The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. announces that its Board of Directors (BOD) has cancelled the WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo 2020 due to the uncertain trajectory and effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was originally scheduled for June 3-4, 2020, at the Mohegan Sun Resort Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.
On March 19, 2020, WAI announced the suspension of the event, pending further investigation of the availability of alternate dates and the viability of rescheduling later this year.
After full consideration, and recommendation by WAI’s Exhibition Planning Committee, the BOD made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the summit and expo. However, some elements of WAI’s 90th Annual Convention, including the presentation of the WAI Mordica Memorial, Donnellan Memorial, and President’s Awards, will take place in 2020, likely with a WAI Chapter event.
Commenting on the BOD decision, WAI President and Exhibition Planning Committee member Jan Sørige, said “I am confident in our decision. Our priority is the health and safety of WAI’s community. As of today, we shift focus to Interwire 2021 in Atlanta. WAI’s staff and committee members are fully engaged to ensure that Interwire is a success. We extend thanks to WAI’s loyal exhibitor base, its sponsors, and speakers and look forward to a productive show in 2021.”
Next year Interwire—the largest and longest running trade event for wire and cable in the Americas—will celebrate 40 years since its founding. It is scheduled for May 10-13, 2021, at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where it originated in 1981.
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