13/06/2022 – Enthusiastic return to WAIs “Operations Summit“ and “Wire Expo”
WAI reunites wire industry in Dallas
The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. reports a positive staging of its “Operation Summit” and “Wire Expo” on June 7-8, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA.
964 registrants from 39 states and 14 countries filled the exhibit hall and conference rooms for this much-anticipated show which followed the theme: “Rising to the challenges.” The typically biennial event was last staged pre-pandemic in 2018. WAI’s popular Fundamentals of Wire Manufacturing Course on June 6 preceded the activities with 126 participants.
The exhibit included a full complement of products and supplies from 130 participating companies. Conference attendees represented 257 discrete companies. On June 8, Encore Wire, a manufacturer of copper and aluminum residential, commercial, and industrial building wire, hosted Wire Expo guests on a sold-out tour of its ever expanding campus in McKinney, Texas.
Describing the event WAI 2022 President James York said “the energy of the event was fantastic. It was clear the group was happy to be back together and to acknowledge those who navigated us through the pandemic. Under these challenging times, networking and sharing is even more important. Wire Expo was just what we needed!”
Brian Schulties, the Chief Procurement Officer for Prysmian Group North America, shared his insights into the opportunities and challenges facing supply chain in the wire and cable industry in his presentation titled: “The new normal in raw material procurement for the wire and cable industry.”
Ty Garrison, Senior Vice President of Operations, at Commercial Metals Company, discussed how the last few years have emphasized the need for true leadership in this period where there are more questions than answers in his presentation titled “Leadership in a volatile world.”
WAI had the generous support of the following sponsors. Platinum: Carris Reels Inc.; Encore Wire; Gem Gravure Co. Inc.; James Monroe Wire+Cable Corp., Prysmian Group; SDI La Farga Copperworks; Southwire Co.; and Wire+Plastic Machinery Corp. Gold: Insteel Industries Inc.; and Lloyd+Bouvier Inc.. Silver: Niehoff Endex; and Sikora International Corp. Bronze: Baum’s Castorine; Fort Wayne Wire Die; NDC Technologies; Precision Payoff Systems; Richards Apex Inc.; and Sonoco Reels+Spools.
WAI’s “Operations Summit” and “Wire Expo” will be held at the Mohegan Sun Resort in the spring of 2024.
The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc., founded in 1930, is a not-for-profit association with 2,000 individual members in 50 countries. The association serves the educational needs of the wire and cable manufacturing industry through a variety of products and services. WAI manages the “Interwire” Trade Exhibition and the WAI “Operations Summit” and “Wire Expo” and publishes the “Wire Journal International” and the Wire Journal International Reference Guide.