WAI’s Operations Summit and Wire Expo 2022 to set clear path for today’s wire makers ~ “Rising to the challenges” ~

The conference and exhibits open at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA, June 7-8, 2022. WAI’s popular Fundamentals of Wire Manufacturing Course precedes the activities on June 6, which is the first in-person offering of the program in two years.

MADISON, Connecticut, USA - April 14, 2022 - The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. reports that the presentations and tone of its Operations Summit & Wire Expo will follow the theme "Rising to the challenges."

The conference and exhibits open at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA, June 7-8, 2022. WAI's popular Fundamentals of Wire Manufacturing Course precedes the activities on June 6, which is the first in-person offering of the program in two years.

The exhibit includes a full complement of products and supplies from 125 participating companies. A tour to Encore Wire plant in McKinney, Texas, is planned on June 8 when the manufacturer of copper and aluminum residential, commercial, and industrial building wire hosts Wire Expo guests.

Describing the event in the April issue of Wire Journal International, WAI 2022 President James York wrote: …

"We believe that there is great value in being together "in person." This is the reason WAI was formed in 1930, and why we continue to take time to gather even with our demanding schedules. …The program elements were assembled by the Board {of Directors} to address today's evolving challenges. These include the supply chain, workforce and continuous improvement of manufacturing. The theme ‘Rising to the Challenges' speaks to the intestinal fortitude of the members of our industry."

Keynote Speakers:
Tuesday, June 7 - "The new normal in raw material procurement for the wire and cable industry"
Keynote speaker Brian Schulties, the Chief Procurement Officer for Prysmian Group North America, will share his insights into the opportunities and challenges facing supply chain in the wire and cable industry in this era of tight supplies.

Wednesday, June 8 - "Leadership in a volatile world"
Keynote speaker Ty Garrison, Senior Vice President of Operations, at Commercial Metals Company, will discuss how the last few years have strained businesses across the globe as Covid forced companies to deal with events like virtual work, burn out, unprecedented supply chain disruptions and volatile markets. The need to successfully navigate these situations puts immense pressure on leadership at every level of an organization. When we shift our mindset and view the pressures of leading a team as a privilege rather than a burden, leaders rise to the occasion and companies thrive.

Added Highlights:
Overall, 32 subject matter experts address the following and related topics:
"Partner-centered business: Encore's long-term approach," by Kevin Heffernan, Encore Wire Co.
"Today's hourly workforce," by Chuck McLendon, Southwire Co.

"Improving hiring practices to stand out in today's challenging job market," by Pati Kelly, Egret Consulting Group
"Opportunities for the wire and cable market in a post-pandemic world - Michael Finch, CRU International

Advance registration savings are in effect through June 1, 2022. The rates for WAI members and New WAI members are $75, and $140, respectively; the non-WAI member rate is $175. Onsite rates apply after June 1.

The full program details, and registration information can be accessed at the event website: www.wireexpo22.com

WAI has 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 LaFarga Inc.; 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; RichardsApex Inc.; and Sonoco Reels & Spools.
The Wire and Cable Industry Suppliers Association (WCISA) is an industry partner with WAI.
About the Organizer: WAI, founded in 1930, is a not-for-profit association with nearly 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 & Wire Expo and publishes the Wire Journal International and the Wire Journal International Reference Guide.

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