Past Events

2017 Government Affairs Conference

More than 100 attendees met in Alexandria, VA at this year’s Government Affairs Conference. 34 Member Company Representatives went on 73 visits to Congressional Offices, and a Wire & Wire Products Caucus Briefing was held on Capitol Hill.

Fred Waite – Trade Case Status Update: AD/CVD Investigation of 10 Countries 

2017 Breakfast at Interwire

Ken Simonson of the Associated General Contractors of America spoke at this year’s Breakfast.  Thank you to Nucor for sponsoring this event.

Ken Simonson – US Construction Spending, Labor and Materials Outlook

2017 Annual Meeting

Over 200 members and guests met in Napa, CA for the 2017 Annual Meeting. Attendees heard presentations on the economy and the steel market, imports and trade, the political outlook, and how the Industrial Internet of Things is improving manufacturing. Materials from the meeting are below.

2017 Annual Meeting Attendees

Janet Kopenhaver – 2016 Election Update

Becky Hites – Steel Industry and Trade Update

Nat Rudarakanchana – Wire Rod, AMM and 2017

Elizabeth Parkinson – Industrial Internet of Things

Stan Fossick received this year’s Max Moore Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from Pat Moore.

2016 Operations Managers Meeting

Blending a Multigenerational Workforce

The 2016 Operations Managers Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina provided a workshop for Operations Managers and Personnel Managers to develop new plans for recruiting and retaining new employees, and integrating them into the existing workforce. The group toured HSM Solutions’ Hickory Springs facility.

Presentation: Shira Harrington, Purposeful Hire, Inc.

Workbook:  Workbook, Multigenerational Workforce

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 2016 Government Affairs Conference

AWPA Members present an award to Senator Roy Blunt for his efforts in passing the ENFORCE Act.
AWPA Members present an award to Senator Roy Blunt for his efforts in passing the ENFORCE Act. R to L: Janet Kopenhaver, Kimberly Korbel, John T. Johnson, Amy DeArmond, Senator Roy Blunt, Robert McKinzie, Milton Magnus, III, and Stan Fossick.

 

The 2016 Government Affairs Conference was held in Washington, DC June 6-8. More than 80 AWPA attendees joined over 500 participants in NAM’s Manufacturing Summit in promoting the manufacturing industry on Capitol Hill. Advocacy focused on Global Steel Overcapacity and China’s Non-market Economy Status, Regulatory Reform, and promoting the Wire & Wire Products Caucus. Below are materials from the meeting.

2016 Government Affairs Conference Attendee Packet

Global Overcapacity and China’s Impact on the Steel Industry – Kevin Dempsey


2016 Annual Meeting

The 2016 Annual Meeting was held February 22-24 in St. Petersburg, Florida. There were 182 attendees. Participants heard presentations on the economy, the scrap market, multi-generational workforce challenges, the wire rod market, and an update on the political outlook for the 2016 election. Below are materials from the meeting.

2016 Annual Meeting Attendee Packet

A National Overview and Look Ahead to November – Glen Bolger

Making It Stick: Managing Your Multi-Generational Workforce – Shira Harrington

Rod Supply Panel – Tom Keller, Macsteel International USA

Rod Supply Panel – Bob Moffitt, Heico Wire Group

Presentations from Steve Murphy (Steel Market Update) and Joe Ward (Scrap Market Outlook) will not be available.


2015 Government Affairs Conference

The 2015 Government Affairs Conference was held September 16-18 in Washington, DC.  There were 114 attendees, the largest group at this meeting since 2000. 43 AWPA members made 87 visits to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, to discuss ENFORCE, the US House Wire & Wire Products Caucus, and the latest developments at the National Labor Relations Board. Below are materials from the meeting.

2015 Gov’t Affairs Conference Attendee Packet

Congressional Visits Information Packet

Political Engagement Panel Presentation

Presidential Campaign Update and Taking The Next Step in Engagement – Leann Paradise

NAM Regulatory Update and Policy Agenda – Joe Trauger


2015 Operations Managers Meeting

The 2015 Operations Managers Meeting was held in Nashville, Tennessee. Plant managers, safety and environmental personnel, human resource managers, and industry suppliers met to discuss employment issues, upcoming regulations, and hazard identification challenges. The AWPA would like to thank Sumiden Wire Products Corporation and Mid-South Wire Company for opening their facilities to our group for tours. Below are materials from the meeting.

NAM Regulatory Update and Policy Agenda – Joe Trauger

Handling FMLA Abuse and Employee Discipline Documentation, and an Update on Ambush Union Elections – Nelson D. Cary

Hazard Identification or Complacency: Which is the Bigger Problem? – Brett James and Reginald Whitaker, CSP

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