. We understand the problems you face, and we’re here to help find solutions to meet today’s manufacturing needs. 

SME is helping the world’s manufacturers adapt, innovate, grow and prosper. An SME membership gives you access to the people who can help you throughout your career. Join now and start building your own personal connections and let SME assist in your manufacturing journey and contribute to your career development.


enhance progress, prosperity, and strong communities through manufacturing.


 inspire, prepare, and support our stakeholders in the advancement of manufacturing.


advance manufacturing and attract future generations.

SME’s Local Tennessee Chapter

With nine recognized chapters in Tennessee, SME 43 is the Nashville Chapter of SME. Our active member roster includes industrial organizations throughout the state of Tennesse and bordering states including Kentucky, Alabama, and Georgia. SME Nashville Chapter 43 proudly supports manufacturing in the Middle Tennessee area by:

  • holding monthly plant tours
  • supporting student SME chapters
  • providing Educational Awards and financial scholarships for college students training for careers in manufacturing
  • providing professional growth through chapter management
  • providing technical and classified manufacturing 

SME 43 is a sponsor for three student chapters, including Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, TN, Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN, and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) in Hartsville, TN.

SME 43 is recognized by the National organization as a Platinum Status chapter. We are honored to attain this highest-achieving status having excelled in four selection categories:

  • professional development

  • communications

  • advancement of manufacturing

  • merit