The Association was originally founded in 1900 as the Cotton Manufacturers Association of Georgia.  In 1959, the association transitioned to representing the textile industry as the Georgia Textile Manufacturers Association.  Later, as GTMA, the Association welcomed Georgia’s carpet industries to its ranks.  Then, in 2007, GTMA became the Georgia Traditional Manufacturers Association to officially expand its membership to include any company who operates a manufacturing facility in Georgia.

In 2011, GTMA, in recognition of its increasingly diverse membership, changed its name to the Georgia Association of Manufacturers.  Now, as GAM, the Association continues to represent its members well into its second century of existence.