2018 Government Affairs Conference

Preliminary schedule is here.

Hotel reservations are available now, HERE

Free Trade, Fair Trade, and Trade Wars?

Last year’s cautious optimism in manufacturing has been replaced by broad uncertainty and supply chain chaos. After the positive effect of tax reform and the more moderate approach to regulation by the current Administration, the economy was moving ahead. Now, the impacts of Section 232 and 301 tariffs are being felt widely in the manufacturing sector and the economy, inserting disruptions into North American supply chains. How can the Steel Wire Industry manuever in this new environment?

At this year’s meeting you will hear from experts on international trade, with the latest information regarding the current status of tariff programs and NAFTA renegotiation and the latest actions and activities in the global trade arena. The mid-term elections will be in the forefront of the political news, the results of which could substantially change the status quo in Washington, DC. A political expert will be on hand to answer all your questions.

Come to Washington, DC this September to discuss the state of affairs with industry colleagues and hear the latest from the experts, inside the beltway. This meeting will provide the latest information you need to navigate this new terrain. Join North American wire producers in DC this September!

Meeting Fees & Deadlines

Early Bird Registration – On or Before Tuesday, September 4, 2018       $480.00

Late Registration – On or After Wednesday, September 5, 2018             $630.00


Program Information

Committee & Board Meetings

Committee meetings will be held Wednesday, September 26th and Friday, September 28th. The Executive Committee meeting, the Membership Committee meeting, and the Stainless, PC Strand and Rope Product Committee meetings will be held Wednesday afternoon. The Board of Directors meeting will take place on Friday morning. Please check the Schedule of Events for specific times.



Wednesday evening will provide time dedicated to meeting old friends and checking in with your knowledgeable industry colleagues. The reception on Wednesday evening gives attendees an opportunity to mix and mingle, and begin discussing the issues on your personal agenda and AWPA’s government affairs agenda.  There will be a closing reception on Thursday evening, before you head out to dinner with colleagues.


Active Members Business Meeting

On Thursday afternoon, just before the evening reception, there will be an Active Member Business Meeting. There will be a discussion AWPA Policy with regard to Section 232 and 301 tariffs. The AWPA needs your input on the impact of the tariffs, and what action AWPA might take to best support the industry. All Active Member company representatives should plan to attend.


No Formal Congressional Visits

The Board of Directors has decided not to hold AWPA-endorsed Congressional Visits this year. If you wish to visit with your Legislators on your own, we have left some free time on the schedule on Thursday, from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. If you need assistance in finding the contact information for your elected officials, you may contact Janet Kopenhaver at jkopenhaver@awpa.org or (703) 528-6674 to make your own appointments.