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Keynote speakers named for Wire Expo

The Wire Association International (WAI) has announced two keynote speakers for Wire Expo 2024, which will be held June 11-12 at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.

On 11 June, HO Woltz III, chairman, president and CEO of Insteel, will deliver his keynote address Success based on committing to continuous improvement and a passion for manufacturing. Mr Woltz will provide a status report on the challenges and opportunities facing the ferrous wire industry, drawing on his 45 years in the industry, including more than 30 years as CEO.

Mr Woltz will also be honored as the 2024 recipient of the WAI Champion's Award, which recognizes an industry executive's support of the association and its mission.

On 12 June, keynote speaker Paul Furtado, COO, Prysmian North America, will present Elevating operations: paving the way to manufacturing excellence. This presentation will outline key elements of ongoing efforts to optimize operational processes through the Prysmian Operating System (POS) approach, including how to build employee engagement and a culture of continuous improvement strategies in creating focus, transparency and alignment throughout the organization. It will highlight specific tools such as strategy deployment and leveraging internal systems as an approach centred on core manufacturing principles and maximizing teams' capabilities.

Commenting on the conference, WAI executive director Steven Fetteroll said, WAI is honored to have these executives involved to inspire each day of Wire Expo. Their individual messages on improvement and excellence are echoed in the rest of the conference program.