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The WAI’s Midwest and Southeast chapters have set dates for their respective golf tournaments, so there are now three firm dates that can be planned for.

The Midwest Chapter will return to St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago, Illinois, on Monday, Sept. 30. In 2023, the team of Cliff Goss and Brock Braun of SDI LaFarga COPPERWORKS, and Chris Skidmore of OmniSource, shot a very respectable 10 under par 72 to walk away with the bragging rights.

The Southeast Chapter will return to the Rock Barn Country Club & Spa in Conover, North Carolina, on Thursday, Oct. 10. In 2023, the winning Vannais Outing team was Travis Card, William Godwin, Andrew Godwin and Paul Godwin, all of Technical Development Corp., who finished 14 under par.

As previously noted, the New England Chapter will return to the Tunxis Country Club in Farmington, Connecticut, on Monday, Sept. 9. In 2023, the Fluorogistx-sponsored team of Jim Elliott and Rick Larson from New England Wire Technologies, and Jim Bliss, Marmon IEI, who won with a score of 60, 12 under par.

Of note, the collective chapter golf tournaments bring together professionals from the wire and cable industry for a day of camaraderie and sportsmanship. Beyond the obvious attraction of golfing, the events serve as an excellent platform to build new connections, exchange knowledge, and strengthen existing relationships within the industry. Register online for tournament, sponsorship, and dinner-only participation: wai.configio.com.

For more details, contact WAI Member Services Manager Corey Flynn at tel. 203-453-2777, ext. 128, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Ohio Valley Chapter (OVC) will hold its annual golf tournament on Aug. 22 at Kensington Golf Club in Canfield, Ohio, followed by an educational program and the awards dinners, but participants will have the option of going a different route.

Per the chapter, members who are not avid golfers can instead visit The Training Range, Inc., a state-of-the-art firearms training, indoor range and firearms center in Austintown, Ohio. Some non-golfers have chosen that path on their own in past years, and now that option has been clearly spelled out.

Those that wish to do this need to be at the target range, at 4445 Mahoning Ave, Austintown, about 15 minutes away from the golf course and the Courtyard Hotel. Per Rick Bray, WAFIOS Machinery Corp., participants will sit in on a brief range safety course at 8:50 am, and the range will be available from 9 am to 11 am. For further details contact Bray at tel. 475-414-6130 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The program will allow participants to go to the site in the morning and return to the golf course in plenty of time to sit in on the educational program and awards dinner. The following speakers are scheduled.
Dave Brambert is president of Fifth Wire Manufacturing, which covers innovations both inside the equipment and outside the industry that are making inroads into today’s advanced manufacturing plants. He helps customers develop multi-platform marketing strategies that work. 

Tim Moury, president and CEO of Vericheck Technical Services, Inc., will be joined by Technical Director Marco Degasperi. Their company supplies metal analyzing equipment and ISO17025 accredited training and services throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The third speaker is Steve Lebischak, founder of Polara Golf, who will discuss the process of developing their scientifically driven, self-correcting golf ball technology.

For more details and to register, go to the Chapter website or contact WAI Member Services Manager Corey Flynn at tel. 203-453-2777, ext. 128,
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WAI has made significant headway with its innovative training and development initiative that is designed to enhance industry knowledge and skills through a structured and comprehensive approach.

Industry experts and staff have completed most of the first of five training modules. Each one consists of short videos, none lasting more than five minutes. Each module includes knowledge checks throughout the videos. Upon completing a module, learners receive a certificate of completion.

WAI is collaborating with a motion designer who specializes in manufacturing “explainer” videos. Each one will feature a blend of shop floor footage and animated segments that clarify complex concepts. Narration is done by a professional voiceover artist to ensure that the material is engaging and easy to follow. Each module is developed under the guidance of primary and secondary subject matter experts to ensure
the content is both accurate and relevant. The first four videos of the inaugural module, Ferrous Metallurgy, were showcased last month at Wire Expo 2024.

