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 & OPENING REMARKS  Curt Cronin, former Navy SEAL and keynote speaker, presents: “Tapping into Your Potential: Attempting the Absurd and Achieving the Impossible,” on Tuesday, May 15, at 9:00 a.m. John T. Johnson, owner and president, Mid-South Wire Company, Nashville, and president of the American Wire Producers Association, will deliver opening remarks also on Tuesday morning. The presentation is open to all conference registrants.

EXHIBITS More than 150 exhibiting companies will be represented on the exhibit floor. Displays cover more than 90 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. 
 
EDUCATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS • Far reaching effects of process automation • Intellectual property profits • Three tools to drive high performance • Employee engagement of wire manufacturing – a Nexans case study • Data-driven safety – A Leggett & Platt case study • Improving safety, quality, productivity & customer service • Fundamentals of Wire & Cable Manufacturing Course • Manufacturing management workshop: Perfecting your leadership qualities • Mordica lecturer, Gary L. Spence, former VP at Encore Wire Corporation, discusses continuous cast copper rod processes  • Post-show plant tour of the Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant on Thursday, May 17.
 
ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS • Ask the Expert and Production Solutions demonstrations, popular staples in the exhibit hall, are scheduled on May 15 and 16.  • The Welcome Reception on May 15, with entertainment sponsored by James Monroe Wire & Cable Corp., will be held on Delta Island  within the Gaylord campus. • WAI members are invited to attend the WAI Rewards Breakfast and Annual Meeting, on Wednesday. 
 
All event information and registration details are available at: www.wireexpo18.com. 

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