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9/17/21 – Teknor Apex Company will present a webinar, Decoding the Wire & Cable Material Recognition Program, that features veteran staffers Mike Patel, director of marketing, and David Braun, wire & cable industry manager. It will be held at 2 pm EST on Wednesday, Sept. 22, and is open for registration at this link. Joining Patel and Braun will be Anthony Tassone, principal engineer, UL.

 The hour-long webinar will include the following topics:

  •  Current trends in wire & cable applications
  • How using UL-recognized components may help eliminate additional material testing saving time and money (an FAQ/panel discussion with UL)
  • Differences between polymeric materials for use in wire and cable vs. plastics component recognitions
  • How Teknor Apex develops compounds with regulations and UL recognitions in mind

The event will include a Q&A session, and attendees are welcome to send questions.

About Teknor Apex. Teknor Apex Company, a privately held firm founded in 1924, is one of the world’s leading custom compounders of plastics.  Teknor Apex produces flexible and rigid vinyl, thermoplastic elastomers, nylons, color masterbatches, specialty chemicals, and hoses. The company is headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, U.S.A. and operates thirteen manufacturing facilities worldwide in the United States, Belgium, Germany, China, and Singapore. To learn more visit: www.teknorapex.com.

The Vinyl Division of Teknor Apex Company is a leading manufacturer of custom compounds, including Apex® flexible and rigid vinyl, Flexalloy® vinyl elastomers, Fireguard® low-flame, low-smoke compounds, and Halguard® low-smoke, halogen free, flame retardant compounds and elastomers. The Division is a global supplier to the appliance, automotive, construction, medical device, wire and cable, and other industries.

 The company can be contacted at: Teknor Apex, 505 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI  02861 U.S.A. Tel: 1-401-725-8000.  Tel. from U.S. only: 1-800-554-9892. Fax: 1-401-729-0166. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




9/10/21 - The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. is the host of the biennial Interwire trade exposition and conference that historically draws visitors from 50 countries which include exhibitors, attendees, speakers, and sponsors.

The climbing Covid-19 counts and corresponding employee health and safety measures have led WAI’s Board of Directors to vote to cancel this year’s staging of Interwire, which was set to mark the 40th year since the show was introduced in Atlanta, Georgia.

Commenting on the difficult decision, 2021 WAI President Tom Heberling said, “It is our responsibility as the Interwire host to deliver a safe, fair, viable, and valuable event to all of our constituents. Unfortunately, having reviewed the data and the evolving factors that must affect the Interwire 2021 trade exposition and conference, the Board’s decision reflects the challenging operating environment facing all businesses.”

The Interwire event was well positioned to serve the wire and cable industry, which is experiencing significant capital investments and overall strong economic conditions. The exhibition, which included key machinery manufacturers and more than 200 suppliers, was anticipated by key buying groups to provide the essential face-to-face forum that has not been available due to the pandemic.

WAI’s Executive Director Steve Fetteroll commented “The Board of Directors devoted their expertise and considerable time to developing the first-ever Industry 4.0 Program that was set to stage at Interwire. The Industry 4.0 Program combined with the expansive exhibit was just what the industry needed. I regret that their key contributions along with the tremendous staff efforts will not be fully realized on the Interwire stage.”

In an effort to continue WAI’s educational mission and support the industry during this unprecedented period, the Association will host the Industry 4.0 conference virtually to serve its members and supporters. The conference will be held on October 26-27 along with WAI’s 91st Annual Convention.

For expediency, news of the new conference will be detailed at www. Interwire21.com.

The WAI leadership regrets that these international events have combined to force a change of direction at this late date. The Association remains grateful to its supporters. It is committed to the 2023 Interwire that will provide value to exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, attendees, and partners alike.

The Wire Association International is a not-for-profit association with 1,800 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 Exposition and the WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo and publishes the Wire Journal International and the Wire Journal International Reference Guide.

Media Contacts: Janice E. Swindells, Director Marketing & Corporate Communications, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel.: 001-203-453-2777
x. 117; Steven J. Fetteroll, Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel.: 001-203-453-1777.



9/8/21 – The Association’s New England Chapter has chosen the five below students to each receive a 2021 scholarship of $2,500.

Ana Aguilar, the daughter of Alberto Aguilar, president of Carris Reels, will be attending Clemson. She plans to study business marketing.

Connor Hartline, the son of Christopher Hartline, vice president of operations at RichardsApex, will be attending Pennsylvania State University. He plans to study engineering.

Robert Mancinelli, the son of John Mancinelli, national sales manager at Conneaut Industries, Inc., will be attending Lehigh University IBE Honors Program. He plans to study mechanical engineering and finance.

Erik Person, the son of Kimberly Person, corporate accountant at Insulated Wire, Inc., will be attending SUNY Genesco. He plans to study adolescent education.

Indigo Zachow, the daughter of John Zachow, vice president of Davis-Standard, will be attending Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She plans to study graphic design.

9/8/21 – Companies can now either enter or update their company profiles for the 2022 edition of the Wire Journal International Reference Guide and WAI’s online Industry Search.
The new and updated entries, free, will be accepted until Nov. 30, 2021, for the printed publication. An instructional video on submitting a free listing is at
wirenet.org: (www.wirenet.org/industry-search-instructional-video)

9/8/21 -  Loos and Company is proud to announce the unveiling of our new government sales webpage. This page features our capabilities statement, shows proof of qualifications, lists our manufacturing standards and specifications, and provides an overview of our areas of support. As a domestic manufacturer, Loos has numerous certifications that we feel are important to share with you, especially when they regard government contracts. Here is a brief breakdown of the new government sales page.

Buy America, Buy American, and Domestic Manufacturing:

Loos draws wire, strands, and closes wire rope up to 1-1/4" DIA right in the USA at our Pomfret, Connecticut facility. As a result, our capability statement focuses on how Loos meets the standards of Buy America and Buy American. What's Buy American? Specific manufacturing outlines set by the Federal Government. For a wire product to qualify for Buy American, the wire must be manufactured in the USA, and the cost of domestic components must exceed 50% of the total cost. You may have noticed we also use the terms "100% domestic" or "Buy America" when talking about our products. For wire rope to be called "100% domestic" or "Buy America", products are required to have been manufactured in the USA from components made in the USA, including the steel mill products. Refer to our complete government sales page for additional information.

Our Primary Areas of Support:

Our new government sales webpage focuses on our ability to meet Military and Federal specifications. Our page provides the exact number and callouts for each of these specifications, making it easy to see the full extent of our manufacturing capabilities.

Our Certifications:

Our new webpage highlights some of our achievements as a manufacturing company. For example, our Wire and Wire Rope Division at Loos meets ISO 9001:2015 & AS9100: Rev D certification. Additionally, we have highlighted our CAGE and DUNS ID numbers to make it easy for those working in government sales quickly to quickly and easily reference our capabilities.

To look at a complete list of our domestic capabilities, the primary areas we support, and the certifications & ID numbers we have at Loos and Company, check out our brand-new government sales page! If you would like to discuss one of our Government specifications, you can contact our Government sales specialist here. Alternatively, if you have any other questions, our team is happy to help! Reach out to us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (860) 928-7981.

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