2016 Operations Managers Meeting

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Each year at the Operations Managers Meeting, Operations personnel from around the country get together to find solutions to the challenges presented by today’s manufacturing environment. For a number of years, the top issues facing manufacturing and wire producers, specifically, center on the personnel changes facing the manufacturing workforce. Baby boomers retiring! Millennials – what do they want!  These are just some of the issue Operations Managers have been talking about.

This year – AWPA will address these issues with a 2-day workshop that will provide Plant Managers and Human Resource professionals with tools to address some of your greatest workforce challenges, including Recruitment, Performance, Retention and Succession Planning.

The Operations Managers Meeting will begin on Wednesday morning with registration and committee meetings.  Wednesday afternoon, the first part of the workshop will take place during the General Session, followed by a reception and dinner at the hotel. Wednesday’s schedule includes a second General Session with breakfast, to conclude the workshop. After the workshop, participants will tour the Hickory Springs facility of HSM Solutions. We will have you back to the hotel by 2 pm, with a stop at the Charlotte Airport for those with afternoon flights.  You are asked not to book flights before 3 pm.


HSM Wire Technology, a division of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, started drawing wire in the early 1970s after purchasing several Vaughn machines from the former Bethlehem Steel Sparrows Point, MD plant. Initially, the wire produced was used solely to supply raw material to Hickory Springs bedding and furniture spring manufacturing facilities.  HSM Wire Technology still supplies these internal plants but the majority of the wire produced is sold to a wide variety of customers and markets throughout the United States.  Low carbon to high carbon grades, zinc phos music and induction tempered wire make up the product offering of HSM Wire Technology.  The operation has grown into one of the largest high carbon wire operations in the United States with a diverse product base.  The addition of induction tempering capacity in a new facility in Phoenix, AZ in early 2016 is a statement of not only commitment to continue growing HSM Wire Technology’s footprint in the wire business but to do so with the most modern technology offered today.

All attendees are required to take the bus if they would like to participate in the tour. Private cars are not allowed – no exceptions please.


This two-day workshop has been designed specifically for Wire and wire rod mill Plant Managers and Human Resource (HR) Professionals. All Plant Managers are encouraged to attend with an HR professional responsible for your facility.

Creating an Actionable Roadmap to Engage your Multigenerational Workforce

With three generations in today’s workforce exhibiting diverse – and often conflicting – cultural values and expectations, there are operational and HR factors to consider in your recruitment, retention and succession planning strategies. With long-tenured Boomers about to retire, in large numbers; and Millennials with radically different values quickly seeking greener pastures; it is critical to identify strategies to engage every generation to avoid costly turnover and a disengaged workforce.

Generational issues around workplace loyalty, intergenerational communication, performance management and work-life balance are just some of the challenges that can derail the culture of your manufacturing plant. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll be examining both the causes of these generational conflicts, and practical strategies you can implement to create a culture where employees want to work at your company…and stay.

Topics that we’ll be exploring include:

  • 1.   Creating a diverse recruitment pipeline to identify highly motivated Millennials with long-term engagement potential.
  • 2.   Developing intergenerational retention and engagement strategies to help long-term employees and newer recruits appreciate each other’s differences.
  • 3.   Identifying a succession planning roadmap to groom high potential employees while transferring knowledge from your retiring workforce.

This highly interactive workshop will be facilitated by Shira Harrington, Chief Engagement Officer of Purposeful Hire, Inc. Shira presented an overview of these topics at the February Annual Meeting, which made your chief executives aware of the imperative to create an intergenerational culture. Shira is passionate about helping employers integrate the needs of Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials to create a vibrant workforce where generational and age diversity are respected and valued.

Her research findings will provide you with practical tools that you can use to create an actionable workforce planning roadmap. Throughout the 2 days, you’ll have an opportunity to partner with your colleagues and hear best practices from other HR and Plant managers and their efforts to engage a multigenerational workforce. Get ready to roll up your sleeves for this high impact session!

The AWPA is committed to providing a program full of practical advice which Operations Managers can use to add value to plant performance and improve the bottom line of their company. We hope you will join us!