2022 Theme: Rising to the challenges

Get together -- in person -- with the industry's wire and cable workforce to talk business, wire making, and new technology. You'll meet plant managers, operations, engineering, and production people who attend to learn and share best practices for the ferrous, nonferrous, and electrical sectors.

Between the program and the exhibits this year's event represents the perfect time to shop for materials and get ahead with industry colleagues, suppliers, and manufacturers who will kick off this new and needed season of interaction.

Don't miss WAI's Operations Summit and Wire Expo 2022!

Points of interest:

Keynote: The new normal in raw material procurement for the wire and cable industry
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.
Operations roundtable - workforce panel
Speaking of trends in the workforce are panelists Steve Burgess - Vice President - Human Resources at Insteel Industries, Inc.; Raúl Garcia, - Dir., Technology & Development at Viakable; and Robert McKinzie, CI/Lean, EH&S, Leggett & Platt; all moderated by Kurt Breischaft - President at SDI LaFarga COPPERWORKS.
Opportunities for the wire and cable market in a post-pandemic world
Hear a rundown of developments and an outlook for the gloal wire and cable industry; also detail on the industry's North American market; risks and opportunities.
Partner-centered business: Encore's long-term approach
Kevin Heffernan, Vice President of Sales at Encore Wire, will share how the company's vision and commitment to partnership at the expense of short-term gains allowed it to flourish during the recent Covid-19 pandemic.
Keynote: Leadership in a volatile world

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.  

Manufacturing solutions - ask the experts
Three half-hour segments will catch you up on "Wire die specifications"; "Managing lubricant residuals on drawn wire"; and "Annealing - ferrous and nonferrous metals." Bring your questions for these interactive sessions.
WAI Awards ceremony & annual meeting
WAI bestows its highest honors on award winners at this annual presentation. Join your colleagues as WAI recognizes outstanding technical authors and contributors to the association and the wire industry.

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Keynote addresses

This year's program features two dynamic keynote speakers. Insight starts with Brian Schulties of Prysmian Group, North America, who will share his perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing the supply chain in the wire and cable industry in this era of tight supplies. Next up: Perspectives from Ty Garrision of the Commercial Metals Company.

Conference Sessions

Manufacturing challenges present in many forms and this year's conference sessions address both the practical and technical issues facing the wire and cable industry. Take home the techniques -- used in real-world applications -- that you can use right away to improve your operation.

Wire Expo Exhibits

Everything you'll need to start or improve your wire making operation is here at Wire Expo 2022. More than 100 companies will be on hand with the latest in wire, cable, supplies, equipment for the ferrous, nonferrous, and general industry sectors.

Live demos

Ask the experts how to tackle manufacturing challenges such as wire breaks; determining die specifications; understanding changes in mechanical properties during annealing; and managing lubricant residue during wire drawing. See live demonstrations in the exhibit hall.

Welcome reception

Set aside some time to mingle and continue your conversations at WAI's popular welcome reception .

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Plant tour - Encore Wire

Tour participants will be able to experience first-hand one of the greatest success stories in the wire and cable industry at Encore Wire --.manufacturer of copper and aluminum residential, commercial and industrial building wire. Space is limited; no POVs allowed on campus.

Fundamentals of wire manufacturing course

This concentrated introductory course provides a solid grounding in the essentials of wire and cable manufacturing presented by experts in the field. This is WAI’s most popular training program and refresher course for new hires, sales teams, and operations personnel. The full-day course runs on June 6, 2022.

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Get the most out of your trip to the WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo. Explore the exhibits, conference sessions, keynote presentations, and opportuinities to meet your industry colleagues in person!