2022 Operations Managers Meeting

The Operations Managers Meeting is back in 2022!

View the preliminary schedule here.

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. From difficulty with safety regulations and environmental management to process improvements, discussing the problem with others in similar positions provides insight and new perspectives.

The program includes roundtable discussions with other plant managers, speakers with expertise in manufacturing, presentations from suppliers on the latest developments, and a plant tour of Leggett & Platt's facility in Carthage, MO. This year’s program has real information that operations managers will bring back to improve operations in their own facilities.

Tuesday, October 18

Tuesday begins with meetings of the Operations Steering Committee and Health & Safety Committee, beginning at 10 am. If you are interested in serving on either of these committees, please contact Heather in the AWPA office.

The General Session begins at 1:30 pm.

OSHA Update

Reginald Whitaker, CSP, from Oklahoma Steel & Wire, and Chair of the AWPA Health and Safety Committee, will have the latest from OSHA regarding their recent enforcement initiatives, and a closer look at what the new proposed heat stress rule may look like.

Safety Technology

Safety issues are one of the universals of manufacturing. Joe Metcalf, director of EHS at Leggett & Platt, will have an update on using technology to improve your safety program. We will also have an update on the latest safety benchmarking report for AWPA companies.

Supplier Updates

We will hear from supplier companies, about improvements and advances in products and technology. These presentations are always one of the highlights of the meeting. Check back as more presentations are confirmed. 

Aztech Lubricants will have an update for us on the latest in lubricant technology. Have questions? Bring them! Jonathan Anderson will be there with answers for you. 

Is your company interested in making a presentation? Contact Heather in the AWPA Office.

Workforce Development

Oklahoma, and Tulsa specifically, have several programs supporting workforce development. We’ll hear about a variety of ways to approach solving workforce issues from 2 experts who have developed solutions in Oklahoma. Scott Fry, Director of Workforce Development at Mid- America Industrial Park (MAIP), and Dr. Marci Mack, Director of Talent Acquisition & Development at MAIP, will provide perspective on what works in the current environment.

Roundtable Discussions

We will wrap up the general session with roundtable discussions. This is where attendees can bring their current challenges for brainstorming and discussion. This year we'll be discussing presentation topics, and also the challenge presented by wire carriers. Has anyone solved this problem yet? Bring the challenges you're having at your facility, and hear what your peers are experiencing as well.

Wednesday, October 19

We’ll start with an early breakfast, then board the bus at 7 am to head to Leggett & Platt in Carthage, MO. After a tour of the Leggett facilities and lunch, we’ll head to the Tulsa airport for a drop-off by 3:30 pm. For everyone not catching flights Wednesday evening, we’ll be back at the hotel about 4:00 pm.






Wondering who's attending? Check back to see who else will be in Tulsa this October.

The following list shows all reviewed and paid attendees as of 12/03/2023.

Attendee Name Title  Company
Mr. Jonathan E. Anderson President Aztech Lubricants, LLC
Mr. Brad Andrews Senior Market Manager Wire Drawing Condat Corporation
Ms. Emily Bardach Executive Director American Wire Producers Association
Mr Tim Bostic Environmental / Safety Manager Mid-South Wire Company
Mr. Guilherme Brum General Manager Traxit North America, LLC
Mr. Brian Burr President Sumiden Wire Products Corporation
Nate Carey Process Engineer
Mr. Michael T. Colvin VP Operations Aztech Lubricants, LLC
Kim Covington Wire-Bond
Mr. Tracy Covington Plant Manager Wire-Bond
Mr. Mikel Davenport Wire Drawing Foreman Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mr. Brian Enlow Production & Distribution Operations Manager MAR-MAC Industries, Inc.
Mr. Bryan Estep Plant Manager Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mr. Steven Frazier Purchasing Manager Heico Wire Group
Jody Fulbright Plant Manager Granite Falls Furnace
Scott Funderburk Vice President & General Manager Heico Wire Group
Zach Garibay Machine Shop Manager Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mr. Randy Gibbs Operations Manager Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mr. Robert Gibbs Foreman Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mr. Sam Gibbs Director of Wire Operations HSM Solutions
Mr Jason Giebfried Sales Engineer Paramount Die
Mr. Scott Gipson Sales Engineer Paramount Die
Laura Green EHS Manager Heico Wire Group
Mr. Mark Hall Sales Manager NA Schlatter North America Inc.
Tara Hallam HR Directo/Safety Manager Wire-Bond
Mike Hegwer Production Supervisor Tokusen USA, Inc.
Soua Her Plant Manager Sumiden Wire Products Corporation
Mr. Mark Hurt General Manager WCJ Pilgrim Wire
Mr. Eric Jensen EH&S Compliance Manager Tree Island Steel
Mr. Albert Kozlowski Vice President Morgan-Koch Corporation
Mr Michael Krueger Regional Sales Manager Traxit North America, LLC
Nick Kruse Regional EHS Manager Leggett & Platt, Inc.
Ron Lorensen Operations Manager Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mr. Neil C. Lowdon Key Industry Manager Chemetall/BASF
Mr. Ryan Marion Technical Sales Traxit North America, LLC
Mr. Jarrett Martin President MAR-MAC Industries, Inc.
Mr. David Mayo General Manager Taubensee Steel & Wire Company
Zach McAfee Engineer/ Key Account Manager Cold Forming Segment Chemetall/BASF
Mr. Joe Metcalf Corporate Loss Control Engineer Leggett & Platt, Inc.
Mike Mitchell Plant Manager Heico Wire Group
Mr. Ethan Moore Quality Assurance Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mark Moorhouse ECD Safety Supervisor Nashville Wire Products
Mr. Kevin C. Natterstad Safety Manager Sumiden Wire Products Corporation
Mr. Robert Nelson Plant Manager Sumiden Wire Products Corporation
Mr. Josh Nichols Operations Manager Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Ms. Heather E Outhuse Director of Meetings & Membership American Wire Producers Association
Dan Overstreet Base Mill Manager
Mr Ignacio Salin Sancho Pedroza Leadman Mid-South Wire Company
Chris Porada Key Industry Manager Chemetall/BASF
Cody Rambaran Plant Manager
Mr. David Roos Operations Manager Mid-South Wire Company
Mr. Stephane Ruelle Operations Manager Condat Corporation
Mr. Chad Selvy Maintenance Foreman Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mr. Steven Slagle Employee Mid-South Wire Company
Justin Teal Production Team Leader MAR-MAC Industries, Inc.
Mr. David J. Weinand Executive Vice President Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mr. Reginald Whitaker Safety Manager Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mr. David Yarberry Environmental & Safety Engineer Tokusen USA, Inc.