2023 Operations Managers Meeting

Back to Basics – 2.0

Join us at this year’s Operations Managers Meeting, where operations personnel from around the country will gather to address challenges they’re facing in the current manufacturing environment. This year we are returning to essentials, updated for today’s technology.

The program includes:

  • roundtable discussions with other plant managers
  • speakers with expertise in manufacturing
  • presentations from suppliers on the latest developments
  • plant tours at Mount Joy Wire & Paramount Die facilities

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable perspectives to revolutionize operational effectiveness in your facility.


Preliminary Schedule

Tuesday, October 17

Tuesday begins with meetings of the Operations Steering Committee (10:30 am) and Environmental Affairs & Safety Subcommittee (10:30 am). If you are interested in serving on either of these committees, please contact Heather in the AWPA office.

The General Session begins at 1:00 pm.

Fundamentals of Wire Drawing

Brad Andrews of Condat will walk us through the basics of wire drawing, from the various options for surface preparation through the use of dies and lubricants, to troubleshooting issues with soaps and dust. We'll follow with a question and answer period. Combine this with plant tours and roundtables and you have a great introduction to the industry for your new personnel, and a nice refresher for your experienced hands. 

Recruiting: What's Working Now

The workforce shortage is real, and the National Association of Manufacturers projects that by 2030, there could be 2.1 million manufacturing jobs unfilled, at a cost to the economy of 1 trillion dollars for that year alone. With reliable, well-paid work available, manufacturers still seem to have a hard time getting the word out and finding good candidates. Hear a discussion of the issues and the latest tactics manufacturers are using to recruit workers. 

Wire Industry Safety Benchmarking 2022

The AWPA will have the latest from the 2022 safety report. Each year we collect the data from companies' annual OSHA 300A Summaries to calculate industry-wide safety performance data and provide member wire companies the ability to compare their safety performance to other plants, and to wire industry averages. See where the industry stands, and hear why your company's participation matters. 

Supplier Presentations

Each year we hear from supplier companies, about improvements and advances in products and technology. These presentations are always one of the highlights of the meeting.

Wednesday, October 18

We’ll start with an early breakfast then board the bus at 7:00 am to head to Mount Joy Wire Corporation in Mount Joy, PA, and Paramount Die in Abingdon, MD. After a tour of both facilities and lunch, we’ll head to the Baltimore airport (BWI) for a drop-off at 3:00 pm. For everyone not catching flights Wednesday evening, we’ll be back at the hotel about 3:30 pm.

See who has registered – check back to see who else will be in Baltimore this October.


The following list shows all reviewed attendees as of 10/03/2023.

