The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. announces the appointment of Dane G. Armendariz as the association’s first Technical Advisor, in a role that commences on January 1, 2020.

In this position Armendariz will serve as consultant to help assemble ferrous-related educational programming for upcoming conferences. He will also be a resource for WAI members in need of technical expertise within their organizations. WAI plans to add a second Technical Advisor in 2020 who will have expertise in the electrical sector.

Commenting on the appointment, WAI President W.T. Bigbee said, “Some may recognize Dane as he has been an active WAI volunteer and has spent the majority of his career in the wire business. He has a broad background in the ferrous sector and we welcome his expertise with regard to the association’s educational mission.”

WAI’s Executive Director Steven Fetteroll added “The Association will continue to rely on the technical expertise of its volunteers for the majority of ongoing initiatives. These new resources will complement and expand our capacity to serve the educational needs of the membership and the industry.”

In 2020, Armendariz will retire from his current role as Key Industry Manager at Chemetall. He brings with him to the post a vast knowledge in all segments of wire drawing gained through his decades-long career interacting with wire manufactures and rod suppliers. Over the years he contributed to WAI’s Fundamentals of Wire Manufacturing Course as well as the technical program and production solutions. Armendariz served as the 56th President of the Wire Association in 2010 and he is a life member of WAI. He holds a degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and resides in Florida.

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