Vincent Caprio, Founder and Executive Director of the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) has announced the WIAF’s partnership with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) to co-host the Sustainable Manufacturer and Water 2.0 Conference, May 20-22, 2014 at Northern Illinois University in Naperville (Chicago), Illinois.


“Sustainable manufacturing is critical to the evolution of manufacturing in the U.S. and around the world. The number one issue with sustainable manufacturing is the effective and efficient use of water,” says Jim Warren, Senior Director – Membership, Education, Foundation at FMA. “The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation is one of the leading water associations in the country and we look forward to working with Vincent Caprio and his team. Partnering with the WIAF gives us a foothold into that segment of the market and helps us to reach the people associated with the commercial use of water.”

“Working with the FMA allows me to vastly increase my ability to get our message of sustainable water use for manufacturing out to new people,” says WIAF Executive Director, Vincent Caprio. “There are many new emerging water innovations and this allows me to attract relevant FMA members to our new conference.  I am excited to be working with the FMA as they support dozens of conferences. This allows me to concentrate on improving the content of the event while the FMA helps with the administrative aspects of the show.”

This year the Sustainable Manufacturer & Water 2.0 Conference will hold a two-day event dedicated to answering the question, “How do I make my manufacturing operation more sustainable?”  Featuring an array of high-quality educational and networking opportunities to sharpen leadership, management, and technical know-how; it will bring together all the elements a manufacturer needs to know in order to adopt or enhance green practices. The Sustainable Manufacturer & Water 2.0 Conference is designed for owners, plant managers, corporate executives, facilities & EHS managers, engineers, and all others who play a role in making their company’s processes, facilities, operation, and products more sustainable and profitable. Participants will rethink and reenergize their dedication to ecosavvy manufacturing thanks to the dynamic presenters who will share success stories, real world challenges, and practical solutions.

The show will be located at Northern Illinois University Naperville Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Road in Naperville, IL on May 20-22, 2014. Questions concerning the Conference should be directed to Conference Director, Vincent Caprio at 203-733-1949 or

About FMA
Based in Rockford, Ill., FMA is a professional organization with nearly 2,300 members working together to improve the metal fabricating and forming industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH® trade show. FMA also has two technology affiliates, the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating; and Green Manufacturer Network, a professional organization of individual members dedicated to working toward environmentally-friendly manufacturing.

About the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation
The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation is focused on educating the public and key stakeholders as to new developments in fresh and waste water technologies. The Foundation works to gather data, develop reports, standards, economic analysis, and model training programs for advancing the development and deployment of new water technologies.

The Foundation serves the entire spectrum of the water sector: corporations, investors, engineering firms, start-ups, NGOs, research centers, municipalities, and others in the field.

The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation is located in Shelton, CT and Washington, DC. It is a 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation was launched in spring 2009. It is undertaking a series of initiatives to advance the understanding of new opportunities, technologies, and best practices for the water field. The Foundation has a series of educational forums (STEM) to provide young adults with information in regard to career positions in engineering, math and science.