Attendee Name Title  Company
Mr. Jonathan E. Anderson President Aztech Lubricants, LLC
Mr. Brad Andrews Senior Market Manager Wire Drawing Condat Corporation
Yogesh Bagve Senior Process Engineer Bekaert Corporation
John Barrett President & COO Acme Manufacturing Company
Steven Barrett Process Engineer Bridgestone Metalpha USA, Inc.
Mr Tim Bostic Environmental / Safety Manager Mid-South Wire Company
Mr. Guilherme Brum General Manager Traxit North America, LLC
Mr. Michael T. Colvin VP Operations Aztech Lubricants, LLC
Jim Craver Wire Drawing Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
MR. Joe Curtin Vice President of Manufacturing Taubensee Steel & Wire Company
Mary Dunn Regional Quality Manager HSM Solutions
Mr. Brian Enlow Production & Distribution Operations Manager MAR-MAC Industries, Inc.
Mr. Bryan Estep Plant Manager Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Jody Fulbright Plant Manager Granite Falls Furnace
David Funderburk Plant Manger M&B Metal Products Company
Mr. Robert Gibbs Foreman Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mr Jason Giebfried Sales Engineer Paramount Die
Mr. Scott Gipson Sales Engineer Paramount Die
Alfonso Gomez Plant Manager WMC
Mr. Tracy Gooding Director of Technical Operations MAR-MAC Industries, Inc.
Isaac Green Foreman Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Ruben Gutierrez Plant Manager WMC
Martin Hahn Product Manager Paramount Die
Mr. Mark Hall Sales Manager NA Schlatter North America Inc.
Jeremy Hanner Plant Manager Sumiden Wire Products Corporation
Antonio Hernandez Maintenance Manager Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mr. Mark Hurt General Manager WCJ Pilgrim Wire
Bryant Jackson Drawing Supervisor Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mr. Eric Jensen EH&S Compliance Manager Tree Island Steel
Tony Jentz Production Supervisor Sumiden Wire Products Corporation
Deric Johnson Plant Scheduler Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
donald eugene jones III Team leader MAR-MAC Industries, Inc.
Simon Jones Operations Coordinator WCJ Pilgrim Wire
Mr. William C. Jones President WCJ Pilgrim Wire
Mr. Brian Killam Sales Manager - Western Division Gerard Daniel Worldwide
Mr. Albert Kozlowski Vice President Morgan-Koch Corporation
Nathan Kozlowski Machinery & Spare Parts Sales Morgan-Koch Corporation
Mr Michael Krueger Regional Sales Manager Traxit North America, LLC
Francisco Lopez Operations Manager Bekaert Corporation
Mr. Neil C. Lowdon Key Industry Manager Chemetall/BASF
calvin lowman Plant Supervisor HSM Solutions
Mr. Mack Magnus President M&B Metal Products Company
Mr. Ryan Marion Technical Sales Traxit North America, LLC
Mr. David Mayo General Manager Taubensee Steel & Wire Company
Mr Brian McMillan General Manager Liberty Wire Johnstown
Mr. Ethan Moore Quality Assurance Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mr. Robert Moriarty Western Division Operations Manager Gerard Daniel Worldwide
Mr. Kevin C. Natterstad Safety Manager Sumiden Wire Products Corporation
Mr. Jose Navarrete Plant Manager WMC
Mr. Robert Nelson Plant Manager Sumiden Wire Products Corporation
Mr. Josh Nichols Operations Manager Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Brian Osburn Plant Manager Sumiden Wire Products Corporation
Mr. Dan Overstreet Production Operations Finish Mill Manager Tokusen USA, Inc.
Mr. Virgilio Pineda Chavez Mid Continent Steel and Wire Inc.
MR Rodrigo Ramirez Production Manager WMC
John Renteria Ludena Technical Services Manager Enkotec Company Inc.
John Reynolds Master Scheduler Gerard Daniel Worldwide
Mr. David Roos Operations Manager Mid-South Wire Company
Mr. Stephane Ruelle Operations Manager Condat Corporation
Ms. Jeynae Saillard Meetings Manager American Wire Producers Association
Scott Santo Plant Manager Fayette Custom Wire Products LLC.
Mr. Richard D. Sarver President Paramount Die
Ms. Cheryl Schwab Corporate Human Resources Manager Tokusen USA, Inc.
Mr. Chad Selvy Maintenance Foreman Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Kevin selvy foreman Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Brad Shreiner Production Manager WCJ Pilgrim Wire
William Simpson Project Coordinator Mid-South Wire Company
Mr. Krish N Singh Senior Director Of Operations Tree Island Steel
Mr. Puneet Singh Assistant Plant Manager/ Plant Engineer Sumiden Wire Products Corporation
Johnathan Sisk Process Engineer Bridgestone Metalpha USA, Inc.
Mr. Steve Tucker Plant Manager - MERIT STEEL Leggett & Platt, Inc.
Dennis van der Eerden General Manager All America Threaded Products, Inc.
Javier Villafuerte Quality Manager WMC
Mr. David J. Weinand Executive Vice President Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Mr. Reginald Whitaker Safety Manager Oklahoma Steel & Wire Company, Inc.
Tim Whitehouse Plant Manager Bekaert Corporation