The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. returns to Nashville, Tennessee, for its biennial Operations Summit & Wire Expo, which will be held in conjunction with its 88th annual convention. All of the events are hosted at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The Summit runs May 14-16; exhibits are open May 15-16, 2018.
 
KEYNOTE SPEAKER  Curt Cronin, keynote speaker, and former Navy SEAL, is living proof that with the proper preparation and fortitude anything is possible. In the midst of combat, he transformed an offensive unit of Navy SEALs into a defensive Presidential protection unit; he Curt Cronin, keynote speaker, and former Navy SEAL, is living proof that with the proper preparation and fortitude anything is possible.also single-handedly created the model for multi-disciplinary counter-terrorism operations as part of an Embassy team in the Middle East. His presentation entitled, “Tapping into Your Potential: Attempting the Absurd and Achieving the Impossible,” sets the tone for the convention and is open to all registrants.

EXHIBITS As of press time nearly 80% of the available booth space has been sold; 125 exhibiting companies will occupy 150 stands. Displays cover more than 80 product types including wire and cable making machinery, supplies and ancillary equipment, and industry services. Wire Expo exhibits are open in The Ryman Convention Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on May 15 and May 16, respectively. 
 
ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS Production Solutions demonstrations, a popular staple in the exhibit hall, are scheduled on Wednesday, May 15. WAI members are invited to attend the WAI Rewards Breakfast and Annual Meeting, also on Wednesday. A post-show plant tour of the Nissan Motor Company’s assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, is planned on Thursday, May 17.
 
All event information and registration details are available at: www.wireexpo18.com.
 
SPONSORSHIPS Sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early participants include: Gold Sponsors: Nexans; Sonoco; Silver level: Gem Gravure Co. Inc.; Bronze: Carris Reels Inc.; NDC/Beta LaserMike; Supporting Sponsors:  Commission Brokers Inc.; Enkotec Co. Inc.

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