In parallel with content creation, WAI staff evaluated various learning management systems (LMS) to host the online training. WAI’s Education Committee has provided their input, and now it is advancing to the Executive Committee. The aim is to finalize the LMS selection by the end of July 2024. Key features being considered for the LMS include group enrollment and progress tracking, white-label access for large companies, the ability to host custom content, a user-friendly interface with Single Sign-On (SSO), and scalability to support future growth.

The Ferrous Metallurgy module is slated for completion by late summer/early fall 2024, along with the soft launch of the LMS. The second module, Single Layer Extrusion Overview, is expected to be ready by the end of 2024. n

Francesco Tutino has been named the new Group Chief HR & Organization Officer for Prysmian. He has more than 20 years of experience in the HR area, having held leadership positions at several multinational companies. He has taken on various roles during his career, including at DENSO and CNH, most recently as chief human resources and IT officer of the Iveco Group. Based in Italy, Prysmian is the world’s largest wire and cable manufacturer.

ICE Cable Systems has named Timothy Copp as its chief operating officer. He is recognized as a leading expert in reel-less cable packaging technology, having spent 21 years with REELEX Packing Solutions, Inc., where his father, Tom Copp, had led the company for 26 years until his retirement in 2021. Timothy Copp served as a brand manager and business development vice president, but he was also recognized for being a very vocal leader in protecting the company’s trademark and speaking out against counterfeit versions of its products. He holds a B.S. degree in entrepreneurial and small business operations from Babson College and an MBA from Western Connecticut State University. He recently served as chairman of CCCA’s (Communications Cable and Connectivity Association) Compliance Committee and as a board member of WCISA (Wire Cable Industry Suppliers Association). Based in Austin, Texas, ICE Cable Systems is a leading brand of premium low-voltage wire and cable products that was an early adopter of REELEX technology for their packaging.

American Wire Group has named Felipe Cam as its Chief Information Officer (CIO), a new position for the business that will see him be responsible for leading and supporting the company’s digital transformation of its networks. He will also play a critical role in integrating and managing technology solutions. He holds a B.S. degree in business from the University of Illinois and an executive
MBA from the University of Miami. He brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles across logistics, manufacturing and commerce industries. Based in Miami, Florida, American Wire Group is a leading material supplier of wire and cable, and more, for the utility and renewable energy markets.

Davis-Standard has named Brian Anderson as its chief procurement officer, with global responsibility. He has more than 30 years of experience in procurement and supply chain management, holding key roles with Duracell Inc., Robert Bosch and the Marmon Group, among others. He holds a degree in business and education from Illinois State University and a Master’s in the supply chain from Elmhurst University. Based in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, Davis-Standard LLC designs and manufactures extrusion and converting technology.

John Tatum “Tate” Johnson III has joined Mid-South Wire as an account manager for the southeast region. He is the son of company President John T. Johnson, Jr., and is the 3rd generation in the Johnson family’s ownership of the business. Tate worked summers in the rod yard, and spent time with the inside sales department while attending The University of Alabama, where he earned a degree in sports marketing. He started at the company’s Missouri plant, drawing wire and learning the operations side. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Mid-South Wire manufactures products from steel rod to specialty drawn wire.

The Madem Reels Group reports that it has not only directly captured more carbon from the atmosphere than its emissions, it has done so to a level that far exceeds what most companies report for mitigating climate change.

A press release said that per the findings of Brazil’s Ecofinance Negocios, which considers biogenic and fossil emissions for Scope 3 assessments, the Group captured more gases in 2022 than it emitted through the natural carbon capture provided by its cultivated forests. Further, the accumulated inventory from the company’s native and cultivated forests accounts for more than 195 times the fossil emissions.

The parent company of Madem Reels is one of the 15 largest forestry groups in Brazil, overseeing some 10,000 hectares (24,710 acres) of forestry properties. Its planted forests provide the wood used by the company’s production plant in Brazil. That sum accounts for more than half the woods used by the business, which also has plants in Spain, Bahrain, U.S., Mexico and Colombia.

“We are proud of our companies and teams worldwide, who are successfully performing their environmental mission,” said Global Sales and Marketing Director, Leandro Mazzoccato. “We are evenly fulfilled to share our long-term commitment with all 200 wire and cable customers over 45 countries.

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