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What’s New

  • Max Moore Award Nominations Are Open until January 22!

    Nominations are now open for the 2015 Max Moore Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. Max Moore, owner and President of Oklahoma Steel and Wire and its affiliated companies, Southwestern Steel & Wire and Iowa Steel and Wire, was a dedicated and enthusiastic leader, who was tragically killed in a plane crash in 2000. Max was elected to the AWPA Board of Directors in 1990 and served in many leadership capacities throughout his tenure with the association. His enthusiasm for his business, family, employees and the community were evident in his daily life. In describing Max and his lifestyle, his family has provided the criteria by which an individual is selected to receive this distinguished honor. When soliciting nominations, we ask that you describe the nominee’s qualities in three areas: Entrepreneurial Spirit in their business life, Leadership, and Community Service. Nominees are drawn from among individuals who are with AWPA member companies. A description of the award and the nomination form are available on the AWPA Members Homepage.

  • Mid Continent Steel & Wire Announces Retirement of Founder & CEO, David Libla

    Mid Continent Steel & Wire, Inc. has announced the retirement of its founder & CEO, David Libla, effective December 31, 2014. Following his retirement Mr. Libla will remain on the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Libla served on the AWPA Board of Directors from 2002 until February 2014. Mr. Libla will be replaced by 20 year veteran of Deacero Mexico, Fernando Villanueva. Mr. Villanueva assumed his new position as CEO on September 15, 2014 and has been working with Mr. Libla until his departure. Mr Villanueva began his career with Deacero as the Senior Manager of Logistics in 1994, and from 1996 thru 2008 was the Wire Facilities Director responsible for the operation of two wire drawing facilities at Saltillo, Coahuila, with a 20,000 ton per month capacity and more than 600 employees. From 2008 until this current reassignment he was the Corporate Logistics and Procurement Vice President. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, graduating with Honors. The experienced staff formed under the leadership of Mr. Libla will remain at Mid Continent Steel & Wire, Inc. d.b.a. Mid Continent Nail Corporation, including his son, Jeff Libla, as General Manager, and his daughter, Marsha Libla, as Inside Sales/Customer Service Manager for the company’s sales team. The AWPA thanks David for his service to the organization, and wishes him the best in retirement!

  • Annual Meeting Optional Events – Don’t Forget to Register for These!

    Golf and Tennis Tournaments, and a Jewelry Design Workshop are available to sign up for during registration. Golf and tennis are open to everyone – players of all abilities are welcome. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine in Tucson. The tournaments will take place on Thursday afternoon. The Jewelry Design workshop will take place Thursday morning. When you register be sure to check the golf or tennis session for yourself, and then when you “Save and Add Guest” be sure to check the sessions in which your spouse/guest would like to participate. As always, if you have any questions, Heather can be reached in the Office for help – or 703.299.4434.

  • Happy Holidays from AWPA

    The AWPA hopes you have a joyous and peaceful holiday season. Please note that the offices will be closed beginning December 22 and will re-open on January 5. If you have an urgent matter, please contact us by email at

Meeting Highlights

James Wall, the Executive Director of the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and Brent Weil, Senior Vice President and Treasurer of the Manufacturing Institute, will speak at the upcoming 2015 Annual Meeting. Mr. Weil has 19 years of public and private sector workforce development experience, and he now builds partnerships to advance the goal of helping students and workers gain industry recognized certifications through several programs at the Manufacturing Institute. Mr. Wall has been working to improve the precision manufacturing workforce with NIMS for over 10 years, and has experience as both a metalworking company owner and an educator. He has taught at both the secondary and post-secondary levels and has served as a school administrator in technical education. Both gentlemen will provide information on currently available programs for workforce development, and ideas on how the wire industry can meet workforce challenges. Register for the Annual Meeting today!