American Meat Institute General Members this week voted unanimously to proceed with a merger with the North American Meat Association.
The vote occurred during a special meeting of the AMI membership and is the last step necessary to finalize a merger, slated to occur January 1, 2015.
AMI's Board voted April 2 to proceed with the merger and NAMA's Board also voted in favor of the merger March 22.
"The General Membership's unanimous vote today makes possible the formation of a new and stronger organization, well-positioned to meet the challenges of the future," said AMI Chairman Greg Benedict.
"Our two organizations now will create a transition committee to begin the process of merging our two organizations' operations and governing structure. This is a positive development and one that stands to serve our industry well."
"The fact that this was a unanimous vote by AMI’s general members shows what a positive step this is for the industry, and NAMA is pleased to be able to move forward with the merger," a statement from the group said.
Merger talks began last year.