2020 Annual Meeting

Check back - information will be available as speakers are confirmed. 

The Economic Impact of Tariffs

In 2018, Johannes Moenius (invited), Professor, University of Redlands addressed the AWPA members on the effects of the impending steel tariffs would have on the industry; the international competitiveness of the US Wire Industry; and Automation and other technological change relevant to the wire industry. He will revisit his presentation and give a look at the impact the last two years has brought to the industry.

Economic Outlook

Interest rates are as at record lows, with the Fed cutting rates in October 2019. Manufacturing indicators, especially steel mills, are showing a slowdown. What impact will political events have on the economy in the coming year? An economist will provide perspective with a 2020 outlook.

Political Prognostications?

Although it seems the Presidential election cycle started some time ago, the first primaries and caucuses will have just taken place when members come together in February. Will the field of Democratic candidates be substantially narrowed by the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary? We’ll bring you an expert to add to your confusion.

Workforce Development

Workforce Development continues to be one of the top issues facing the wire industry and manufacturing across the country. We’ll come at this topic on a couple of paths in February. Speakers will address what is being done to promote manufacturing and manufacturing jobs in the US and understanding what motivates employees in an era of labor shortages.

Keep an eye out for Speaker confirmations in The Wire and on the AWPA Annual Meeting website.