The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. announces the appointment of Jan Sørige as president of the association for a one-year term that commenced on January 1, 2020. Sørige will serve as chairman of the Board of Directors and as the 67th president of the 90-year-old association, which is headquartered in Madison, Connecticut, USA.
 
 Jan Sørige as president of the association for a one-year term that commenced on January 1, 2020Sørige has been a WAI member since 1992. From 2009 to 2014 he served as chairman of the association’s Exhibition Planning Committee, which is responsible for planning the Interwire and WAI Operations Summit  & Wire Expo events.  
 
In addition to his role as WAI president, Sørige will serve on its Conference Programming Committee, Exhibition Planning Committee, and Oversight Committee.  
 
Commenting on this new appointment, WAI’s Executive Director Steve Fetteroll said, “The Association is fortunate to have strong leadership that is committed to our educational mission and this is certainly true with Jan as he has been an active volunteer for 20 years. Most importantly, Jan has been an integral part of planning and producing our shows and has been an exhibitor for thirty years. As a result, Jan’s knowledge of Interwire coupled with his passion ensures the focus will remain on this important industry event.”  
 
Sørige is president of Enkotec Co., Inc., the U.S. business of Denmark’s Enkotec A/S, a global supplier of machinery for manufacturing wire nails. He joined the parent company in 1987, and was promoted to his current position in 1995.    In addition to WAI, Sørige is a member of the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) and the American Wire Producers Association (AWPA). He holds a degree in engineering from the University of Southern Denmark, and speaks multiple languages.
 
The Wire Association International, Inc. is governed by a network of volunteers from around the globe. Joining Sørige for the 2020 term are members of the association’s 2020 executive committee: First Vice President, Tom Heberling, Southwire Co. LLC; Second Vice President, James R. York, Insteel Industries; Immediate Past President, W.T. Bigbee, Encore Wire Corp.; and Executive Committee Member, Daniel Blais, Prysmian.  
 
WAI, founded in 1930, is a not-for-profit association with nearly 2,000 individual members in 51 countries. The association serves the educational needs of the wire and cable manufacturing industry through a variety of products and services. WAI manages the Interwire Trade Exhibition and the WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo and publishes the Wire Journal International, Wire Journal International Reference Guide, and WIRE BULLETIN through subsidiary operations. 

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