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2023 Summer Meeting | August 13,14,15 2023 | Cleveland, OH

  • 13 Aug 2023
  • 5:00 PM
  • 15 Aug 2023
  • 1:00 PM
  • Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower


  • Must be an employee from a CFA member company to qualify for a free attendance. CFA limits companies to having 2 company employees attend as a portion of their dues.

    Spouses and significant others as well as employees above 2 will be charged $175. We will invoice you.

    A cancellation / No Show fee of $175 will apply for any and all registrations cancelled after 96 hours prior to the first scheduled event.
  • Sponsors are limited to 2 attendees.

    A cancellation / No Show fee of $175 will apply for any and all registrations cancelled after 96 hours prior to the first scheduled event.

August 13-14-15, 2023

Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower
1360 West Mall Drive
Cleveland, OH 44114

**See below re:  hotel arrangements

SUNDAY, August 13, 2023
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Huron Room

CFA Board of Directors Meeting


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Union Home Mortgage Plaza
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44114    (Transportation is on your own)

Lincoln Electric has bought out the hall for us. We will enjoy a buffet dinner and open bar. Guests can tour the exhibit on their own. This is a special evening where you can view the handwritten lyrics to Imagine and see Pink Floyd’s The Wall. So many of your music memories are housed here. Don’t miss it!

Thank you for your support!


MONDAY, August 14, 2023
**11:15 AM – 4:30 PM**
(Lunch will be served at Lincoln Electric)

Special GENERAL SESSION at Lincoln Electric Headquarters

Bus Transportation will be provided.

This special general session hosted by Lincoln Electric will include a factory tour and demonstrations of:

  • Welding automation (including cobots)
  • Hyperfill MIG and Extended Stick Out Subarc
  • Additive Manufacturing and
  • MORE!

As with all factory tours, closed toed shoes and long pants are required.

The bus will leave from the Marriott Hotel Mian Lobby area promptly at 11:15 AM so please plan accordingly.


6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
edwin’s too
13220 Shaker Square
Cleveland, OH 44120

Sponsor Dinner & Reception (Transportation is on your own)

Join us for an evening at edwins too. EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization that offers formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the culinary and hospitality industries and a support network necessary for long-term success.

Located in Cleveland, Ohio and founded by Brandon Chrostowski in 2007, the driving principle behind the organization is that every human being, regardless of their past, has a right to a fair and equal future. 

The vision for edwins too had a greater purpose – first as an extension of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute’s classroom and now as a makerspace and innovation hub. Access to a creative outlet, professional equipment and business acumen are often the missing links for budding entrepreneurs. The edwins too collective eliminates these hurdles, paving the way for second chances and success.


TUESDAY, August 15, 2023
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Erie, Huron and Superior Rooms

Fabricator Round Tables + Breakfast + Large Group Debrief

Contact CFA with any topics you would like to see discussed via


10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Salon C

PEER LEARNING GROUP Session (for committed members only)

  • There is an additional Annual fee to participate in the Peer Group. Unless you have paid this fee, please do not sign up for this portion of the meeting. Committed participants will receive a separate agenda and communication regarding the Peer Group session within the next week or so.
  • Committed companies can bring up to 2 participants
  • Lunch will be provided.


Hotel Arrangements:

CFA has arranged for a room block at the Marriott Cleveland Downtown at Key Tower. Please make your reservations for the entire event by registering with CFA. We will make your room arrangements and send you a room confirmation number prior to the event. Use of another system impacts our ability to meet our room block contracts.

Room rates at the Marriott are $229 per night. In order to be part of our room block and receive this rate, your registration must be received by July 21, 2023.

IMPORTANT: When you register using our online system you should receive a registration confirmation within 30 minutes of online registration. If you DO NOT receive a registration confirmation, it likely did not go through. Please contact Julie Metsker at the office to confirm receipt of your registration if you do not receive an email confirmation.


Central Fabricators Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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