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Summit rising to the challenges

The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc's Operations Summit & Wire Expo will open at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, Texas, , under the theme Rising to the Challenges. WAI's Fundamentals of Wire Manufacturing course precedes the activities on , and will be the first in-person offering of the program for two years.

The exhibition will include a full complement of products and supplies from 125 participating companies. A tour to Encore Wire's plant in McKinney, Texas, is planned on June 8, when the manufacturer of copper and aluminum residential, commercial and industrial building wire will host 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.

On , keynote speaker Brian Schulties, chief procurement officer for Prysmian Group North America, will share his insights into the opportunities and challenges facing the supply chain in the wire and cable industry in an era of tight supplies.

The following day, Ty Garrison, senior vice president of operations at Commercial Metals Company, will discuss how the last few years have strained businesses around the world as Covid-19 forced companies to deal with events such as virtual work, burnout, supply chain disruptions and volatile markets.

Registration information, along with full details of the program, can be accessed at the event's website: