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The Wire & Cable Manufacturers Alliance (WCMA) will hold its annual luncheon meeting, which will have a featured speaker, much networking potential and support a good cause, on Thursday, Dec. 1.

A press release said that registration is open for the event, which will be held from 11 am to 3 pm at a new location: the Hartford Marriott Downtown, 300 Capitol Blvd., Hartford, Connecticut. The meeting will include an economic review by John Traynor, Cambridge Trust, a recognized economist who has appeared on Fox News and CNN and in The Wall Street Journal. He has also been a much-appreciated speaker at WCMA’s annual meetings, speaking numerous times.
WCMA will continue its networking session for Young Professionals and Mentors from 2 pm to 3 pm, with additional presentations planned.

As noted above, registration is open, and attendees are encouraged to support the WCMA’s annual Toys for Tots donation and/or Industry scholarships for Wire Association, IWCS and The Copper Club.
Lodging is available at The Hartford Marriott Downtown at discounted room rate of $125. The cut-off for that offer is Nov. 28. Registrations can be made at: https://wcmainc.org/page/annual-meeting-and-holiday-luncheon.

For more details, call WCMA Executive Director Executive Director Ed Fenton at tel. 860-841-7720

Interwire Call for Papers
The WAI is seeking papers for Interwire 2023. Accepted papers will be presented at the event, to be held May 9-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Papers are sought that address advances in the industry that fall under: Industry 4.0 trends, wire and cable- making strategies, workforce insights and technical progress in all sectors. Abstracts are due Nov. 18, 2022, notice of acceptance is Dec. 2, 2022, and manuscripts are due March 3, 2023.

Abstracts can be submitted at https://goo.gl/svxgvq. Accepted authors receive a one-year WAI membership and complimentary conference registration.

Had any personnel changes the last few years? It’s a rare company that hasn’t either lost or added staff during the Covid period, and it’s not a bad idea to make sure that the industry knows who your key people are.

This is an ideal time to take a minute to look at the 2022 edition of the Wire Journal International Reference Guide and see whether you need to make some updates. Companies can now either enter or update their company profiles for the 2023 edition of the Wire Journal International Reference Guide and WAI’s online Industry Search.

New and updated entries will be accepted until Nov. 30, 2022, for the printed publication. An instructional video on submitting a free listing is at wirenet.org: (www.wirenet.org/industry-search-instructional-video).

The WJI Reference Guide lists contact information for international manufacturers and suppliers to the wire and cable industry. Company listings include more than 1,100 product types.

With Interwire 2023 six months away, the exhibit space at the Georgia World Congress Center has been expanded by 2,000 sq ft to 82,000 sq ft.

A modest floor plan extension is likely in early November, explained WAI Sales Director Shannon Timme. At this time, more than 200 exhibiting companies are now represented on the show floor. It has been an extremely busy period for the industry as well as for the Association as it too tries to service customers, she said.

“The industry has seen a significant amount of role changes and retirements within the last two years,” Timme said. These company personnel changes have largely attributed to the delay in messaging and communications with some companies who have yet to renew for exhibit space.

The last staging of Interwire at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta saw 3,514 wire and cable industry professionals representing 39 states and 47 countries in attendance. More than 400 manufacturing facilities had at least one representative at the event, and WAI’s day-long Fundamentals of Wire Manufacturing course drew a record 161 attendees. More details will be presented in future issues, including at the official event website, www.interwire23.com.

The Southeast Chapter enjoyed a picture-perfect day on Sept. 25 at the Rock Barn Country Club in Conover, North Carolina, but it had a weighty start.

Sikora’s John Dognazzi, who emceed the event, started with a moment of silence in memory of Chapter President Christopher Shannon McGill, a plant manager at Southwire’s factory in Huntersville, North Carolina, who died June 2 at age 52 from brain cancer. There was a moment of silence before Dognazi, who is serving as interim chapter president for the remainder of this year, started the tournament.

The field of 100 players found the course in very good shape, and golfers enjoyed the pace. The winning CommScope team of Chris Giddings, Brian Deese, Cody Lail and Paul McConnell shot an impressive 56 (15 under par) to walk away with top honors. The overall feel was so good that the Board plans to lock in a return to the Rock Barn course next year. The other big winner was the chapter’s Scholarship Program, which earlier this year issued four $1,800 scholarships.

Premium sponsors for the golf tourney were Carris Reels, Inc.; Chroma Color Corporation; Commission Brokers, Inc.; Henderson Sales & Service Inc.; The MGS Group; Process Control; Sikora; Sonoco Reels; Teknikor; and Wire & Plastic Machinery. Hole sponsors were: Accel International; Carris Reels Inc.; Chase Corp.; Chroma Color Corporation; Gateway Recovery Inc.; Gem Gravure Co., Inc.; GEON; M. Holland; Magnum Mfg. LLC; Process Control; Sonoco Plastics; Sonoco Reels; Teknikor; and Wire & Plastic Machinery.